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Cabinet Secretary meets "inspirational" students at The Open University in Wales

Kirsty Williams AM and Rob Humphreys (centre) with OU students and employers.

The Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, visited The Open University in Wales last week to meet students, staff, and employers.

Director of the OU in Wales, Rob Humphreys, gave the Cabinet Secretary on overview of the University’s work followed by a discussion about the issues facing part-time students in Wales and ways to support flexible routes in to higher education.

Ms Williams was then invited to meet with five OU students including the OU students’ association representative for Wales, Claire Smith, and two employers who provide support for their staff to study with the OU. The students discussed their study journeys and their OU experiences with the Cabinet Secretary and reflected on the impact that their studies have had on their lives and career prospects. The discussion also focussed on how the OU’s flexible approach can benefit employers and ways in which the Welsh Government could seek to support this further. 

While at the OU in Wales Ms Williams was also able to see some audio materials being recorded for a new Welsh History module that is currently in development.

Following the visit Kirsty Williams said,

The Open University in Wales occupies a unique place in our higher education sector, as well as in Welsh public life, as the only provider specialising in part-time provision. It is vital that Wales continues to benefit from this high quality provision as well as their commendable work in widening access and creating opportunities for individuals to improve their employment prospects.

I am grateful to Rob and his team for the invite and to the students I met whose stories on their journey to higher education were inspirational to hear.

Director of the OU in Wales, Rob Humphreys, said

“We are incredibly grateful to Kirsty Williams for taking the time to meet with us and our students and to be able to see first-hand how the OU can help individuals to achieve their goals. We are also very grateful to Sean, Paul, Nicola, Sam and Claire who gave up their time to come and share their stories with us and were outstanding student ambassadors for the University.”

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