Cardiff University Schools Partnership Project

Welcome to the Cardiff University Schools Partnership Project (CUSP). Cardiff University is one of twelve universities from across the UK who have been funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK) as part of their School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI).

The SUPI aims to create structured and strategic mechanisms for Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to work in partnership with secondary schools and FE colleges. This partnership working will support researchers’ direct engagement with students and bring contemporary and inspirational research contexts into formal and informal learning to enhance and enrich the curriculum. To find out more about this initiative visit: http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/pe/PartnershipsInitiative/.

The CUSP project is working with existing partner schools and Cardiff University School Engagement projects as well as linking with the Central South Consortium Joint Educational Services. The project aims to: critique Cardiff University’s existing provision of engagement for schools; fund the development of new, or improve and enrich existing, activities; provide opportunities for teachers and the University to share and support teaching and learning; develop the skills of University staff and students; explore the University’s opportunities to support young people who are not in education, employment or training; to develop infrastructure to support partnership working.

Curriculum Support Site

The Curriculum Support site has been developed as part of the CUSP project. The site aims to improve how the University communicates its school engagement programme to its external audiences.

The site was developed following consultation with teachers as part of the new Teacher Advisory Panel (TAP) approach being piloted across the University. The TAP approach allows the University to work in partnership with teachers to ensure that all developments address the needs of both schools and the University. The Curriculum Support site is designed to allow teachers to search the full range of curriculum linked engagement activities by key stage, curriculum subject, type of activity and Academic School. In addition to curriculum linked activities, the programme search allows teachers to link directly with the full range of school outreach programmes that the University offers. These include those activities and events aimed at encouraging students to aspire to and prepare for higher education as well as those linked to research institutes and other partner organisations.