University of Wales Institute Cardiff

University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC) provides education and training opportunities that are accessible, flexible and of the highest quality, and has been independently acclaimed for its high academic standards and for its high level of student satisfaction.

UWIC is made up of five Academic Schools:

• The renowned Cardiff School of Art & Design;
• The Cardiff School of Education - one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK;
• The Cardiff School of Health Sciences - with the recently opened £4.9million research centre;
• The Cardiff School of Management - which offers the largest on campus MBA in the UK;
• and its famous Cardiff School of Sport.

UWIC specialises in courses that are career orientated and which have been designed in conjunction with business and industry.

The UWIC School of Health Sciences is made up of 9 areas and covers a wide portfolio of courses in the Health Sciences and Social Care areas, with a number of our programmes being unique within Wales. The School is research active, has a wide range of ongoing enterprise activities and professionally accredited programmes which provide excellent career opportunities.

Staff and students from the BSc Social Work, HND Health and social Care and Housing Programmes have been actively involved in the INCOSO project.

The Welsh Language and Culture

Wales is a country with its own language and distinct culture. Welsh language and culture is therefore considered as a key component in social work education and training.

Recent Census information informs us that 21% of Welsh people can speak some Welsh. (2001 Census.) The Welsh Language Board estimate, from their 2004-6 survey of 7700 respondents that:

“20.5 per cent (588 thousand) of all people aged 3 and over could speak Welsh.
This compares with 20.8 per cent in the 2001 Census.
• 58 per cent (317 thousand) of the Welsh speakers considered themselves to be fluent in Welsh. It is estimated, therefore, that approximately 12 per cent of all people aged 3 and over could speak Welsh fluently. 83 per cent of speakers in Gwynedd were fluent, the highest percentage in Wales. In Monmouthshire, the authority with the lowest percentage, 13 per cent were fluent.
• Among those who said they could speak Welsh, the percentage that considered themselves to be fluent increased with age. Of speakers aged 3 to 15 years, 47 per cent were fluent, compared to 71 per cent of the speakers over 65 years of age.”

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In South East Wales, while the number of those able to speak Welsh is rising, largely because it is a compulsory subject in schools, it is a small but significant minority for whom it is their first and preferred language.

Multi-cultural Wales

The South East Wales region has a long history of ethnic minority communities due to the development of the region’s sea ports in the 19th century. People from all over Europe and further afield – for example, the Yemen, Somalia and other African countries, settled in the port towns and cities.

Further waves of immigration from the Caribbean and Asia in the 20th century, followed by settlements of asylum seekers and recent economic migrants from central and Eastern Europe has created a rich cultural mix. For example, in the Capital City Cardiff, one in ten residents would describe themselves as being from an ethnic minority. (Ref: Cardiff Council Race Equality Scheme 2005 – 2008)

Our first project meeting in Vantaa, Finland


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