UWE has a commitment to support the local community through partnership activities. They have a particularly strong approach to supporting local schools through enhancing their governance and commitment to social mobility.
The university provides staff volunteers to deliver Ablaze programmes and works in partnership with Ablaze through its school liaison and widening participation teams. UWE volunteers are fully engaged with Ablaze programmes across both primary and secondary schools.
At primary level reading enthusiastic reading buddies are involved at Minerva Academy, Lockleaze Primary, and Ashton Gate Primary. Numeracy is supported at Begbrook Primary Academy and Glenfrome Primary. This commitment was recognised by an Ablaze award.
Coaching and mentoring programmes run by Ablaze in secondary schools are supported by UWE staff. Schools fully appreciate this support in raising aspirations and self esteem from UWE ambassadors who serve as good role models.