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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The good idea

Following Dai Smith’s review into arts in schools, the Welsh Government, via the Arts Council of Wales, established the arts and creative learning plan. Funding was distributed to lead creative schools, creative practitioners to assist those schools in brokering relationships, and to consortia/lead bodies to develop four Regional Arts in Education Networks – one for each of Wales’ educational regions. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David wished to bid for funding and secure a position as the lead body for the South West region (region 2) and sought our help to secure funding and make the project happen.

What we did

We worked with the University’s officers to develop their bid within a very tight timescale, liaising with a range of internal interests. We also worked with external partners including the various local authorities within the region as well as third sector organisations to build a consortium and secure support for the proposals. We developed a programme for the work and authored the bid proposal for submission, working closely alongside the University’s officers.

Results of our work

The University bid was successful and secured the £1.1m that was applied for and positioning the University in the lead for delivering the south west (region 2) Arts in Education Network for the five year period of the programme.