GWLAD Project wins ‘Best Application of Cross-Cutting Themes’ at the EU Funds: Investing in Wales Event


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s GWLAD Project (Growing Workforces through Learning and Development) has won the ‘Best Application of Cross-Cutting Themes’ award at the EU Funds: Investing in Wales Event.


The event, held at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea and organised by the Wales European Funding Office (WEFO), celebrated the 60th anniversary of the European Social Fund and the impact of EU funding in Wales.

GWLAD is an innovative project that is helping to develop the skills of employees across South West Wales through the University’s Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning. It is supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government as well as by a contribution from the private sector and part-funding through the University.  The Project provides access to higher level subsided staff development to enterprises in South West Wales, leading to university qualifications.

The award recognised the work that the GWLAD team have done in incorporating the cross-cutting themes (CCTs) of Equal Opportunities and Gender Mainstreaming, Sustainable Development, the Welsh Language and Tackling Poverty and Social Inclusion into the fabric of the Project.


Heather Fish, CCT Lecturer for GWLAD, said: 

"We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award from WEFO.  The team have worked hard to innovate, implement and drive the ethos of the CCTs in all our Project activities.  We identified Champions in the areas of Sustainability, the Welsh Language, Gender Mainstreaming as well as Tackling Poverty and Social Inclusion, and these individuals have made a significant impact in their respective areas, which they have real passion for." 

The team come together outside work to make an impact in this respect.  A recent example is the reclamation of a pond on campus, organised by Stephanie Meyer the Sustainable Development Champion in collaboration with the UWTSD Estates Department.  The result is a relaxing, uplifting space enjoyed by students, staff, visitors and assorted wildlife.

The Eco-Code, developed for the bid, was updated and improved by Stephanie, who devised a year-long schedule of monthly sustainability challenges to embed the principles within the team's day-to-day activities.  From this, Stephanie, led the development of an online Eco-code tool, available to all our students, whereby they can create an Eco-code specifically for their own workplaces. This encourages longer-term thinking, building skills and competencies which will improve business sustainability performance in the immediate and longer-term.  It stimulates workplace integration, a balance of economic, environmental and social sustainability which works on a practical level.

Martin Locock, Principal Project Officer for GWLAD, said:

"We made sure that the Cross-Cutting Themes were built into the project from the bid stage onwards, and the project team have adopted them wholeheartedly.  We are currently developing case studies showing how individuals have benefited from their participation in the project and the impact it has had on their workplaces."

If you would like to find out how GWLAD can make a difference to your business, please contact a member of our friendly team on 01267 225169, drop us an email via, or take a look at our website or Facebook page. Alternatively, why not pop along to one of our free and informal ‘taster sessions’, where you can meet the team, chat to our knowledgeable tutors and get a taste of how our courses can develop your skills and organisational performance.

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GWLAD is led by the Wales Institute for Work-based Learning at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

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Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / or Maddie Hinkin, Senior Recruitment Officer – GWLAD Project on 01267 225183 /