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Overview

The Seren Network is the Welsh Government’s flagship initiative supporting more able and talented pupils in schools and colleges across Wales to access quality higher education opportunities in Wales, across the UK and around the world.

Background

Since 2018 , we have:

  • Cofounded partnerships with
    top UK, US and other global universities
  • Managed relationships with programmes
  • Seen significant expansion in the number of Seren students interested and participating in programmes and the number of available study destinations

Outcomes/achievements

  • Access to world class academic education at top universities for many of Wales’ brightest students
  • Raised aspirations
  • Broadened horizons
  • Formed global connections
  • Seen success in Seren students’ progressing to Higher Education at institutions across the globe

Our Alumni

Hover over the images to learn more about our class of 2020

Katie Roberts

Representing: Ysgol Bryn Elian Academic track: Literature, Philosophy, and Culture, YYGS-Connect 2020

James Goodrich

Representing: Ysgol John Bright Academic track: Biomedical and Biological Sciences, YYGS-Connect 2020

Oliver Hampshire

Representing: Cardiff High School Capstone: Maths and Physical Sciences, Seren International Online 2020

Carla Roberts

Representing: Pembrokeshire College Capstone: Humanities and Social Sciences, Seren International Online 2020

In light of COVID-19:

As a result of COVID-19, by mid-March, the Welsh Government made the decision to cancel all international travel for Seren students in 2020 in line with increasing global restrictions on travel and public health guidance which prevailed throughout the spring and summer months.

 

Keeping the Seren International vision alive despite COVID-19:

Understanding the students’ disappointment and keen to limit the impact of COVID-19 on students’ academic progress, the Welsh Government’s Seren team and Equal Talent Partners became increasingly keen to develop alternative offerings for the students initially admitted to international initiatives through Seren in 2020.

COVID-19 has and continues to hinder many students’ academic progress and threatens to widen the gap between students from privileged and disadvantaged backgrounds. It was therefore considered more important than ever that support is given to Wales’ highest potential students from all backgrounds. Rhian Griffiths (Head of Seren) asked Matthew Williams (Jesus College Oxford) and Liam Rahman (Equal Talent Patners) to explore whether an online alternative to the residential programmes would be possible. This resulted in the formation and delivery of the following two digital offerings to the Seren students initially admitted to international programmes in 2020:

  • The 3-week Seren International Online programme delivered by Jesus College Oxford and Equal Talent Partners (incorporating academics at Yale-NUS College and MIT) made available to all 127 students who were (prior to the challenges caused by COVID-19) offered a place on an international residential programme (at Harvard,
    UChicago or Yale) through Seren in 2020.
  • The 1-week Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Connect Program offered to all 32 Seren students initially admitted to the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) residential programme in 2020.

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