What is Seren?

Seren is the Welsh Government’s flagship initiative supporting more able and talented learners in schools and colleges across Wales to access quality higher education opportunities in Wales, across the UK and around the world.
Seren is made up of the following distinct areas of support for young people across Wales: Seren Academy, Seren Foundation, Seren International, and Seren Alumni.

New Seren collaborations for 2022

Professional Learning Programme for Educators

Through this programme, launched in March 2022, we’re supporting teachers across Wales to better support More Able & Talented (MAT) learners, through a series of live training sessions & workshops and on demand content made available from a wide range of partners including leading universities, admissions test specialists, experts in developing teachers’ pedagogical approaches and leaders in the field of widening access.

To get involved, please get in touch with Lindsey Dawson, Professional Learning Manager, by emailing lindsey.dawson@equaleducationpartners.com

International Study Mentoring Programme

Through this programme, launched in February 2022, we’re supporting first year Seren Academy learners (those in year 12 or their first year at a further education college) across Wales to explore the possibilities for studying internationally. This is being done through a series of live sessions, one-to-one mentoring and on demand content made available from a wide range of partners including leading universities, university admissions specialists, and Seren alumni studying overseas.

To get involved (as a mentor or mentee), please get in touch with Lindsey Dawson, Professional Learning Manager, by emailing lindsey.dawson@equaleducationpartners.com

Seren Space | Gofod Seren – digital platform

The Seren Space digital platform, launching in April 2022, will be the online home of the Seren programme for all learners, educators and partners involved in the Welsh Government’s flagship initiative to improve access to competitive higher education destinations for Wales’ brightest young people. This platform will streamline our running of the programme, further expand the opportunities available to young people and enhance our ability to measure and optimise our impact over time.

Hysbysiad Preifatrwydd Gofod Seren Space Privacy Notice

To find out more, contact Lois Williams, Project Manager (Higher Education), by emailing lois.williams@equaleducationpartners.com.

Seren partnering with Welsh universities

Prifysgol Aberystwyth University

More information coming soon! For details contact Lois Williams, HE Partnerships Manager by emailing lois.williams@equaleducationpartners.com.

Prifysgol Y Drindod Dewi Sant (PYDDS) | University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)

More information coming soon! For details contact Lois Williams, HE Partnerships Manager by emailing lois.williams@equaleducationpartners.com.

Collaborations with all other Welsh universities

More information coming soon! For details contact Lois Williams, HE Partnerships Manager by emailing lois.williams@equaleducationpartners.com.

Seren International Summer Schools

Seren International Online Summer School

The Seren International Online Summer School initiative built in partnership with Jesus College at the University of Oxford enrolled over 100 learners in 2020 and 300 learners in 2021. In 2022, the Seren International Online Summer School will support 400 learners across Wales. To find out more, contact Lois Williams, Project Manager (Higher Education), by emailing lois.williams@equaleducationpartners.com.

Seren-Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Partnership

Between 2018 and 2021, through a co-funded scholarship established through Equal between the Welsh Government and YYGS at Yale University, 116 Welsh sixth form learners attended the Yale Young Global Scholars residential programme in New Haven (USA), at the Yale Center in Beijing (China), or online.

In 2022, due to the ongoing uncertainties caused by the pandemic, Seren is not running any international residential summer schools. Students are encouraged to apply to the Seren International Online Summer School, the Seren Jesus College Oxford Residential Summer School and other summer opportunities created by Seren in collaboration with Welsh and other UK universities.

Seren Harvard Summer School Scholarship

In 2019, 23 Seren learners were supported to attend the Harvard Summer School on campus at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

In 2022, due to the ongoing uncertainties caused by the pandemic, Seren is not running any international residential summer schools. Students are encouraged to apply to the Seren International Online Summer School, the Seren Jesus College Oxford Residential Summer School and other summer opportunities created by Seren in collaboration with Welsh and other UK universities.

Some numbers

12
Number of countries represented by our summer school instructors
566
Learners supported to attend summer schools with top universities
18,000+
Hours of learning delivered through the Seren International Online summer school in 2021