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Seren is a network of regional hubs designed to support Wales’ brightest sixth formers achieve their academic potential and gain access to leading universities.

The Seren Network:

  • inspires students about future career aspirations - nurturing Wales’ talented students to give them the best possible education and training and make the most of the opportunities available to them.
  • stretches and challenges students in the subjects they enjoy - attending subject-specific workshops to extend their depth of knowledge and creating a peer group of high achieving, like-minded students who are passionate about their subject.
  • links students with leading UK universities, providing information on university courses and advice on how to choose between them. Also providing information on university summer schools, workshops and other activities taking place across the UK which might be of interest. There are also opportunities to interact directly with university staff and tutors and current undergraduates.
  • provides hands-on support and advice - in preparation of UCAS applications and for university interviews and assessments, with mock interviews and feedback sessions.
  • supports schools and teachers in providing the best information, advice and activities for their high achieving students.

Background

In May 2013, Paul Murphy MP, the former Secretary of State for Wales, was appointed to be the Welsh Government’s Oxbridge Ambassador and tasked with improving the decline in Welsh applications and admissions to Oxford and Cambridge Universities. A year later, he presented a 32-page report to Education Minister Huw Lewis, and his call for a “national network of partnership hubs” to support talented students was approved by the Welsh government.

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