Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship 2019- all your questions answered

 

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Last month, we announced some exciting opportunities to study in the US this summer, including at Harvard and Yale Universities.

This blog answers all your questions about the Harvard opportunity. For further information about Yale, please visit this blog.

Remember: you may apply for a place on both the Harvard Summer School and Yale Young Global Scholars Programme (YYGS) but you will only receive Seren funding for one of these, should you be successful.

For students who apply for both: places for Harvard will be announced before YYGS.  Therefore, if you are successful in being offered a place at Harvard and YYSG you will automatically be discounted for Seren funding for the YYGS programme. You may still attend YYGS if successful but will need to fund this yourself as this will be outside of the YYGS Seren partnership.

Seren applicants to both Yale Young Global Scholars and Harvard Summer School in 2019 will need the following forms:

  1. Sign Up Form for 2019 Seren International Summer Programme Workshops
  2. Question Submission Form for 2019 Seren International Summer Programmes
  3. Scholarship Application Form for 2019 Seren International Summer Programmes

 

Overview

The Seren Network has established a scholarship with the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program at Harvard University, USA.

In 2019, the Seren Network will support up to 5 Seren students to participate in the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program at Harvard University, USA.

For five Seren students, the Welsh Government will provide a scholarship worth $4,700 per student.

The Harvard Pre-College Program is an immersive, collaborative, and transformative residential experience.

Alongside peers from around the world, you’ll thrive in a dynamic and supportive academic environment.

Through the Harvard Pre-College Program, you’ll be introduced to college life as you attend challenging classes, live on campus, and enjoy fun excursions and activities.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn without limits, live at Harvard and thrive outside the classroom.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How do I find out more about the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program? 

To find out more about the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program please click on the following link:

https://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs/pre-college-program

  1. How do I apply to the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program?

All students should follow the application process on the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program website. Please click on the following link:

https://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs/pre-college-program/admissions

To be eligible for the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship you must also complete the Seren International Summer Programme Scholarship Application Form at the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/fyoq5d

  1. What is the deadline for applying to the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program?

The closing date for applications to the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College program 2019 is Friday, February 1, 2019 at 5pm noon GMT.

To apply, go to:

https://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs/pre-college-program/admissions

  1. What if I miss the deadline?

If you miss the application deadline, your application to Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program will not be considered.

All parts of the application must be complete for consideration for admission.

  1. Who should apply to the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program?

Harvard Summer School Pre-College 2019 program is open to applications from anybody who meets the eligibility criteria described on the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program website.

Please see the following link for details:

https://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs/pre-college-program/admissions

However, the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship is only available to Seren Network students currently in Year 12 or the first year of A Levels at college if attending a further education college.

The application process is highly competitive so only the strongest applicants will be offered admission.

The Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program is designed to challenge top performing high school students with fast-paced, university-level material. Prior to arriving at Harvard, students are required to do preparatory reading and during the program will spend the majority of each day in lectures, seminars, and small-group discussions.

The academic work in the program is intense and each session covers a wide variety of material in two weeks. Students must also be mature and able to engage respectfully and civilly in discussions over controversial intellectual, moral, and political issues.

  1. How long is the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program?

The Harvard Summer School Pre-College program is two weeks long, with sessions commencing from mid-June through to the end of July.

  1. Would I be travelling to Harvard independently or would someone be with me?

The 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program has different start dates ranging from mid-June through to late-July.

As a result, there will not necessarily be a designated party of Seren Network students or representatives travelling together.

Students applying should be prepared to travel independently and this should be a consideration before applying.

Of course, any Seren students admitted to the same session are welcome to travel together and Seren will endeavour to help facilitate this where possible, but this cannot be guaranteed.

  1. What does the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship cover? 

Tuition for each session of the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program is $4,700 USD (including $100 for health insurance).

The scholarship includes all programme costs.

This includes your instruction, housing on one of Harvard’s historic residential colleges, three meals per day, programme-related activities, and health insurance.

Travel is not included in program tuition.

  1. How likely is it that my traveling costs will be covered?

The $4,700 USD Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship does not cover traveling expenses.

The Seren Network, will work with successful students to raise funds to support travel costs.

  1. As a Seren student, will I be guaranteed a position in the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program?

No, Seren cannot guarantee the success of any individual application to Harvard Summer School.

Harvard Summer School’s application process is highly competitive.

Whilst the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship is available for up to five Seren students in 2019, the standard of applications must still be high enough to be worthy of an offer of admission independently of the scholarship, so only the strongest applications will be offered a space.

Applications will be considered by the Harvard Summer School admissions team and final decisions for admission to Harvard Summer School’s Pre-College Program will be made by the Harvard Summer School.

  1. How will the Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program know that Im a Seren student and how do I notify them?

You must complete the Seren International Summer Programme Scholarship Application Form at the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/fyoq5d

You must also inform your Seren hub coordinator of your application to YYGS. Your coordinator is required to provide a final list of applicants from their hubs. This final list will be submitted to YYGS as the final list of Seren-eligible applicants for the YYGS summer school.

You should also mention your membership of Seren within your application.

As well as demonstrating an applicant’s success in gaining admission to this exclusive network, this will draw an application to the attention of admissions staff at Harvard Summer School who are expecting applications from Seren students.

  1. When will I be notified whether my application to the 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program has been successful or not?

Applicants will be notified electronically of admissions decisions by 25th February 2019.

  1. Can students who are not members of The Seren Network apply?

Harvard Summer School is open to applications from anybody who meets the eligibility criteria described on the Harvard Summer School website.

Please see the following link for details:

https://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs/pre-college-program/admissions

However, the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship is only available to Seren Network students who are successful in their applications to the Harvard Summer School’s Pre-College Program in 2019 and who have NOT previously attended a paid summer school in the US as part of a Welsh cohort. Students who have benefitted from a scholarship, or supported financially by their unitary authority, or the welsh Government are not eligible for funding for 2019.

The application process is highly competitive and so only the strongest applicants will be made an offer of admission. 

  1. Do I need to apply for financial aid portion in my application to Harvard Summer School?

 No.

Seren Network applicants do not need to apply for financial aid as part of their application to Harvard Summer School’s Pre-College Program to be eligible for the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship which will be given to up to five successful applicants from the Seren Network in 2019. 

  1. How do I pay the $75 application fee? Is this covered by the scholarship?

Ordinarily, all applicants must pay the $75 application fee.

Harvard Summer School will waive the application fee if it would constitute a significant financial burden for the student’s family.

All Seren applicants to the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship in 2019 must complete the Seren International Summer Programme Scholarship Application Form at the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/fyoq5d

In order to gain a fee waiver, you must indicate that the fee would constitute a significant burden to you or your family.

Then, you will receive an Application Fee Code to include in you Harvard Summer School application in the same section where you indicate your membership of Seren.

Students and families who can afford the $75 application fee should not indicate that they need an application fee waiver.

Applicants must not share Application Fee Codes with other applicants.

Applicants found to be doing so could be automatically disqualified from being eligible for the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship in 2019.

  1. I have more questions relating to Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program, where should I go?

Applicants should look out for information from their Seren hub coordinators and the Seren Network Facebook page about in-person and Facebook Live information sessions and workshops about 2019 Seren International Summer Programmes happening in January 2019.

Please see the following link to sign up to a workshop about the international summer programmes supported by Seren in 2019:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/feLnI5

If you’re a Seren student, please submit all questions relating to the Seren-Harvard Summer School Scholarship in 2019 via the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/cB3obD

If an applicant has any technical difficulties, they should email:

precollege@summer.harvard.edu

(and cc liam.rahman@aya.yale.edu on the correspondence)

You can also email – Liam Rahman, at liam.rahman@aya.yale.edu or – Manon Charles, at manon.charles@equal.international.

Applicants can also seek guidance from their school’s university guidance counsellors and Seren hub coordinators.

We do, however, advise that guidance in this FAQ document and from the Harvard Summer School website is followed and prioritised above other advice you might receive.

Seren-Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Partnership 2019 – all your questions answered

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Last month, we announced some exciting opportunities to study in the US this summer, including at Yale and Harvard Universities.

This blog answers all your questions about the Yale opportunity.

For further information about Harvard, please visit this blog.

Remember: you may apply for a place on both the Harvard Summer School and Yale Young Global Scholars Programme (YYGS) but you will only receive Seren funding for one of these, should you be successful.

For students who apply for both: places for Harvard will be announced before YYGS.  Therefore, if you are successful in being offered a place at Harvard and YYSG you will automatically be discounted for Seren funding for the YYGS programme. You may still attend YYGS if successful but will need to fund this yourself as this will be outside of the YYGS Seren partnership.

Seren applicants to both Yale Young Global Scholars and Harvard Summer School in 2019 will need the following forms:

  1. Sign Up Form for 2019 Seren International Summer Programme Workshops
  2. Question Submission Form for 2019 Seren International Summer Programmes
  3. Scholarship Application Form for 2019 Seren International Summer Programmes

 

Overview

The Seren Network has extended and expanded its unique partnership with the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Program at Yale University, USA.

In 2018, 16 Seren students were admitted to Yale Young Global Scholars and received full funding to participate in academically rigorous two-week programmes on campus at Yale University in the USA.

For 2019, The Seren Network aims to support up to 30 Seren students to participate in the (YYGS Summer Program that will take place in New Haven (USA) and Beijing (China), providing a scholarship worth $6,250 per student co-funded by Welsh Government and YYGS.

YYGS is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program for outstanding high school students from around the world.

Each summer, students from over 100 countries participate in one of nine interdisciplinary sessions and immerse themselves in a global learning community.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How do I find out more about the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) programme?

 To find out more about Yale Young Global Scholars, please click on the following link: https://globalscholars.yale.edu/   

  1. How do I apply to the YYGS summer 2019 programme?

All students should follow the application process on the YYGS website. Please click on the following link: https://apply.globalscholars.yale.edu/apply/

  1. What is the deadline for applying to the YYGS summer 2019 program?

The closing date for applications to YYGS summer 2019 is 04:59 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) 7th February 2019. To apply, go to: https://apply.globalscholars.yale.edu/apply/

  1. What if I miss the deadline?

If you miss the application deadline, your application to YYGS will not be considered. All parts of the application must be complete for consideration for admission to YYGS.

  1. Who should apply to the YYGS summer 2019 program?

YYGS summer 2019 program is open to applications from anybody who meets the eligibility criteria described on the YYGS website. Please see the following link for details: https://globalscholars.yale.edu/applying/eligibility-requirements.

However, the Seren-YYGS Scholarship is only available to Seren Network students currently in Year 12 or the first year of A Levels at college if attending a further education college. The application process is highly competitive so only the strongest applicants will be offered admission.

The YYGS Program is designed to challenge top performing high school students with fast-paced, university-level material.

Prior to arriving at Yale, students are required to do several hundred pages of preparatory reading and during the program will spend the majority of each day in lectures, seminars, and small-group discussions.

Participants also complete a major writing and presentation assignment in which they are asked to collaborate with a team of students.

The academic work in the program is intense and each session covers a wide variety of material in two weeks.

Students must also be mature and able to engage respectfully and civilly in discussions over controversial intellectual, moral, and political issues.

A student in the program must have:

  • An excellent academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A desire and ability to work cooperatively with peers
  • A good work ethic
  • An ability to read, analyse, and reflect on large quantities of difficult material in English
  • High standards of personal and professional conduct
  1. How long is the YYGS summer 2019 program?

YYGS is two weeks long, with sessions commencing from mid-June through to the end of July.

  1. Would I be travelling to YYGS independently or would someone be with me?

YYGS summer 2019 has different start dates ranging from mid-June through to late-July.

Sessions are also delivered in different locations (New Haven, USA and Beijing, China).

As a result, there will not be a designated party of Seren Network students or representatives travelling together.

Students applying should be prepared to travel independently and this should be a consideration before applying.

Any Seren students admitted to the same session (in the same location and with the same start date) are welcome to travel together and we will endeavour to help facilitate this where possible. 

  1. Can I apply to the session in Beijing?

Yes, Beijing is definitely one of the options.

  1. What does the Seren-Yale Scholarship cover?

Tuition for each session of the 2019 Yale Young Global Scholars Program is $6,250 USD. The scholarship includes all programme costs

It also includes your accommodation in one of Yale’s historic residential colleges in New Haven or a hotel conveniently located near the Yale Center Beijing in China, three meals per day, and optional health insurance.

Travel is not included.

  1. How likely is it that my travelling costs will be covered?

The Seren-Yale Scholarship does not cover traveling expenses.

The Seren Network, will work with successful students to raise funds to support travel costs.

  1. As a Seren student, will I be guaranteed a position in the YYGS summer 2019 program?

No, Seren cannot guarantee the success of any individual application to YYGS. YYGS’s application process is highly competitive.

While the Seren-YYGS Partnership has identified up to 30 places that can be funded for Seren students in 2019, the standard of applications must still be high enough to be worthy of an offer of admission independently of the partnership, so only the strongest applications will be offered a space.

Applications will be considered by the YYGS admissions team and final decisions for admission to YYGS will be made by the YYGS admissions team.

  1. How will YYGS know that Im a Seren student and how do I notify them?

You must complete the Seren International Summer Programme Scholarship Application Form at the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/fyoq5d

You must also inform your Seren hub coordinator of your application to YYGS. Your coordinator is required to provide a final list of applicants from their hubs. This final list will be submitted to YYGS as the final list of Seren-eligible applicants for the YYGS summer school.

You should also mention your membership of Seren within your application.

  1. When will I be notified whether my application to YYGS 2019 has been successful or not?

Applicants will be notified electronically of admissions decisions by late March/ early April 2019.

  1. Can students who are not members of The Seren Network apply?

YYGS is open to applications from across the world who meets the eligibility criteria described on the YYGS website.

Please see the following link for details:

https://globalscholars.yale.edu/applying/eligibility-requirements

However, the Seren-YYGS Scholarship is only available to Seren Network students who are successful in their applications to the YYGS summer 2019 program, and who have NOT previously attended a paid summer school in the US as part of a Welsh cohort.

Students who have benefitted from a scholarship, or supported financially by their unitary authority, or the welsh Government are not eligible for funding for 2019.

The application process is highly competitive and so only the strongest applicants will be made an offer of admission. 

  1. Do I need to complete the financial aid portion of the application? 

Yes, all applicants to the Seren-Yale Scholarship for YYGS summer 2019 must complete the financial aid portion of the application to be considered for this scholarship.

Students who do not apply for financial aid will not be eligible for the Seren-YYGS scholarship and should therefore also pay the application fee.

Please note that any admitted students who do not apply for financial aid will need to raise funds to cover their tuition independently of the Seren-Yale Young Global Scholars 2019 Partnership. 

  1. How do I pay the $60 application fee? Is this covered by the scholarship?

Ordinarily, all applicants must pay the $60 application fee.

YYGS will waive the application fee if it would constitute a significant financial burden for the student’s family.

If this is the case, the 2019 Application Fee Waiver Form in the following link must be submitted with the financial aid portion of your Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) summer 2019 online application submission:

https://globalscholars.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/2019_Fee%20Waiver%20Form.pdf

You must also indicate if you require an application fee waiver in the Seren International Summer Programme Scholarship Application Form at the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/fyoq5d

  1. I have more questions relating to YYGS, where should I go?

Applicants should look out for information from their Seren hub coordinators and the Seren Network Facebook page about in-person and Facebook Live information sessions and workshops about 2019 Seren International Summer Programmes happening in January 2019.

Please see the following link to sign up to a workshop about the international summer programmes supported by Seren in 2019:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/feLnI5

If you’re a Seren student, please submit all questions relating to the Seren-YYGS 2019 Partnership via the following link:

https://equaleducation.typeform.com/to/cB3obD

Year 13 Seren Students and YYGS alumni from 2018 will be more than happy to help you and talk you through the process. Please contact your hub coordinator to be connected with the YYGS students from your hub.

You can also email Liam Rahman, at liam.rahman@aya.yale.edu or – Manon Charles, at manon.charles@equal.international

Applicants can also seek guidance from their school’s university guidance counsellors and Seren hub coordinators. We do, however, advise that guidance in this FAQ document and from the YYGS website is followed and prioritised above other advice you might receive.

Applying to study Medicine in Cardiff

Caitlin Golaup, Team Leader of the Student Engagement & Recruitment Team, tells us all about applying to study Medicine in the capital. 

Choosing a medical school, then getting a place, is not for the fainthearted.  As well as visiting Open Days, to see how you like the feel of the place, you also need to make a decision about what sort of medical school suits how you like to learn and the type of doctor you want to be.  As these are big decisions, good information matters.  Getting lots of detail all at once can be pretty overwhelming, though, and where do you start?

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For any degree, an Open Day visit is essential.  What are the people like?  The Students’ Union?  Sports facilities?  Residences?  Social life?  A glossy brochure or website is all very well but nothing beats seeing it in person.  Planning ahead makes your visit easier, with more chance of cheaper train fares or accommodation.  Cardiff University has its next Open Days on Wednesday 27th March and Friday 5th July 2019, so book your place on www.cardiff.ac.uk.

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Successful application to medical school requires more knowledge and understanding than most other subjects.  To help you decide whether Medicine is for you, and understand your next step, Cardiff University runs Medicine Taster Days (Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June 2019.) Choose from either of two identical days packed with Medicine-related activities and talks, with one programme for students and another designed for a parent or teacher.

  • Our full-day Student Programme explores key elements of becoming a doctor, with talks on our selection process, life as a doctor, funding your medical degree, Case Based Learning and a Q&A panel as well as workshops covering Clinical Skills, Simulation Suite, life as a medical student, Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and writing your personal statement.
  • Our separate, full-day Accompanying Person’s programme, designed for a parent, guardian, careers advisor or teacher, covers many of these subjects but from an angle that looks at the support they, and we, can provide over the next few years.

We also give you lunch and plenty of opportunity to talk to our students about what medical school is really like.

This popular event is free but everyone attending needs a ticket.  Students can come solo or also book a ticket for one Accompanying Person, and vice versa. Booking opens 1st February 2019http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/medicine/courses/undergraduate/open-days

[NOTE TO TEACHERS: Please encourage your students to book early, as sometimes they do not appreciate the importance of reserving their place and places go quickly.]

2019 Summer Programmes – which one will you choose?

With the Christmas break fast approaching, The Seren Network is delighted to announce an early surprise for 2019.

Next summer, Seren students who are currently in year 12 will have the choice of three fully funded summer schools to attend at some of the most elite institutions in the world.three unis

These include:

  • The Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Program – at Yale University
  • The Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program – at Harvard University (NEW!)
  • The Seren Summer School – at Jesus College, Oxford University

These fantastic opportunities will be fully-funded* and as such, places are limited.

The Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Programme – at Yale University – read FAQs here.

What is it?

A two-week summer programme held at the Yale University Campus in New Haven, Connecticut with the option of also choosing a place at the Yale Centre in Beijing, China.

Students can choose between nine academic streams covering a range of topics such as; applied science & engineering, international affairs & globalization and biological & biomedical science.

Students then choose seminars and activities once they have been accepted into a stream.

Around 1,700 students attend the summer school from across the world.

When does it take place?

There are three cohorts over the summer. These are:

  • June 16-29
  • July 7-20
  • July 28-August 10

How many funded* spaces are available?

There are up to 30 funded* spaces available.

What is the application process?

Remember: Don’t start your application yet as we’ve not published the full details of the Welsh Government funding and funding provided from Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS).

The application consists of administration and registration steps, supplying examples of your work and grades, teacher recommendations, questions about your interests as well as a section on essays. These are: 1 x 500-word essay, 2 x 200-word essays.

Here’s a sample application for reference. https://globalscholars.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/2019%20YYGS%20Application%20-%20SAMPLE.pdf 

You can find out more here: https://globalscholars.yale.edu/admissions

In January, we will also be hosting Facebook Live Q&A sessions with Yale Alumni Schools Committee member, Liam Rahman, who will help guide you through your application.

When is the deadline for applications?

The deadline is 7th February 2019 at 04:59 AM GMT (6th February 2019 at 23:59 EST)

Applicants will be notified electronically of admissions decisions by late March or early April.

What’s it like?

Earlier this year, 16 Seren students attended the YYGS programme.

You can watch a video about their experience here: 

You can also read several blogs about the students’ experiences:

 

The Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program – at Harvard University – read FAQs here

What is it?

This is a brand-new opportunity for Seren students to take part in.

Following the success of Seren’s Yale partnership established this year, we’re pleased to announce another US programme for Seren students in summer 2019.

It’s a two-week academic course which covers a semester’s worth of work in two weeks. All sessions are taught by Harvard affiliated staff and around 1,600 students from across the globe attend each year.

Students are expected to attend seminars and workshops around their chosen subject – there are more than 104 to choose from this year including creative writing, legal studies and anthropology & archaeology.

There are also compulsory ‘college life’ modules to attend which include trips outside of campus, including the chance to see the world famous Red Sox in their home stadium in Boston.

When does it take place?

Like Yale, this summer school takes place across three cohorts.

These are:

  • June 23–July 5
  • July 7–July 19
  • July 21–August 2

How many funded spaces are available?

There are up to 5 funded* spaces available.

What is the application process?

Remember: Don’t start your application yet as we’ve not published the full details of the Welsh Government funding.

The application process consists of administration and registration steps, supplying examples of your work and grades, questions about your interests, teacher recommendations and a section on short essays.

You can find out more here: https://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs/pre-college-program

In January, we will also be hosting Facebook Live Q&A sessions with Liam Rahman, who will help guide you through your application.

When is the deadline for applications?

The deadline is 1st February, 17:00 GMT – to be considered for funding support, you must apply by the Early application deadline

What’s it like?

As this is a totally new opportunity for Seren students, we don’t have any Seren testimonials but you can check out the Harvard website for more information.

This includes most commonly asked questions (please ignore all funding related questions here as Seren scholarship information will be provided separately in January)

You might also want to watch some YouTube video diaries of former Harvard students:

The Seren Summer School – at Jesus College, Oxford University

What is it?

The Seren Summer School is a unique collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Welsh Government’s Seren Network.

You’ll get the chance to live and work with Oxford academics and students for a week in the late summer.

The 2019 programme is around the theme of Earth’s Future and will feature a number of lectures, seminars and unique tutorial sessions to help coach students through an essay piece to be handed in during the summer school.

Topics will include; inter-planetary colonisation, climate, biodiversity and habitat change and world order in the age of Trump and Putin.

When does it take place?

It takes place 19th – 23rd August 2019

How many funded spaces are available?

There are up to 75 funded spaces available.

What is the application process?

Students will need to submit their personal information along with an admissions essay to be decided nearer the application opening time.

When is the deadline for applications?

Applications aren’t open yet, but we’ll be announcing their opening in May/June 2019.

What’s it like?

This summer school has been running for two years now and you can watch a video summarising it here: 

You can also read a selection of blogs about it here:

 

We’ll be back in early 2019 with more details, Live Q&A sessions and FAQ blogs to answer all your questions about these three amazing opportunities.

 

In the meantime, we wish you a Merry Christmas / Nadolig Llawen from the Seren team!

 

*Payment for the courses will be covered by The Seren Network via the Welsh Government. Flights and transfers will be funded through private sponsorship which has not yet been fully confirmed, as was the case for Seren students who took part in the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) programme in 2018.

 

 

Spotlight on: Cardiff University

This week, we spoke to Katie Waits from Pontypridd about how her first few months at Cardiff University have been.

 

How did you find the transition from high school to university?

Katie’s time at Cardiff started a bit wobbly, like many students she had first-time nerves and missed home.

“Generally, I’ve had an enjoyable time but initially it was difficult to make friends and I’ve had to learn to be a lot more independent.

“I quickly overcame these issues and threw myself into the aspects of university life I enjoy. For example, I’ve joined the Harry Potter society and used this to make friends with similar interests to me. Living just half and hour from home has helped me manage the transition as well and really enhanced my experience”

 

Why Cardiff?

“As a Russell Group university, Cardiff is an ideal choice for those wanting to aim high. I went to the Open Day and the English department was displayed amazingly, the course seemed really interesting with lots of choice in terms of modules – you can almost design your own course.

“As well as the great reputation, I was drawn to Cardiff for personal reasons. It’s just half an hour from home which is perfect for me, as I know I can suffer quite badly with homesickness. Having lived nearby for all my life, I was already quite familiar with the city which helped my transition.

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What are your highlights?

“The lectures, definitely! I love to learn new things, and couldn’t wait to get back to it, especially having been away from education since June. So far, they have all been informative and incredibly interesting.

“Doing a joint-honours has meant that I get to study two subjects, which prevents either one getting boring. I’ve never studied journalism or media before and it’s fascinating learning the history and theory behind it. English has also introduced me to new ways of thinking, which is exciting!

 

How about outside of studying?

“Being close to home, I get to see my family a lot and I’m also still in touch with friends from school but I’m also enjoying having the independence to experience a new city.

“I spend a fair amount of time walking the streets of Cardiff (everything is in walking distance) getting familiar with living in a city rather than a town. I especially love the parks in Cardiff – they’re beautiful in Autumn because of the colours.

“It’s also been great to meet people in person that I got to know over Facebook during the Summer. There were a few Facebook groups set up for people that would be studying the same course, and I’ve made friends with some lovely people who I can sit with in lectures and chat with in a coffee shop.

“Cardiff is also the home of many popular TV programmes – for example Doctor Who and Sherlock. Also, the new Journalism building is right next door to the new BBC building, a perfect location for someone with an interest in the media, like me!

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How was the applications process?

“It was straight-forward. The English course didn’t require any interviews or tests, the only tricky bit was the personal statement but thanks to help from the Seren Network, I managed to perfect it. The RCT hub co-ordinator encouraged us to send our personal statements to be reviewed by him before sending them off, which was a huge help. It was also helpful to meet speakers and instructors that had previously studied at Cardiff, giving us an insight into what tutors at Cardiff would be looking for.

 

Any tips?

“Yes! Number one; make sure you have a strong personal statement that reflects your passion for the subject, this is what will set you apart from the rest of the applicants. Secondly; there can be a lot of pressure to apply to certain universities, but you need to apply to the one you think you’ll enjoy the most. I felt like I’d enjoy my time at Cardiff, did my research and weighed up the pros and cons.”

 

We’re pleased to announce our latest speakers to the Seren 2018: Above and Beyond annual conference taking place on 4-6 December

Professionals:

Mike Nicholson – Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach, University of Bath – Supporting Competitive Applications

Mike joined the University of Bath in October 2014, having previously worked as Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Oxford (2006-2014) and Head of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Recruitment at the University of Essex (1998-2006). Mike heads the team responsible for managing undergraduate student admissions, student recruitment (UK and international), funding guidance, access and widening participation, and learning partnerships. Mike is currently on the AQA Council, and co-Chaired the Social Mobility Practitioners’ Group established by Universities UK to advise the Minister for Higher Education on supporting progression from under-represented groups in society in 2016. He has recently joined the Evaluation Group for the Welsh Government’s Seren Programme. He was UK Chair of the Higher Education Liaison Officers’ Association from 2014-2017 and served as a member of the UCAS Council until January 2017. He represented English universities on the Welsh Qualifications Reform stakeholder group, and was involved in the SPA National Expert Think Tank on Qualifications Reform in 2015. Mike graduated in 1990 from the University of Sheffield with a degree in English and History. He also attended Allegheny College, Pennsylvania for a year as an exchange student.


Kirstie Ralph – Outreach Officer, University of Nottingham – University Panel Discussion

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I’ve worked in HE for 4 years in several roles, including Student Recruitment, Admissions and most recently Widening Participation so have a broad knowledge of the University sector and practice in advising students in different settings. Until earlier this year I was working in an outreach capacity at the University of Cambridge, which had its own unique opportunities and challenges. I have since moved to Nottingham to concentrate more on project work, including the Brilliant Club and working on a new access initiative for White Working Class boys.


Carolyn Goodwin – Education Consultant, Carolyn Goodwin Consulting – Modern Foreign Languages

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Former Primary Languages Adviser for Wales, Carolyn is currently Freelance, running training for courses in primary methodology. With 15 years secondary teaching experience, Carolyn also lived and taught abroad and is passionate about encouraging young people to “think global”.

Your Global Future – what next after the languages classroom? Whether you have ever studied languages or opted for a different route, this session will explore the range of exciting skills and opportunities and experiences that you may not realise are waiting for you. Don’t just study your subject, live your subject.


Alice Else – Student Recruitment Officer, London School of Economics and Political Science – Supporting Competitive Applications

Alice Else is a Student Recruitment Officer in LSE’s Student Marketing and Recruitment team. She is responsible for recruitment from the UK and has particular responsibility for liaison with schools and colleges in the UK, including organisation of LSE’s Advising the Advisers conference for heads of sixth form and higher education advisers. Alice regularly visits schools and colleges in the UK to talk with prospective students, their parents and advisers covering all issues regarding applying to and studying at LSE.


Anna Williams – Schools Liaison and Marketing Officer, Bangor University – University Panel Discussion

Anna Williams

Responsible for providing a service to schools and colleges throughout Wales, giving guidance and support to prospective university students. Other responsibilities include marketing through the medium of Welsh and various events such as the Welsh Bacc conferences, Bangor University’s presence at the National Eisteddfod and the Urdd Eisteddfod. She is also responsible for the continued partnership with the North Wales Seren hubs (Anglesey & Gwynedd, Conwy & Denbighshire, and Flint & Wrexham), and attends recruitment events across the UK.


Louise Crane – Mezzo soprano and singing teacher – Applying for the Creative Industries/University Panel Discussion

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Since making her debuts at Glyndebourne, English National Opera and the Belgium Royal Opera, Louise Crane has established herself as one of this country’s most sought-after and versatile mezzo sopranos.

She gained AGSM Diploma at the Guildhall, and subsequently won awards from Clonter Opera Trust and the Peter Moores Foundation, as well as a college scholarship, to study at the RNCM. After a season with Glyndebourne Festival Opera Lo won the Peter Stuyvestant Foundation Scholarship to the National Opera Studio where she completed her studies.

Her many & varied roles have included Mother Goose The Rake’s Progress  l; Giovanna Ernani, Ismene The Siege of Corinth, Death Le Rossignol and Smaragdi Francesca da,The Magic Flute and Mistress Quickly Falstaff ; Marcellina The Marriage of Figaro ; Flora La, Jocasta Oedipus Rex and Filipyevna Eugene Onegin ; The Sorceress Dido and Aeneas . She made her debut with English National Opera in Jonathan Harvey’s Inquest of Love and subsequently took part in the opera’s revival at the Brussels Opera.

Increasingly in demand for concert engagements at home and abroad, Louise has broadcast Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, appeared on Friday Night is Music Night and toured with the Basque Symphony Orchestra of Spain and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and has recorded extracts from Handel’s Messiah for Classic FM and performed the same work in Britain and the Far East. Louise was also a member of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and  toured with the company in Britain and the USA and has had a long and regular association with Opera della Luna, Louise appears as a guest artist with Impropera, giving regular performances in London’s West End and King’s Place as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe.

She is a singing teacher at the Birmingham Conservatoire and also runs vocal workshops for choirs and trains business people in the art of presentation and use of vocal skills.

Louise is currently playing Juno Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera della Luna at the Iford Arts Music Festival, and on tour in the UK.


Steve Minney – Head of Undergraduate Recruitment, Swansea University – Supporting Competitive Applications

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Steve has worked in the fields of student recruitment, admissions policy and widening participation for over two decades within higher education. A former chair of HELOA Wales and experienced school governor, Steve is particularly interested in character education and changing definitions of successful learning.


Rhiannon Jenkins – NACE Associate, Wales – Sharing Research and Best Practice

Rhiannon Jenkins is NACE Associate, Wales. In this role she focuses on delivery and networking, building on the extensive work that NACE has developed in Wales. A bilingual speaker, Rhiannon works within various educational settings, delivering consultancy work, CPD and INSET days whilst also assisting on the promotion of the NACE Challenge Development Programme throughout Wales.

She has held positions as a deputy head, advisory teacher (Welsh and English) and a university lecturer in all aspects of literacy. Having contributed to a number of national initiatives relating to Welsh-medium provision, she is currently the Welsh first language subject specialist for Welsh Government. She has taught in the Welsh-medium sector throughout her teaching career, and has worked throughout Wales as an independent trainer and consultant.

Rhiannon was a key player in the Welsh medium provision of the Pisa Intervention Project that disseminated quality teaching practice across Wales. She was also instrumental in developing the elements and aspects of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework in Welsh. She commissions and monitors Welsh medium resources for schools for the Welsh Government. In addition, she has worked as an independent external mentor for newly qualified teachers (primary and secondary).


Dr Jo Marchant – Head of Widening Participation at King’s College London – University Panel Discussion

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Jo Marchant is Head of Widening Participation (KS3) at King’s College London. Previously, Jo worked for IntoUniversity where she helped set up a learning centre in Brighton. Prior to that she lectured in History at the University of Westminster. Jo studied History at LSE and completed a PhD in Victorian London at the Institute of Historical Research.


 

Students:

Vicky Speers – Graduate Ambassador, University of York – Adjusting to University Life

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I’m a recent graduate from the University of York, graduating with a 2:1 degree in Biology specialising in Ecology, with a focus on plant and soil interactions. My degree provided the opportunity to take part in fieldwork and also large independent projects in a research lab. At university I worked part-time as a student ambassador getting involved in a number of student recruitment and widening participation events which inspired me to take up the position of Graduate Ambassador this year. I was also involved in a number of societies and volunteering programmes while at University which were a great way to meet people and enhanced my university experience greatly.

I grew up outside a small rural village in Northern Ireland moving to York for my studies. This was a large step for me and required time for me to adjust, not only to my new student life living with strangers and a completely new learning technique, but also living in a new country with many differences to my home. This proved to be a very positive experience and helped me to develop my confidence and independence greatly.


Georgina Taylor – Seren Network Ambassador, Theology and Philosophy Student, Cambridge University – Opening Student Keynote

My name is Georgina Taylor and I was part of the Bridgend Seren Network hub! I am currently in my first year studying Theology and Philosophy. I am a member of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge. For my A Levels, I studied English Literature, Religious Studies, Geography and the Welsh Baccalaureate. The Seren Network helped me immensely with the application process for University. In the future, I hope to work in the either the charity sector or a Sixth Form College.


Iona Wyn Jones – WP University Preparation Team Intern, University of Bath – Adjusting to University Life

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I am an intern in the Widening Participation team at the University of Bath. I moved to Bath in 2014 from Snowdonia to study biology. Following the completion of my undergraduate degree, I completed an MSc in Biotechnology at the University of Nottingham. I aspire to use my passion for learning and education to help others reach their full potential.


Marie-Teresa Vander Sande, Program Director, MIT – MIT Session, Opening Address

Marie-Teresa Vander Sande has had extensive experience in the MIT Industrial Liaison Program working with companies in a variety of industrial sectors. From 1985-1987, Marie served a large portfolio of both U.S. and Japanese companies, focusing on the materials and manufacturing sectors. Marie rejoined MIT in October 1994 to work with client companies in the electronics and communications sectors. From July 1997 to June 1999, Marie served as Manager of Communications in the MIT Office of Corporate Relations, where she oversaw the ILP conference series, The MIT Report, and other information products and services. From June 1999- May 2010, Marie resumed working with corporate clients in both Europe and the US through the MIT Industrial Liaison Program. She has recently rejoined the MIT Office of Corporate Relations as a Senior Industrial Liaison Officer.

Marie’s industry and consulting background is both rich and varied. She worked at GE Aircraft Engines in Lynn, Massachusetts, as a Materials Engineer; at Arthur D. Little, Inc. as a professional staff member in the Materials Group; and for Millipore Corporation, managing the market research function in the Strategic Planning Group. In addition, Marie opened the US office for a small French consulting firm and has worked both as an independent consultant, performing marketing studies and technology assessments, and as a freelance writer, producing technology overviews and advertorials. During her most recent hiatus from MIT, Marie wrote several articles for the MIT TechInsider and worked as a consultant to Reykjavik University on developing graduate engineering programs. From January 2009 to June 2010, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Provost at Reykjavik University in Iceland.


Tomos Wood – Engineering Student, University of Cambridge – Opening Student Keynote

I am a second-year engineering student at Queens’ College, the University of Cambridge. I live in Anglesey and speak welsh fluently. I attended Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor, and went through the Seren Network experience during sixth form. I studied Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and the Welsh Bac at A-level and am happy to answer any questions you may have on life as a STEM-subject student.


Peter Redshaw – Graduate Ambassador, University of York – Getting Career Ready

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I’m a recent law graduate from the University of York, graduating in Law with a Year Abroad (Hong Kong). I graduated with a first class degree from the Law School and ranked second in my cohort.

I’ve carried out extensive careers preparation during all four years at university, both with the assistance of the university and arranged independently. I’ve taken part in approximately 8 internships during my time at university, equating to roughly 3 months’ worth of practical experience. All my internships were directed toward law as that was the career I was interested in at the time. I was even fortunate enough to carry out work experience while studying in Hong Kong.

While at university I also worked as a student ambassador, working in Student Recruitment and Widening Participation at a variety of events. It was this part-time work which encouraged me to take up my current

role at the university.

In terms of next steps, I will be moving to work for a start-up Bioinformatics company in Cambridge next year. This career move away from law was a result of my work experience enabling me to recognise my own strengths as well as better understanding as my own interests.


Joseph Phillips – Student, St John Baptist Church in Wales School – Opening: Student Keynote

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I am 18 years old from Aberdare, some of many hobbies include; mountain biking, motocross and supporting my local rugby team. In addition to this I am also a volunteer for the Welsh Ambulance. I am currently studying Maths, Physics, Geography and Welsh Baccalaureate at A Level with a hope to study mechanical engineering at university. My interest in this field has only been enhanced the several opportunities I have been presented with, including; Yale Young Global Scholars, an introductory course with the Open University, UNIQ summer school, the Step Up Plus programme and work experience. From each of the above I have improved many skills which will aid me, given I am successful in attaining a career in the engineering industry.


Lucy Nottingham – Education Adviser, University of East Anglia – Effective Study Skills

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An internationally renowned university based on a distinctive and attractive campus, in the historic city of Norwich, University of East Anglia pride themselves on the excellent academic, social and cultural facilities which we offer to over 15,000 students. UEA is a UK top 15 university, ranked 15th by The Times Good University Guide 2019 and 14th by The Complete University Guide 2019. Lucy has worked for the University for almost 10 years supporting students to choose the right university, and make their applications for Higher Education.


Tom Long – Student, Haverfordwest High School – Opening: Student Keynote

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I’m a year 13 student from Pembrokeshire studying Chemistry, Physics and Maths & Further Maths. Last summer I went on the Seren-Yale YYGS summer school and it opened my eyes to the opportunities that are available to Welsh students. I have since applied to Yale and I’m awaiting their decision. In the conference I’ll be talking about the opportunities available to students and why they shouldn’t hesitate in making the most of them.


Professor Peredur Lynch – Professor in Welsh & Medieval Literature, Prifysgol Bangor University – Maximising your Bilingualism

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Professor Peredur Lynch is a prominent Welsh academic and he has worked in the higher education sector since 1985. At present he is a Professor in the School of Welsh at Bangor University and as a Celtic scholar he also regularly visits universities in north America and mainland Europe.


Ben Lund-Conlon – Access Officer (Post-16), UCL – University Panel Discussion

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Having grown up in rural Devon, I moved to London for university and never looked back. Since graduating I have worked in school liaison, university outreach and widening participation both for a small subject specialist institution and a large multidisciplinary university, UCL. I have coordinated subject-specific masterclasses and conferences, summer schools with a focus on graduate careers, and I particularly enjoy hosting workshops for students writing their personal statements. I am now UCL’s primary contact regarding the national Realising Opportunities programme.


Owain Williams – Student, Coleg Cambria Yale – Studying in the US

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Hi, my name is Owain Williams, from Wrexham’s Coleg Cambria Yale, and I study A levels in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics. Last summer, I had the pretty special opportunity to go to the Frontiers of Science and Technology course at Yale University as part of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and fully funded courtesy of the SEREN Network. There, I learnt a lot, but more importantly broadened my horizons about foreign cultures, and even met Kanye West’s next-door neighbour and Priyanka Chopra’s third cousin. Next year, I plan on going to university to study maths, and from there, who knows.


Grace Kendrick – Student, University of Bristol – Adjusting to University Life

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My name is Grace Kendrick, a Law Masters student at the University of Bristol. I have loved studying in Bristol and decided to complete my MA here upon the completion of my History undergraduate degree in 2017. My favourite part of being a student here is the encouraging staff, the freedom of research and the opportunities to develop key skills alongside your degree. I also love spending time exploring Bristol at the weekends! My favourite things to do are walking across Clifton Suspension Bridge to the deer park, having lunch at Harbourside, or visiting one of the exiting museums.


Abbie Mountford – Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Assistant, University of Manchester – Adjusting to University Life

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I am a Psychology graduate from the University of Manchester, and now work within the Student Recruitment and Widening Participation team.


Adam Amor – Director, Buffoon Film and Media – Applying for the Creative Industries

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Adam is a Director at Buffoon Film and Media, a video production and live streaming company based in Port Talbot. Working across the UK, Buffoon produces video content and live streams event for clients such as Tata Steel, UK Government, Nintendo and the Football Association of Wales.

A former student of Ysgol Ystalyfera, he started in business at 14 with a music promotion company but then decided to venture into film at 18 and started Buffoon.

You can find out more here https://www.buffoonfm.co.uk/en/about-us


George Stamets – PhD Researcher, University of Leeds – Politics, Philosophy and Economics Masterclass: Philosophy “An Introduction to Philosophy and the Free Will Debate”

George is a third-year PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Leeds, where he works under the supervision of Professor Helen Steward. He grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA, and did his undergraduate work in Politics and Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed an MA in Philosophy at Florida State University. His primary research interests concern the metaphysics of agency and the free will debate. He also has significant interests in ethics generally (especially meta-ethics and social and political philosophy), metaphysics (especially causation, laws of nature, modality, and personhood) and Epistemology. Outside of academics, George enjoys frequent treks into the British countryside, playing in softball tournaments across the UK on summer weekends, and doing some digital and film photography, especially of landscapes and wildlife.


Emyr Davies – Human, Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge University – Opening Student Keynote

Hi, I’m Emyr. I’ve just finished my first term studying Human, Social and Political Sciences at Jesus College, Cambridge. I come from Llandrindod Wells in Mid Wales.

Our Seren conference app is now live!

Exciting news! This year, we have launched an app for our Above and Beyond conference. You can download it in the Apple or Android store by searching: ‘Seren Events’ or ‘Digwyddiadau Seren Events’

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Now that you have downloaded the Seren Conference 2018 event guide here are a few hints and tips about how to make the most of your experience:

To ensure all text is displayed in Welsh please select Welsh as your chosen language in the settings on your device.

Some of the menu items are bilingual – My Timetable, Floorplan, General Info, Inbox, Twitter, Facebook and Feedback

However for the more detailed timetable, session descriptions, speaker biographies and exhibitor profiles – you will need to click on either the English or Cymraeg menu item to access this content in your preferred language.

Timetables:

You will notice that there are 6 different timetables displayed under each language – one for students and one for professionals (teachers and staff) on each of the 3 days of the conference.  Firstly it is really important that you are looking at the right one before you start to set up you own personalised timetable through the ‘My Timetable’ function.

My Timetable:

The My Timetable feature enables you to customise your own schedule by adding sessions from the main timetables located in the English or Cymraeg folders to the My Timetable module.  Just make sure you are looking at the timetable for the day you are attending the conference (4th, 5th or 6th) and that you are looking at the correct strand – Student / Professional.    You can even set up alerts so that you know where you are due to go next.

Feedback:

At the end of the last session of the day you will be given 5 minutes to reflect on your experience and to let us know what you thought of the event.  Please take the time to click on the feedback menu item on the app and complete the short online survey.  This will help us improve and build on the success of the Seren conferences in the future.