Beyond the Curriculum: Meet the speakers

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Today is your last chance to register for the Seren Conference! If you’ve already signed up to the conference, or are still thinking about coming, here’s a list of the speakers from some of the UK’s top universities that will be there over the two days…

Grace Harvey – University of Lincoln

Grace researches in the School of English and is interested in The Politics of Friendship in the 1790s Radical Novel. She will be delivering the Language and Culture strand.

Luke Williams – University of Bath

Luke researches chemical engineering and is interested in finding a sustainable chemical industry. He will be delivering the Natural Sciences strand.


Luke Chapman – Widening Participation Officer, King’s College London

 Luke is an expert in working with schools and other organisations to support university applications having worked at UCAS and the University of Oxford previously. He will contribute to student and teacher sessions.

Gareth Lloyd Hopkins – Swansea University

Gareth researches strategic, American and war studies and is particularly interested in the use of armed drones. He will be delivering the Humanities strand.

Dr. Goitseone Lucy Hopkins – Cardiff Metropolitan University

Lucy researches biomedical sciences and is interested in the identification of therapeutic targets in Acute Myeloid leukaemia. She will be delivering the Medical Sciences strand on Thursday 16th March.

Noha Mohamed – Cardiff University

Noha researches biomedical sciences and is interested in the regenerative medicine and cancer. She will be delivering the Medical Sciences strand on Wednesday 15th March.

Hugh Crosfield – Royal Holloway, University of London

Hugh researches the South African Apartheid through sociology and historical and cultural geography. He will be delivering the Social Sciences strand.

Dr Corinne Hanlon – Imperial College, London

Corinne completed her research in biomedical physics and also trained and taught physics in schools. She will present in the Engineering, Maths, and Computing strand and encourages all interested in medicine to visit the Imperial College stand also.

Laura Bruce – The Sutton Trust

Laura worked at the University of Nottingham on school outreach, supporting applications from diverse backgrounds and now manages programmes at The Sutton Trust. She will present research on university applications in the Research and Advancing Access session.

Sandy Mill – Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

Sandy was a teacher and now supports students and their teachers with applying to the University of Cambridge. He will be contributing to teacher and student sessions throughout the day.

Dr Matthew Williams – Jesus College, University of Oxford

Matthew is a researcher in politics interested in the language of legislation and the impact it has on the judiciary. He will be at the conference contributing to teacher and student sessions.

Dr Fiona Whitehouse – Jesus College, University of Oxford

Fiona is the Academic director for Jesus College and her research interests are in Technical Art History: Fifteenth-century Italian and Netherlandish painting techniques. She will be at the conference contributing to teacher and student sessions on Wednesday 15th March.

Daniel Pugh-Bevan – St Peter’s College, University of Oxford

 Daniel was an organ scholar at Oxford – gaining a scholarship and having responsibility for contributing to the musical life of his college. He is passionate about supporting students from Wales to the university and will be contributing to teacher and student sessions.


Audrey Ndukwe – Graduate Ambassador, University College London

 Audrey works to support students from diverse backgrounds with applications to highly selective universities. She will be presenting on finance and managing money as part of the student strand.

Dr David Harrison – Cambridge Assessment

David designs subject-specific exercises and admissions tests that universities use to select students for their courses. These assessments are used alongside A-levels, interviews and personal statements to make sure the course is a good fit for the student.

Mike Nicholson – University of Bath

Mike is the Director of Student Recruitment & Admissions at the University of Bath having previously headed up undergraduate admissions at the University of Oxford. He will be contributing to the university panel on Thursday 16th March.

Dr Sam Homes – Higher Education Access Network

Sam is a researcher and former teacher who specialises in supporting students and teachers with preparing for the admissions process. HEAN works closely with the Sutton Trust to develop schools’ expertise in admissions.

Chloe Ratcliffe – King’s College London

Chloe went to Afon Taf High School, then went on to do her A-Levels at Coleg Y Cymoedd in 2014 before studying History at KCL. She will speak about her experiences moving from Wales to London, and how she chose her course.


Jacob Lewis – Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge

Jacob is a current undergraduate studying law having gone through the Seren programme and studying at Coleg Y Cymoedd. He will speak about his experience of moving from Wales to Cambridge, and how he chose his course.

Raphaelle Soffe

Raphaelle is a current year 13 student at Hawarden High School, Flintshire. She has been made a conditional offer to study at Harvard. She will speak on her experience on Seren and how she has prepared for her future studies on Wednesday 15th March.

Beatrix Bowen, Anne Berriew Wade and Sharon Davies – Open University

The Open University has produced online university modules based on undergraduate degree courses that Sixth Formers can access to gain university experience and go beyond the curriculum. She will be speaking to teachers in the afternoon.

Olivia Stocker – University of Sheffield

Olivia is the International Relations Officer at Sheffield. She works collaboratively with international students, societies and the Students Union, academic departments and professional services such as International Student Support, Global Opportunities team, International and EU Recruitment. She will be exhibiting a stall on studying at Sheffield.

Nicholas Johnston – University of Durham

Nick is the Schools Development Officer at Durham. Nick’s main responsibility is to organise teachers’ conferences; maintaining links with schools across the country. He will be contributing to the university panel and exhibiting a stall.

The Seren Network annual conference in Newtown is aimed at both students and teachers, offering the opportunity to network with other Seren students and staff, with a variety of subject workshops and panels, and the chance to engage with representatives from the UK’s leading universities. For more information and to sign-up to attend, click here. Registration closes on March 3rd.

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