The first Oxford/Seren Summer School

Darllenwch yn y Gymraeg

Dr Matthew Williams, Access and Career Development Fellow at the University of Oxford, tells us about Jesus College’s new partnership with the Seren Network.

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Do you wonder what the future may bring? At the University of Oxford we have researchers considering just that. They’re working to predict the future, in order to shape it.

You could be a part of this.

Jesus College, one of the constituent colleges of Oxford University is, in collaboration with the Seren Network and the Welsh Government, offering an entirely free four-day summer school to Seren learners. Twenty-two participants will be chosen, two each from the eleven Seren hubs that cover the whole of Wales. The theme of the summer school is ‘Our Future: Humanity in a Hundred Years’. It is an inter-disciplinary summer school with sessions led by world experts on artificial intelligence, climate change, demography, trade, politics, literature and more. You do not need to be considering a degree in any particular subject. You just need to be interested in the future and ready to dive into something a little different.

If selected, you’ll be living in the beautiful surroundings of an Oxford college founded in 1571 and situated at the heart of the city. The summer school will provide a very close approximation of student life at Britain’s oldest university. There will be mini-lectures, skills-focussed seminars and tutorials with Oxford academics. This last part, the ‘tutorial system’, is what makes Oxford and Cambridge special. It is a focussed discussion in tiny groups of just two students with an Oxford academic. Very few people get to try out an Oxford tutorial, but you could.

We will be looking to select individuals with academic ability and potential. You do not need to have perfect grades, and nor do you need to be thinking of applying to Oxford or Cambridge. We’re looking for people with passion and energy, who care about the future.

Applications close on June 2nd. For more details, and to apply please go to

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