What to expect at next week’s ‘Above and Beyond’ Seren conference 2017

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Please note more details will be issued later this week to the person who made your booking containing all event logistics. In the meantime, here’s an overview of what to expect…


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1,200 of Wales’ brightest students, 30 universities, 30 outstanding speakers – all in one place. We hope you’re as excited as we are!

This year’s Seren conference has been aptly named ‘Above and Beyond’, because that’s what Seren is all about, helping Wales’ brightest students go the extra mile and aim for the best universities in the UK and beyond.

Throughout the two-day event, at Cefn Lea in Newtown, both students and teachers take part in ‘stretch and challenge’ activities, including academic masterclasses, advice and guidance sessions, and professionalism workshops.

All students will take part in their selection of the following workshops. Don’t panic if you don’t know which sessions you’re attending, on arrival you’ll be given a programme and a lanyard reminding you where you need to be and when.

Here’s a reminder of the three strands:

Professionalism sessions

-Plotting your career path

-Standing out from the crowd


Academic masterclasses


-Language, Literature and Culture

-Natural Sciences

-Engineering, Physics, Maths and Computing

-Medical Sciences



Information, Advice and Guidance sessions

-Getting career-ready at uni

-Adjusting to university life

-Effective study skills

-Admissions tests

-Finance, bursaries and scholarships

Alongside your masterclasses, which will be led by leading university academics, here’s a flavour of some of your keynote speakers:

Elin James Jones – Brexit Scrutiny and Communications Manager, House of Commons
Tomos Wood – Seren alumnus and University of Cambridge student
Liam Rahman – Yale University graduate, and Yale Alumni Schools Committee member
Dr Matt Williams – Access and Career Development Fellow, Jesus College, University of Oxford

Dr Michael Englard – Director of Research, Higher Education Access Network

Other key highlights

  • Fancy studying in the States? For the first time, Yale will have a presence at the conference, and will be on-hand to explain their Yale Global Scholars Programme
  • Oxford and Cambridge Universities, which increasingly coordinate their activity in Wales through Seren, will also be in attendance as part of this and will also lead specific sessions, including ‘navigating the application and admissions process’
  • More than 30 universities will be exhibiting – so make sure you get some questions ready!

If you have any questions relating to the event, please email seren2017@cazbah.biz

We look forward to seeing you there!





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