The Jesus College Seren Summer School was established in 2017 with a small pilot project for 25 Year 12 Seren students. Thanks to the support of the Seren programme and our generous donors, it has grown and now provides a residential experience for 75 delegates each year. The School is designed to inform, equip and increase progression of academically talented individuals from the most disadvantaged backgrounds in Wales to Oxford University.
Applications for the 2020 programme are in review. Below are some short articles about previous years.
Summer School 2018
In August 2018 we spent a week with our Welsh Summer School students exploring ‘The Meaning of Life’! This flagship programme – a joint collaboration with Welsh Government’s Seren programme (Rhwydwaith Seren) – gave seventy-four students the opportunity to experience life as an undergraduate at Oxford, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and of course living in our beautiful College. The scheme was funded by Seren and our generous alumni donors. Its success was due to the planning and hard work of our Access Fellow – Dr Matt Williams, Rhian Griffiths (Seren, Senior Project Manager), the Seren Hub-Coordinators, and all of the academics who kindly delivered thought-provoking lectures, seminars and tutorials. The participants also received fantastic support, advice and guidance throughout the week from our amazing Student Ambassadors: Bethan, Lois and Osian. Here we are raising the Welsh flag to kick-off proceedings!
The content of the week was very well received by students, teachers and organisers, with feedback including:
‘The content was very engaging and challenging enough to keep me interested, and it didn't make me feel overwhelmed’
‘…I thoroughly enjoyed the programme and thought it did a great job in encouraging me to seriously consider studying at Oxford.’
The School received great coverage on various social media outlets and featured on BBC Wales’ ‘Heno’ programme, which included interviews with students and staff.