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EAS Seren project helps 6th form pupils to reach their potential to gain a place at a top UK University
EAS Seren project helps 6th form pupils to reach their potential to gain a place at a top UK University
2nd November 2016
Working in partnership with Oxbridge and Russell group universities the EAS Seren project aims to support and encourage the most talented young people in South East Wales to realise their full potential.
Launched last year the project has already supported over 250 young people across the EAS region in raising confidence, streamlining the University applications process and helping young people to choose degree courses in top university places.
The message of the project is clear – you can succeed, regardless of your background.
Aimed at the most talented year-12 learners in the region, the EAS is one of 11 Seren hubs across Wales.

Project coordinator Siân Farquharson explained: “We strive to ensure our learners get the best advice and guidance from experts, whether its masterclasses delivered by university staff or exemplar role models. Seren is about setting our young people up to realise their dreams, pushing the boundaries, and giving them the confidence and support that they need to apply to the best universities and helping chose the right degree leading to the best careers”
“This innovative approach to nurturing the skills of our young people is another example of the EAS’s ambitious plans for improving education in the region.”
This year the Seren 16/17 project was launched at Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone, where more than 250 Year 12 students were exposed to enthralling and inspirational presentations from Welsh role models such as Tori James, the first Welsh women to conquer Mount Everest as well as successful business entrepreneurs Sian Price, a regional Series Producer and Kerry Phelps, regional Operations Manager for a well-established national charity.
There were also a series of interactive and engaging workshops delivered by Oxford University, Kings College London, Southampton University, Cardiff University and The Brilliant Club.  This set the scene on the journey for success of our Seren learners and was one of several events planned for the year ahead.
“During the day, learners received practical guidance on what makes a successful university application and how to secure a place at their preferred university, alongside ideas for a range of super curriculum activities to set them on their way to completing a successful UCAS application form.” Siân continued.
“The message to students was very clear. It doesn’t matter what school you go to or what your financial position is, everyone has the same potential to gain a place in one of the top UK universities including Oxford and Cambridge.  It’s about confidence, attitude, working hard and demonstrating your passion to study and for your chosen subject”
“Seren is there to support you, as one of Wales’ brightest young people to reach your goal.   It offers tailored, bespoke support delivered by experts all focused on giving you the very best chance to realise your ambitions”

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