Calls are being made for Welsh alumni from the UK’s leading universities to lend their support to an exclusive network aimed at helping Wales’ brightest school pupils access the best higher education institutions in the UK.
The Seren Network - a series of regional partnership hubs established to encourage Wales’ most capable sixth-formers to attend the best universities – is seeking ‘Alumni Ambassadors’ to help inspire Welsh youngsters.
Launched by the Welsh Government last year, the network follows a report by Oxbridge Ambassador, Paul Murphy, former MP for Torfaen and now Lord Murphy, who was appointed by the Welsh Government to examine the decline in Welsh applications and admissions to Oxbridge.
His report recommended that a national network of partnership hubs be set up to allow schools and colleges to share expertise and work directly with the UK’s leading universities. The network now comprises more than 2,000 high-achieving students from schools across Wales, each of whom has access to ongoing support and activities to help them navigate the journey to higher education. The network is now seeking alumni of any age from the Sutton Trust’s top 30 universities to support its work by offering their time to become an Alumni Ambassador.
Each ambassador will be a Welsh graduate of a Sutton Trust university, whose experience and insight could help shape the university choices of other young Welsh students.
The ambassadors will form a key part of the network’s next phase of activity and will make a real difference to young Welsh people, helping ensure that they have every opportunity to reach their academic potential. Ambassadors’ level of involvement will be flexible. Activities could include speaking at or attending events, undertaking a visit to their former schools, or simply mentoring and engaging with Seren Network students.
To find out more about being a Seren Alumni Ambassador and to sign up, visit the Seren Network page here.