The Seren Network, an organization set up and funded by the Welsh government to help promising students gain entry to top universities, held an event with the University of Oxford to celebrate the impact of their partnership.

The event was held in Cardiff last week, and was attended by current undergraduates from Wales.

Dr Samina Khan, University Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach, said: “I’m very excited to be here today promoting the expansion of the Seren Network.

“Through this continued partnership we hope to make a positive and sustainable change in the lives of young people in Wales”.

Jesus College, known as informally the ‘Welsh’ college and had 24 Welsh heads of college from 1571 to 1915, runs a Seren Summer School which is now in it’s second year.

Earlier this year, a former student gave the college a £625,000 donation to support the summer school program, which secures its continued existence for the foreseeable future.

College principal Sir Nigel Shadbolt said: “Since its inception in 2017, the programme has been successful in attracting Welsh applicants from state schools to Oxford, with a higher than usual percentage being awarded a place.

“Our donor has chosen to endow a number of places at the summer school in perpetuity. This is a hugely successful way of widening access and we hope others might consider helping”.