Loan insurance The FTSE 100 Admiral group has entered into a new access partnership with Jesus College Oxford.
With its headquarters in Cardiff and offices in Swansea and Newport, where it employs over 7,000, Admiral is donating Â£ 120,000 to support the college’s outreach and access programs across Wales.
The support, over three years, will allow the college to expand new businesses, enhance existing programs and reach more academically gifted young people who are currently under-represented at Oxford and other leading universities. UK.
The initiative will include outreach partnerships with several Welsh primary and secondary schools, with career counseling workshops and interviews. It will also provide additional support to the college’s Seren summer school program and the Oxford Cymru consortium. The Welsh Government’s Seren program helps the brightest students aged 8 to 13 in public schools and colleges reach their full academic potential.
The Oxford consortium consists of Jesus, New College and St Catharine’s College and is responsible for access and outreach programs for the whole of Wales on behalf of the University of Oxford.
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Jesus College has maintained a close connection with Wales since its founding in 1571 by a group of Welsh people led by Hugh Price, treasurer of St. David’s Cathedral. His first fellows were mostly Welsh lawyers, and as a result, for centuries Jesus was known as the “Welsh University” of Oxford.
Jesus College’s outreach programs work specifically with Welsh schools and colleges. Out of 10,000 engagements with young people each year, 7,000 are based in Wales. Of the current cohort of 390 college graduates, 22 are from Wales.
Dr Matthew Williams, Access Fellow at Jesus College, said: âWe are extremely grateful to the Admiral for his generous support of our Welsh Access programs. About 70% of the ten thousand young people we work with each year as part of our outreach and access activities come from Wales, and we are committed to inspiring, nurturing and empowering young talented Welsh students for their studies, regardless of their background, apply to Oxford and other top UK universities.
He added: âThis new support will open the door for more young people across Wales to explore the opportunities available through a university education. We are excited to be working with Admiral on a range of innovative and informative access programs that will have an extremely positive impact on the students we work with.
Rhian Langham, Head of People Services (HR) at Admiral, said: âWe are delighted to announce our partnership with Jesus College on their Welsh Access initiative for the next three years and we are passionate about removing barriers to the provision of access. We know firsthand the young talent that exists in Wales, so helping to reach these talents through existing new and improved activities is particularly exciting for us.
âWe look forward to playing a role in shaping a curriculum that equips talented students with the skills, confidence and abilities they need to be successful. “
Earlier this year, Jesus College announced the Michael Sheen Scholarship – a new scholarship program that will provide financial support to Welsh undergraduates. The scholarship was collaboratively developed and supported by the Port Tabot-born actor.