Local learners heading to Oxford


Two Coleg y Cymoedd learners have been successful in securing a place on the prestigious UNIQ Summer School Programme at Oxford University.

Jodie Neville and Wei Tou Chiu are delighted to have secured places against fierce competition from applicants across Britain. The UNIQ summer schools are part of a widening access programme, which is open to learners studying in their first year of A Levels, with preference given to applicants who come from schools and areas with limited or no history of successful application to Oxford.


To register their interest in the summer schools, the learners had to submit personal statements outlining their interest in their chosen course and their reasons for wanting to attend UNIQ; these statements also required an endorsement from members of staff at the college. Both learners were successful in securing places on their preferred courses.

 In July, Jodie and Wei will experience a typical week at Oxford University, staying in the student accommodation and attending lectures, seminars and workshops about applying to Oxford. They will also have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of social activities included in the programme.

Jodie, 16 from Treharris who secured a place on the Law programme, said, “I was thrilled when I heard I’d won a place on the UNIQ Summer School for Law! My tutors had encouraged me to apply but I really didn’t think I would be selected. I can’t wait to sample the academic and social life that a top university like Oxford has to offer – I’m sure the whole thing will be an amazing experience.”

Wei Tou, also 16 from Porth, who will be attending the Human Sciences programme, added, “I’m really grateful to Coleg y Cymoedd for supporting my successful application for the UNIQ programme at Oxford University, which promises to be a fantastic opportunity. I’m sure I’ll learn a great deal from the experience, and that it will help me make an informed decision about my university choices and possible future career.”

Congratulating the learners, Director of Faculty, A Levels, Ian Rees, stated, “I am delighted that Jodie and Wei Tou have secured a place on this year’s UNIQ summer school at Oxford University. Opportunities such as this are invaluable in providing an insight into university life at one of the UK’s most prestigious institutions.

At Coleg y Cymoedd, we are proud of the choice of A Levels we offer, together with the excellent teaching and support from staff. Given the level of motivation of these learners, we are very much hoping they will follow in the footsteps of some of our past learners, who have also gone on to study at Oxford University.

Local learners heading to Oxford



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