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20 April 2023

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25 Kentish state schools sign up to St Hugh’s College, Oxford outreach tour: “Kent Coast Run Volume 2″

St Hugh’s College Outreach Manager, Lena Sorochina, will run over 170km and deliver outreach talks and workshops at 25 state schools in Kent between 24 and 28 April.

Lena will be joined by several speakers from St Hugh’s including academics and undergraduate student ambassadors. The event will start in Ashford where St Hugh’s Principal, Lady Elish Angiolini, will meet and talk with pupils before officially launching the run.

Lena will run through Ashford, New Romney, Dymchurch, Hythe, Folkestone, Dover, Deal, Sandwich, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate, Westgate-on-Sea, Birchington-on-Sea, Herne Bay, Whitstable, and finish in the county’s historic capital, Canterbury. At the same as Lena’s talks are taking place, St Hugh’s Tutors will deliver subject taster sessions at state secondary schools in Dartford, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, and Sevenoaks.

The Kent Coast Run highlights the particular challenges facing coastal communities and is one of many ways that St Hugh’s engages with its outreach link region to encourage pupils to consider a competitive, research-led university as an option for their future.

Lady Elish Angiolini said, ‘We are delighted that Lena is taking St Hugh’s College to so many school pupils across Kent. St Hugh’s is a diverse and inclusive college, and we want to encourage the best students from every background to apply to our college to study for their degree.’

Lena said, ‘I’m so excited that the project has expanded so much, with St Hugh’s academics and current undergraduates taking part too! This Coast Run has double the number of schools participating this year compared with 2019, and it is so good to revisit schools that were pioneering participants four years ago, as well as forging new partnerships. The Coast Run is a response to the need for different outreach approaches, tailored to the specific ethos in each school, and it is wonderful to see that this is helping St Hugh’s engage with a broader range of students.”

The run is being followed live on the College’s Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #sthughsoutreach

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