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The application process

Applications are now closed.

Demonstrating return on investment has never been more important than in today’s climate.

This return on investment is not simply about financial gain; it is very much about return on contribution that is the sustainable impact of the learning on the individual and organisation and how this links to services provided for the people of Wales. With this in mind, we put focus on organisations taking responsibility for identifying their nominees for Summer School.

There are two approaches to apply for your place

If your organisation appears on the organisational contacts list then you must apply through the route specified by your organisation. We will not accept direct applications from individuals employed in the listed organisations. If your organisation is not on the list you can apply directly.

Apply through your organisational contact

Your organisation will sift internally and agree who will be attending. You can check if you need to go through this route by downloading the organisational contacts list. If this approach is used by your organisation, you must apply by 10 March 2017. You must contact your organisation’s contact to establish the application process and key dates.

Apply directly

Please note that places are limited so will be awarded through a competitive selection process.


  • 10 March 2017 - submit your application to your organisational contact
  • 7 April 2017 - submit your online application form (either through your organisational contact or directly)

Confirmation of places

We aim to confirm places by the end of April 2017.

What if there is no contact for my organisation – who do I route my applications through?

Please check the organisational contacts list thoroughly but if there is no contact, route through the CEO or Director of your organisation and make learning and development contacts in your organisation aware. They would usually look at any applications received on an organisational basis and sift their applications accordingly to put their nominations through in a ranked order. Academi Wales will not sift applications on their behalf.

How specific should my personal/organisational objectives be?

Download our 'Guidance on personal and organisational outcomes and objectives' document to find out more and see examples. Objectives should be a minimum of 100 and maximum of 250 words.


Academi Wales has worked with University of Wales Trinity Saint David to develop a range of options for accreditation, offering you the opportunity to have your Summer School learning formally assessed to gain up to 20 credits at level 7, towards a postgraduate qualification. Find out more in our ‘Accreditation options’ section.

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If you have any other questions, please email Summer School.

Detailed information

How much does it cost?

£500 + vat (please note, this does not include costs for the optional accreditation)

This includes:

  • access to the full Summer School learning programme
  • delegate pack
  • accommodation
  • breakfast, lunch and evening meal during the event

You must meet any personal incidental costs, such as, travel to and from the event, newspapers, bar bill and so on.

Please note: if you accept a place at Summer School and then withdraw your organisation may be required to pay the full cost.

How do I pay? What information is required?

Your organisation will be invoiced for the relevant amount following your attendance at Summer School.

You must send us the following information:

Welsh Government delegates

  • Name of billing officer
  • Email address for billing officer
  • Profit Centre code and the WBS/Activity code
  • Payroll number (available from HR Self Service)

Non-Welsh Government delegates

  • Organisation (or host organisation if an agency) name & address
  • Name of billing officer
  • Email address for billing officer
  • Email for billing officer contact (email that invoice is to be sent to)
  • PO number (if available)

Please use information noted below if your organisation needs to set up their own purchase orders to cover these costs:

Welsh Government
Crown Buildings
Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ

Contact: Academi Wales
Telephone: 0300 025 6687

General timetable – opening and closing of event

Monday 26 June

11 am: registration and accommodation allocation
12 pm: lunch
1 pm: programme begins

Friday 30 June

12 pm: programme ends

Do I have to stay for the whole week?

Summer School has been developed as a week long immersive learning experience, the full benefits of which will only be realised following completion of the whole week. Furthermore, it will be necessary to attend each day in order to work towards one of the accreditation options detailed on the accreditation page.

What if I live locally to the University? Does it have to be residential?

We encourage delegates to see the course as residential however, if you live locally you may prefer to commute to and from your home. All delegates are expected to attend every day to make the most of the learning. Please advise us as soon as possible if you do not need accommodation.

Are child care or crèche facilities available at Summer School?

There are no child care or crèche facilities available at the University. Delegates will be expected to make their own child care arrangements.

Meals and refreshments

Meals and refreshments are included within the programme (however alcohol, bar or café purchases are not covered).

  • Breakfast: between 7 and 8.30 am
  • Dinner: 7.30 pm

What do I do if I have a special dietary or other medical requirement?

We will gather this information as part of the application process. Please advise as directed if you have a medical or specific dietary need. With regard to dietary preferences, please note that the University serves a variety of food. There is also a supermarket within walking distance of the campus.

Mobile/internet connections

  • Please be aware that because of the location, mobile phone and internet signals may be patchy and could be affected by weather conditions.
  • Wi-Fi is available in the main hall.

What’s useful to pack?

  • Toiletries, hairdryers etc
  • Flip flops to wear in the accommodation blocks
  • A mirror
  • General supplies may be useful tea, milk and biscuits, as the accommodation has kitchen areas (however, all other food and refreshments are provided during the event)

Dress code

  • Smart casual

Photography/video recording

Academi Wales reserves the right to take photographs / video footage during the event which may be used for Academi Wales’ publicity purposes and for the production of learning information.

Personal preparation

Where applicable, you must complete all pre-work set by the speakers.


Summer School Team
0300 025 6687


Travelling to the Venue

Arriva Trains


Car sharing

Once the delegate list is confirmed, with your approval, we'll share contact details. You can then make your own car sharing arrangements for travel to and from the event.

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If you have any other questions, please email Summer School.

Accreditation options

This year a choice of accreditation options are being offered to delegates

Academi Wales has worked with University of Wales Trinity Saint David to develop a range of options for accreditation, offering you the opportunity to have your Summer School learning formally assessed to gain up to 20 credits at Level 7 towards a postgraduate qualification.

The assessment will focus on:

  1. Pre-work carried out before Summer School, generating a learning plan for your time at Summer School (5 credits)
  2. Attendance at the Summer School, generating a reflective log and Learning to Action Contract (10 credits)
  3. Post Summer School - The generation of a robust development plan, agreed by your line manager (5 credits)

Successful completion of all 3 elements would lead to 20 credits at level 7. The minimum number of credits the University will award would be 10 credits.

Should you then wish to continue your studies, the further 40 credits required for a Postgraduate Certificate could be achieved through completing a work-based project which directly impacts on the workplace and builds on your experiences from Summer School. A further fee will be charged for this.

You need not stop at achieving a Postgraduate Certificate; you could bank the credits and carry on with your studies towards a Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters Degree.

What we are offering you

  • A drop in surgery at Summer School to answer any questions you might have; (A representative of the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David- will be based in the University Restaurant from 11 am to 5 pm on Monday 26 June)
  • A session at Summer School with detailed information about how you could continue towards a Post Graduate Certificate, Diploma or Master. This will include full costs and details about how you might accredit your prior experience or learning. This will be held in the evening on Tuesday 27 June in the Old Hall, St David's Building. This workshop will run for a maximum of one hour
  • Support through the medium of Welsh or English
  • Access to the University’s online resources through a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment for Academi Wales learners
  • Access to an online learning discussion forum (via Moodle) with other Summer School delegates who have opted to accredit their learning

What you need to do in return

  • Provide the evidence required for at least 2 of the 3 elements associated with Summer School, as outlined above
  • Commit to complete the 3 pieces of work by 27 October 2017
  • Costs of accreditation - up to 20 credits, £120 which includes registration, certification and marking fees

These costs can be funded by yourself as an individual, or through your employer - if agreed by them. (A letter of intent to pay would be required from your employer).


If this opportunity appeals to you, please register with the University as soon as possible, through contacting them via e-mail or telephone (see contact details below). Once registered, you will be given access to the online support material for the first module – preparing to attend Summer School.

Briefing sessions and workshop

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David will be offering drop-in surgeries on the first day of Summer School at the University Restaurant, (Lampeter Campus), on Monday 26 June, and will be available from 11 am until 5 pm to answer your queries and talk about the options available.

They will subsequently run a workshop session for all those who are interested in taking the learning further, with accreditation to Postgraduate Certificate level and beyond. This will be held in the evening on Tuesday 27 June in the Old Hall, St David's Building. This workshop will run for a maximum of one hour.

However, if you would like any further information in advance, or would like to reserve your place, then please contact:

  • enquires via email – Work Based Learning
  • enquires via telephone – 01267 676654 / 01267 676815

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Speakers 2017

Emmanuel Gobillot

  • Described as ‘the first leadership guru for the MySpace generation’ and ‘the freshest voice in leadership today’, Emmanuel has worked with organisations ranging from Astra Zeneca to Zurich Financial Services via Google and The United Nations.

For over 15 years, his interventions have focused on creating the capability in organisations to deliver results through world-class leadership. He is also cofounder of the consultancy Collaboration Partners specialising in helping organisations collaborate better.

One of Europe’s most sought after leadership speakers; he is the author of Kogan Page’s UK and US bestseller ‘The Connected Leader’, ‘LeaderShift’ and ‘Follow the Leader’. His latest book Disciplined Collaboration was published by Urbane in 2016. His books have established him as one of the foremost thinkers on new leadership models.

Sophie Scott, University College of London

  • Sophie Scott is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. She studies the human voice, from speech to beat boxing, and the ways that the brain processes this complex instrument. Her research investigates the neural basis of vocal communication – how our brains process the information in speech and voices, and how our brains control the production of our voice.

Over the past few years, she has developed research into human laughter, and at night she turns theory into practice by performing stand up comedy.

Eldar Shafir

  • Eldar Shafir is Class of 1987 Professor of Behavioural Science and Public Policy at Princeton University, Director of Princeton’s Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioural Science and Public Policy, and Scientific Director at ideas42, a social science R&D lab. His research focuses on cognitive science and behavioural economics, with particular interest in the application of behavioural research to policy.

Shafir served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013. He recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the William James Book Award. He edited “The Behavioral Foundations of Public Policy (2012)”, and co-authored, “Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much (2013)”. He received a BA from Brown University and a PhD from MIT.

Dame Louise Casey DBE CB

  • Over the last 17 years Dame Louise has been instrumental in the development of a number of bespoke social policy programmes for Government. Drawing on her experiences leading homeless charity Shelter, Dame Louise has consistently delivered brave and innovative solutions to long standing social problems ranging from homelessness to anti-social behaviour to troubled families.

Throughout this, Dame Louise has maintained her commitment to the charity sector and has been a driving force in the establishment of the Institute for Global Homelessness, with the aim of delivering an international solution to homelessness across the world. At the request of the Prime Minister, she is now leading a review into opportunity and integration in some of our most isolated communities.

Chia-Jung Tsay, UCL School of Management

  • Chia-Jung Tsay is an Assistant Professor in the UCL School of Management. Her research examines the psychological processes that influence decision making and interpersonal perception in performance contexts. She investigates the role of expertise and non-conscious biases in professional selection and advancement.

Tsay graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. in Psychology and an A.M. in History of Science from Harvard University. In other professional experience, as a classical pianist, Tsay has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the U.S. Embassy. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she later served as faculty. Tsay received a Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour and Psychology with a secondary Ph.D. field in Music from Harvard University, and previously taught at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Main image courtesy of Debbie Olivari (Whitchurch Camera Club)