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Students set to shine

06 February 2020  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: ,

Eight Year 12 students have been selected to take part in the Brilliant Club project this year. The project aims to widen access for outstanding students in non-selective state schools to the UK’s most selective universities. The eight students are Thomas Burgess-Mackay, Ashleigh Fraser, Hannah Hodgson, Liam McCarthy, Roan Cappleman, Nick Chapman, Usha Rai and Cristina Vaidos.

Our launch trip, to St Chad’s College, Durham University, included a tour of the college with a current undergraduate, a visit to the cathedral, a study skills session and the students’ first tutorial with their PhD tutor, Hannah Martin from Northumbria University. The project is entitled ‘Riot, rebellion and the racialisation of disorder: rethinking traditional historical narratives’. Hannah has since been to visit the Sixth Form to deliver further university-style tutorials.

While at St Chad’s College, the students met with ex-student Ben Rainbow who is in his 3rd year there studying Computer Science. They were able to hear first-hand what it is like to study at Durham University. The meeting was made all the more special as Ben also completed a similar Brilliant Club project when he was at Richmond School and Sixth Form College.

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