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Students enjoy new round of lectures with industry experts

This term, students across United Learning are enjoying a brand-new round of inspiring talks from experts in industry and academia as part of Scholars’ Club.

The programme, which was launched in November 2017 following a hugely successful pilot, aims to raise students’ aspirations and introduce them to a wide range of different careers and sectors.

As part of the Club, students benefit from an exciting and diverse array of lectures, introducing them to specialist concepts, careers and industries.  Harnessing the power of technology, United Learning is livestreaming these lectures via Skype across 16 of its schools, connecting hundreds of students to the content instantly.

Already this term, students have heard from Andrew Copson, CEO of The Humanist Society on the importance of critical thinking and from Harriet Page, author of Man with a Seagull on his Head, in a novel-writing seminar about unlocking our individual creative geniuses.

There has been a talk roughly every fortnight since November. Topics covered have ranged from architecture and psychology to neuroscience and law.

The most recent seminar took place on Wednesday 21 February at Paddington Academy, where the Scholars’ Club welcomed commercial barrister Saul Lemer to discuss the practice of law. Students were able to pose their questions about the work he does and test their problem-solving skills with an exercise in legal reasoning.

In addition to the ongoing series of lectures, 30 students will have the chance to attend a residential at the University of Birmingham in July.  During the three-day residential they will be able to get a taste of university life and learn from current undergraduates and lecturing academics.

Martina Montecchiarini, who leads on United Learning’s university access work, said:

“We are extremely grateful to all the guest speakers who have donated their time to Scholars’ Club and helped make it such a fascinating, enriching experience for our students.  By sharing expertise and discussing their career paths, our speakers are giving students real insight into some of the many doors open to them and inspiring them to think about where they might want to be in five or ten years’ time.  Importantly, it starts them thinking early on about the qualifications, support and experience they’ll need to achieve their goals.”

Neha Modha, a teacher from Paddington Academy, said of last week’s seminar:

“Thank you so much for organising such an engaging session for the students yesterday. Students have mentioned that they thoroughly enjoyed it and we have had great feedback from them.”

If anyone is interested in giving a talk – or knows someone who might be – please contact martina.montecchiarini@unitedlearning.org.uk or peterlam@unitedlearning.org.uk.

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