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St George’s, University of London recently hosted its first outreach event for state school pupils in partnership with award-winning charity, the Brilliant Club. 

St George’s Widening Participation team have recently formed a collaborative partnership with the Brilliant Club, and will be working closely with the charity to run events for groups of state school pupils, many of whom come from communities that are under-represented at university.

These events will be designed to inspire pupils to consider higher education and provide practical information on applying to university, helping to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to selective universities.

This graduation event was for a group of 48 young people aged between 11-13 years old who have all been taking part in the Scholars Programme.

During their visit to St George’s the pupils, drawn from schools across South London including Forest Gate Community School (Newham) and Coopers School (Bromley), were given a tour of the facilities, spoke to current St George’s student ambassadors about what it is like to study healthcare and had the chance to practise some clinical skills such as observations, CPR and bandaging.

The young people were then taken to the Michael Heron lecture theatre in preparation for their graduation ceremony from the Scholars Programme, which followed an inspiring keynote speech from Associate Dean and Lecturer in Learning Development, Dr Rosie MacLachlan. 

Dr MacLachlan discussed the history of St George’s and talked about our pioneering alumni such as Edward Jenner and John Hunter, who took chances on new ideas and were brave enough to try new techniques – reassuring the pupils that even the most accomplished innovators learn and grow through failure. 

Dr MacLachlan emphasised the importance of hard work, passion, curiosity and a willingness to learn in helping individuals to achieve their goals.  She encouraged the pupils to aim high, hoping that one day some of them may indeed become as notable as the St George’s pioneers, perhaps even discovering something that hasn’t been invented yet.

The pupils were then brought up to the stage and, to cheers from the crowd, were awarded their certificates from the programme.

Head of Widening Participation Jess Bond, said “I am delighted that we are partnering with the Brilliant Club and look forward to welcoming hundreds of academically able state school students to St George’s as part of the Scholars’ programme.”

“At St George’s, we are committed to widening access to medicine and healthcare for students from a diverse range of backgrounds. This is a key part of our outreach activity working with younger age students. It’s vital to give them the chance to see a university first-hand, take part in university-style learning, meet and talk to current students and provide information to help them make successful university applications in future”.

Become a Brilliant Club Tutor

St Georges Widening Participation team are offering all PhD, post-doctoral students and researchers an exciting opportunity to gain teaching experience and work with young people by applying to become a Tutor on The Brilliant Club’s Scholars Programme. 

Feedback from those that have previously participated has been overwhelmingly positive, with individuals reporting that the training allowed them to learn about important teaching techniques that have translated directly into their teaching of undergraduate students. The experience also offers a unique chance for students/researchers to develop ways of discussing their research with a wider audience which in turn makes it more accessible.

If successful in your application, all researchers will be given expert training. This will enable you to design and deliver a course of tutorials for a few hours each week to pupils in a local school over a six-week period. This course will be focused around your own, personal research.

Following the initial training weekend, you will be placed within a non-selective state school by the Brilliant Club, and also compensated £500 for your time.

Please contact the Brilliant Club directly if you would like to get involved.

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