During the course of this academic year a select group of Academy students have been invited to work with Brilliant Club on the Scholars Programme.
The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of students from all backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. The Scholars Programme employs doctoral and post-doctoral researchers on a part-time basis to deliver programmes of academic enrichment to small groups of students.
During their course of study our students have explored the topic of ‘Biofuels.’ This challenged the participants to develop their skills and knowledge in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Amena Shaikh, who is a participant on the Scholars Programme, told us: “I am really pleased to have been selected to take part in this programme. It has enabled me to develop my skills and gain awareness of what it will be like to study at University.”
The programme was launched at the University of Sheffield, where the students were introduced to the programme and participated in a campus tour. The students have since been participating in weekly hour-long tutorials with their PhD tutor in order to eventually write an assignment on Biofuels. If the students pass the assignment they get to graduate the programme at a red brick university.
Through a combination of university trips, in-school tutorials and online resources, the Scholars Programme supports students to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to progress to highly-selective universities. This is one of several initiatives organised by the Academy to enable our students reach their potential.