Oriel was delighted to host thirty-two talented Year 12 students from schools in London and Birmingham on 14 February as part of our year-long partnership with Generating Genius, which provides sustained mentoring and support for a group of students as they prepare to apply for university.
The students are part of the STEM@Oxford Year 12 programme, which is intended to support students from Black African and Caribbean backgrounds who are also from low-income households in applying for degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. The programme is running a mix of virtual and in-person events throughout the year.
This was the first in-person event for programme members, providing them with a valuable opportunity to get a taste of academic life at Oxford. The day began with a personal statement workshop with Arron O’Connor, Oriel’s Outreach Officer, who advised students on what elements make for an effective, eye-catching personal statement that will help their UCAS application stand out.
After lunch in Oriel’s Hall, students participated in two STEM taster sessions giving them an insight into the academic experience at Oxford. The first session was delivered by Dr Philipp Grunewald, Lecturer in Engineering and researcher in the Environmental Change Institute, who led a discussion on renewable energy, efficiency and smart technology. The second session, led by Graduate Teaching and Research Scholar in Physics Deaglan Bartlett, gave students a taste of what they could expect at university level in the form of a realistic undergraduate lecture.
Before heading home, it was time for a rainy tour of the College with a student ambassador, which provided an opportunity for students to ask informal questions about life at Oxford and engage with a current student.
Oriel’s Outreach Officer noted that: “the students were very engaged with the material on the day and it was great to see how switched-on they were when it came to big issues in STEM such as climate change and renewable energy”.
We are looking forward to welcoming the group back later in the academic year.
Generating Genius aims to find and develop the next generation of STEM leaders through a range of educational and mentoring programmes. Their Uni Genius programme is designed for Year 12 A-Level students from African and Caribbean backgrounds, helping them to gain the key skills required to thrive in the world of science and technology.
Generating Genius and Oriel announced their partnership on the STEM@Oxford programme, the first time the organisation has collaborated with an Oxford college, in November 2021. Read more here: https://www.oriel.ox.ac.uk/about-college/news-events/news/oriel-joins-forces-generating-genius-support-future-stem-leaders