Uni Genius 2021

by Generating Genius
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Uni Genius 2021
Uni Genius 2021
Uni Genius 2021

Uni Genius update


Our students have been busy over September alongside returning back to school with university preparation programmes and career discovery programmes. For our Year 13s the focus on university preparation side has been on choosing the right degree subject and fine tuning personal statements. We delivered 3 Choosing the Right Degree sessions in September run by our partners at University of Leeds. We had 82 of our students attend across the three sessions. There have also been drop in sessions run alongside these for students to discuss their interests in more detail. We also ran a Physics Degree Taster day which included for the first time since we gone virtual students being able to do at home experiments.


Last week, we hosted a virtual celebration event to the mark end of our Step into National Grid Programme. Forty of our Year 13 students over the last 4 months participated in Insight talks, technical engineering boot camps, soft skills sessions, Energy Challenge day as well as 12 weeks of one to one mentoring. Congratulations to our students who participated. Thank you to the National Grid employees who designed, delivered workshops and mentored our students.


We are currently in the process of recruiting our students for Uni Genius. This year 300 new students will join us in London. We also pleased that our new pilot cohort of 100 students from white low income households will be joining us. They will be from Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds and the surrounding areas of these cities. We are working in partnership with Outwood Grange Acadamies to recruit the majority of pilot of students. We had a great presentation afternoon to the Heads of Sixth Form of all these academies who are excited for their students to join us in November. We have recruited 220/300 for London starting at the end of October and 37/100 for the northern regions at the end of November.



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Aim of this report

The aim of this report is to document the impact that Generating Genius has achieved for students from BAME and disadvantaged backgrounds through the funding and support given through the ongoing partnership with Kilburn and Strode.

This will be shown by

  • Measuring Generating Genius’s impact against the original proposal
  • Recording the number of students benefited
  • Models of Learning for the future



STEM in Action events


STEM in Action is a supplemental, module-based curriculum for students in Year 8 – 13.  It demonstrates how successfully STEM subjects can be combined with Citizenship and harnesses the power of hands-on learning to inspire curiosity and nurture critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Sessions include designing a bunker that can withstand a meteorite strike to the Earth and planning how to successfully deploy a team of scientists to Mars.


University visits


Generating Genius organised University visits to St Anne’s College Oxfordiof the programme. Students and their parents were taken to the campus and engaged in a day of campus tours, Q&A’s and STEM activities.


Visits to Peterhouse College Cambridge, Leeds University and UCL were deliveredGG ran events (scientific enquiry, information evenings and Challenge Days)


GG ran events included:

  • Introduction to networking event (GG ran event)
  • Interpersonal Skills session with Latymer Upper School (GG ran event)
  • How to get into accountancy and finance (GG ran event)
  • Uni Genius Launch Evening
  • Ethics of Robotic Surgery Debate Session
  • Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology revision sessions
  • Work Experience Prep sessions – this is where we give tips and tricks to students regarding their work experience placements
  • Uni Genius Social
  • Uni Genius Speed Networking Events


Masterclass / Tutorial days

Masterclass/Tutorial Days were aimed to inspire students by showing the practical applications of STEM in the world. These were delivered using the expertise from businesses and universities mentioned included below:

  • L'Oreal Young Scientist Centre - Colour Chemistry Masterclass
  • Latymer Upper School GCSE Maths Masterclass 
  • Queen Mary UoL Wearable Technology Masterclass 
  • Can Earth Handle More Megacities? Masterclass at Pimlico Academy 


Summer of STEM events


Summer of STEM a pick & mix summer of activities with academic content to continue students learning over the summer.

From accessible records in Year 1, GG delivered at least 2 out of the 4 events:

  • STEM Ambassadors evening (hosted at Buzzacott)
  • Science of Banknotes at the Bank of England 





GG organised 420 hours of tutoring for 50 students for the Academic Tutoring in Physics, Maths, Biology. Each of the students attended 1-2 sessions each with private tutors at their school. Many students noted that this was helpful in preparation for their exams. We hope to be able to offer more academic support to students who continue onto our Uni Genius programme.


Student Impact


Number of Students  engaged


We engaged 156 students::

Overall Gender Breakdown:

53% - Female

47% -Male


Other important statistics regarding students:


  • 64% have previously/are currently claiming free school meals
  • 38% will be the first in their family to go to university
  • 28% come from local areas with the lowest participation in higher education


Out of the students:

  • 84% studied Maths – 88% grades 9-7 (A**-A)
  • 74% studied Chemistry – 64% grades 9-7
  • 58% studied Biology – 82% grades 9-7
  • 68% studied Physics – 69% grades 9-7



Some of the success stories to date include:


Bolaji achieved 12 grade 9-6 (A*-C) GCSEs, including 9s (A**’s) in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geography and RE.

Yonis achieved 8 grade 9-6 GCSEs including 9s in Physics, Biology, Maths, Chemistry and English.

Shaun achieved 10 grade 9-7 GCSEs including 9s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths and Further Maths.


The original 50 students are now beginning Year 12 and are joining the Uni Genius programme.  Currently, all students have remained a part of the programme until this year. We are currently accepting students into our Uni Genius programme and will track the number of students who choose other A-level paths or do not have grades that we can progress into the A-level programme.


Other Student Success Stories


In August 2019, the Uni Genius Year 13 students received their A-Level results.

-       88% of students received ABB equivalent or higher grades

-       Many students received offers to study Biochemistry, Bioscience or Medicine degrees

Student highlights include:

Paola achieved an A* and 3 A's in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Spanish. She'll be going on to study medicine at Imperial College London.

Dalton achieved A*AA and is going to study Medicine at UCL. Dalton will also be receiving a full scholarship at University provided by Generating Genius and the Halo Foundation.

Temi achieved ABB and is going to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham. She will also be receiving a full scholarship at University provided by Generating Genius and the Halo Foundation.

Samiihah will be going to study biomedical science at the Queen Mary University.

Qaid achieved BBB and will be going to Brunel University to study Economics.

Tamilore will be studying Law at the University of Exeter.

Iyanu will be studying Neuroscience at the University of Aston.





The funding from GlobalGiving was incredibly effective in helping us to have sustained impact for our students across the year. Through the support we have given our students, they have grown in confidence by being in corporate settings, adjusting to traveling through London for sessions and being engaged in difficult tasks that many of their school peers are yet to encounter.



Student Testimonials

“Overall I would like to thank the Uni Genius programme for really helping me gain an opportunity such as this.” – Sarah


“Generating Genius motivated me to work harder because I saw that there are a lot of smart people that I’m competing against.” – Israel


“Doing work experience  gave me confidence that I needed to take opportunities that come my way.” – Qaid



Future Plans

Generating Genius wishes to expand our impact through supporting another cohort of students to progress, however we wish to begin the programme in Year 12 to support students through their A-levels and into university. We have identified that our students lack support needed at university, including financial challenges, lack of internship opportunities and career opportunities post university. We will continue to support this current cohort of students by focusing on their post-16 and university progression. We appreciate the support and funding given by GlobalGiving  and wish to continue collaborating to raise the next generation of STEM talent.


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Our core flagship programme, Uni Genius, currently supports African and Caribbean students, as has successfully supported many BAME students to progressing in STEM. Former Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, said “it was clear schools and colleges needed additional support” in preparing young people for careers. The Uni Genius programme connects disadvantaged students with opportunities, to boost their aspirations.


Through work experience, STEM masterclasses, university visits and corporate challenge days we have:


-       Successfully supported over 400+ to study STEM at University

-       56% of our students from African and Caribbeans backgrounds achieved 3 A’s minimum (compared to 5% for Black students nationally)

-       100% of students carrying out work experience all studied degrees related to their work experience placements

-       60% of our BAME students went on to study engineering or related degrees at University (compared to 19% of BAME students nationally)


Generating Genius is extremely unique in nature for several reasons:

-       We support students over a prolonged period, with constant engagement

-       We focus exclusively on STEM subjects and careers, due to the attainment gap of black students compared with other demographics within STEM and the shortage of black professionals within many STEM industries.

-       We combine academic and professional engagement to inspire, motivate and empower our students



1.   The Programme


The programme has a specific emphasis on creating awareness of opportunity, establishing role model relationships for students and changing industry attitudes and perceptions for both students, academics and businesses within the Hammersmith & Fulham Borough.


1.1.        Pilot Scheme


This pilot scheme  involved 50 students  across London


Successful applicants will be from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background and are expected to meet at least one of the following criteria, which will include:


  • Eligible for free school meals at any time during the past six years
  • Among the first generation in their family to go to university
  • In care
  • Young carer
  • Studying Maths, Chemistry, Biology or Physics


1.2.        Levels of intervention


We will work on the following interventions:


1.2.1.     Work Experience


Work experience is a crucial component of the programme that will create awareness of opportunities and motivate students. Quality work experience consists of project setting, presenting, networking, role modelling and mentoring. Projects based on realistic STEM challenges will be given to the students to work on. Challenges can include planning an app to tackle social issues, creating a market analysis of a cure for Multiple Sclerosis or proposing a way to make London Carbon neutral by 2050.


Each work experience placement gave all the  students the opportunity to present their project solutions to the cohort and company staff. The 1 week work experience also engages businesses and demonstrates how to engage with and create a thriving environment for a diverse talent pool of candidates. Providing work experience is in line with benchmarks 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8 from of the Gatsby Benchmark.


We organised at least 2 work experience placements per student. 300 days of work experience for 50 students. Some work experience placements will host more than 1 student per week.


Our successful work experence placement provided the following skills that are critical for STEM:


-       Problem Solving

-       Creativity

-       Logical Reasoning/Justification

-       Curiosity

-       Collaboration

-       Confidence


1.2.2.     Work Experience Preparation Sessions


Work experience preparation sessions are a valuable opportunity to ensure students have the best working experience. Many students do not have exposure to office or working environments, and so lack many of the basic skills needed to thrive in the workplace. The preparation sessions will ensure that students are prepped and ready to enter the workplace.


1.2.3.     Challenge Days


Challenge days allow businesses to engage the students with their world of work and motivate them to consider a career in their industry. Through setting real-life challenges, students can learn how to apply their knowledge to overcome a task. This also gives exposure to different areas of the business, appealing to a larger number of potential future candidates. This not only helps build the confidence and ambition of the students, but also gives businesses amazing employee engagement opportunities that increase the willingness to invest in young talent.


GG proposes 2 company challenge days.


This video shows a previously organised challenge day with BAI Communications, that was aimed at inspiring black Year 12 students to STEM.




1.2.4.     University Visit Days


A visit day was  organised and delivered for students to visit Imperial College campuses. The visit l included a tour of the campus, as well as participating in STEM taster activity and being given the opportunity to meet current undergraduate students. Using current university students from BAME backgrounds to work with the students is an effective way to motivate students towards STEM and provide positive role models.


1.2.5.     STEM Masterclasses


Imperial College deliverred  6 STEM masterclasses, at the GG centre in Victoria. These sessions  drew on the curriculum and research across Imperial in addition to stretching their A level curriculum. The masterclasses  supported of GG staff and was delivered as half-day sessions using a mixture of methods including lecture-style learning and practical activity.


Generating Genius has an existing relationship with Imperial College’s Widening Participation team. We worked with  them to provide volunteers for tuition support and to lead subject based masterclasses for students.


This will be a total of 18 hours of masterclasses.


1.2.6.     Academic Revision Support


Using our partnerships with Independent schools (including Westminster Academy, Ibstock School and Latymer Upper School, St Paul’s) and academic tutors from Imperial College, we propose a total of 16 revision sessions covering Maths, Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Academic attainment is important to ensure that students are in the best possible position to progress onto higher education or alternative access routes into STEM.


This will give  48 hours of revision support (mainly concentrated in Year 2 of the programme).


1.2.7.     Year 12 STEM summer schools


GG proposes that students be given the opportunity to attend one of the Imperial University’s summer schools. The cost of the summer school for students should be waved.


1.2.8.     Mentoring/Providing role models


A key component of the programme will be using Generating Genius Alumni, Imperial College’s BAME Society Groups, Businesses and undergraduate students to act as role models for sixth form students. This will continue to inspire the students to aim towards working in STEM fields in the future.

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Generating Genius

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Zindzi Sewell
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