We have had a fantastic season of programmes including the return of some in-person events, work experience and internships on some programmes too.
Congratulations to our Year 13 students who received their A-level results! They have worked so hard this year, despite the challenges of the pandemic, both at school and on their university preparation and career development with Generating Genius. Congratulations to our six students heading to Oxford and Cambridge.
The highlight of this month for the Generating Genius team was bringing our Year 12’s together in person. This was for our two STEM Future Leaders Leadership Academies in London and the Destination Leeds Students Finale Event. It was wonderful for us all to see the engagement, learning and networking amongst the students and particularly great to see the start of friendships of students from across the country.
Read the interview below with two of our students we have hiiden their identities:
What results did you each get for each of your subjects?
'We received the same results in the same subjects'
Student A: Biology (A*), Chemistry (A*), Maths (A*), EPQ(A*)
Student B - Biology (A*), Chemistry (A*), Maths (A*), EPQ(A*)
Did you both check UCAS together or separately?
( Student A speaking)
'We both signed into UCAS together; however, I got my results first, and Elizabeth’s UCAS lagged, which made the entire experience more stressful. It reminded us of the time we received our BMAT results. We hate getting results online.'
Did you revise and prepare for exams and assessments together over the last two years?
(Student A Speaking)
'During year 12, we revised and prepared for exams together. However, in Year 13, it was more challenging to revise together because of our medical interviews which had been scheduled at different times in the year. I had my interviews earlier in the year, whereas Elizabeth had hers much later in the year, i.e. March and April. So as Elizabeth prepared for her interviews, I did independent study and vice versa.
The situation with covid also meant our interviews were online. There were positives and negatives to having online interviews. For example, a positive was that we were at home and in a comfortable environment. However, my Imperial interview was pre-recorded instead of being live, and we only had 1 minute to answer the questions at each of the seven stations.'
( Student B speaking)
I enjoyed my UCL interview, especially compared to the interviews I had at other universities. The interview was in the panel format, which I liked because I found that it was more relaxed. However, when I first joined the UCL interview, my computer crashed, which as you can imagine was extremely stressful. Fortunately, the UCL interviewers were really nice about it.
Student A How are you feeling about going to UCL?
I applied to Oxford, UCL, King's College London and Birmingham for Medicine. In all honesty, I mainly applied to Oxford because my teacher was pressuring me to. However, deep down, I always wanted to study Medicine at UCL. This is because I had many mentors who went to UCL, so it is really nice for me to go there too.
Student B - How are you feeling about going to Imperial?
'In December, Imperial rejected me due to my BMAT score, which did not meet the non-widening and participation cut off score. However, my score exceeded the widening and participation cut off score, for which I qualified as a contextual applicant. After appealing my rejection, they realised that they had made a mistake. Therefore, at first, I was mad, as it was also one of the reasons I had my interview so late in the year and because of their mistake, I also experienced a bit of imposter syndrome. However, after attending the offer holder day and joining the university's WhatsApp group chats, I am now really excited to begin.'
Student A - What made you want to study Medicine?
'At times I was a bit unsure about applying as people were constantly telling me the negatives. However, after my work experience at a dermatology placement, I really liked the atmosphere and found it comforting. I also enjoyed watching the patients appreciate what the doctors were doing for them. What I particularly love about Medicine is the interaction with patients. I cannot imagine myself pursuing an only science-based career.'
Student B What made you want to study Medicine?
'I was not sure if I wanted to apply for Medicine in year 12. However, through exploring other career paths by attending multiple work experiences, I realised that I did not enjoy them as much as my medicine placements. I especially liked my work experience at the Royal Trinity Hospice. Although it was nerve-racking, talking to the patients was a lovely experience, and I really enjoyed forming connections with them. What I particularly love about Medicine is the variety of specialities I can pursue.'
Student A How has Generating Genius helped you with preparing for university and the world of work so far?
'Generating Genius gave me my first mentor, Faizah, who is also a medical student at UCL. Faizah helped me with my personal statement and was overall very helpful during the application process. I also found the UCAT a rather scary experience as I didn't know many others who were doing Medicine, so it was beneficial having the guidance of my mentor during that time. I also found the medicine/chemistry workshops with Leeds University very helpful.'
Student B How has Generating Genius helped you with preparing for university and the world of work so far?
'Generating Genius also gave me a mentor who was a medical student. My mentor helped to give me a clear insight into not only the medicine application process but also to medicine as a career. I also found the Ditchley Foundation Trip very helpful. It was inspiring to hear the stories of the successful alumni and to hear application advice from the Cambridge admissions team. Furthermore, being surrounded by equally ambitious students was a fantastic motivator to work harder.'
The Uni Genius team has had a jam-packed summer of events! We hosted over 100 of our talented young people for in-person events throughout August on both our Uni Genius and STEM Future Leaders programmes.
Students on our university preparation programmes with the University of Cambridge, University of Leeds and University College London have received workshops to develop their personal statements, learn about degree courses and hear about scholarships and university access programmes during the past month. We hosted our students enrolled on our Destination Leeds programme for an in-person event in London. Current University of Leeds undergraduate students and staff shared the wonderful opportunities available to them at our northern partner.
On our STEM Future Leaders programme, our students joined us in central London for our Leadership Academy run by leadership and soft skills training experts Kaizen. Our students learnt about effective leadership and the importance of creative thinking and self-reflection. Our STEM Future Leaders have also participated in work experience this month at Sony Pictures, GHO Capital, PWC, IRI and Barclays.
We want to do more in the next academic year so we need your support.
Recruitment for our Uni Genius Network is in full swing, with nearly 50 schools across London and Birmingham advertising our opportunity to find the brightest Year 12 minds.
We are proud to welcome Oriel College at the University of Oxford as a partner on our University Preparation programme, joining University College London and St John’s College at the University of Cambridge to support our young people on their Higher Education journey.
Our latest round of Generating Genius Ambassadors and Volunteer Mentors from our corporate partners are getting geared up to mentor Year10 students across the country. This is as part of our brand-new Pay It Forward programme, we need donations so we can launchi in schools in October. As part of the programme, our ambassadors will deliver talks and workshops in secondary schools to inspire the future STEM workforce.