Uni Genius 2024

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Uni Genius 2024
Uni Genius 2024
Uni Genius 2024

Project Report | Jan 9, 2023
Uni Genius report and appeal

By Tony Sewell | Project Leader

This quarter we have had a great mix of both in-person and virtual programme activity, as well as some fantastic invitations to speak at conferences, at our partner companies and at the House of Commons. The House of Commons event was a reception and “share and learn”, entitled ‘Levelling up for Real’. This was hosted by the Manchester based UA92 University, founded by footballer Gary Neville, Labour MP for Stretford and Urmston, Kate Green and Conservative MP for Altrincham and Sale, Sir Graham Brady. 

On the programme activity side, a highlight for me was facilitating the Interview Preparation Study Bubble Day for those applying to Oxford and Cambridge. This was a great day of practising mock interview questions and preparing model answers for those questions. Another highlight for our university students has been participating in the October Get Ahead Programmes for our partner companies, in advance of them opening their Internship and Graduate Applications. Our Get Ahead programmes are on offer from July to October and we invite our students to attend as many as they wish in different industries. Companies this month included Legal and General Investment Management, which prepared students for Investment Management roles, and National Grid which assists students with application preparation via one-to-one mentoring. We have found that since launching these Get Ahead programmes in 2020, that many of our students have made successful applications to either the host company or to another company within the same industry. The Get Ahead Programmes can include a mock assessment centre task, a full mock assessment centre, insight talks about the company and industry, video interview practice and talks about each stage of the application process. This is then usually followed by one-to-one mentoring by partner companies.


 I would like to end this month's message by raising your attention to the issue of digital exclusion which I am sure many of you are already aware of. Many people are living in households where they have to share devices with multiple family members or where they cannot afford constant Wi-Fi or data connections to get online. This makes it very difficult for those students to complete school and university work, work experience, internship applications and many courses which are now virtual. We have worked with National Grid’s “Grid for Good” team to support those of our students who are in this situation. We would like to thank National Grid for their generous donation, to 28 Generating Genius students across the country. Many of these students’ families are from households where the  income is £20,000 or below and had to share devices. Please watch this video to see the impact this has made to those students. - Grid For Good & Generating Genius Laptop Donation Campaign - YouTube  We would also like to thank HSBC Digital Business Services who similarly provided  an additional 14 sixth form students on the HSBC Future Genius programme with laptops. Six of these students were on free school meals, and eight students came from households with an income of £20,000 or below. These students did not have their own laptops which were needed to engage in the online aspects of this programme and other year 12 Generating Genius programmes.

Following on from the Interview Preparation and pre-admission test workshops hosted by both Oriel College, Oxford, and St John's College, Cambridge, on both the STEM@Oxford and STEM@Cambridge programmes, we hosted the Student Study Bubbles Interview Preparation Day on Saturday, 29th October. This is where students from both programmes were placed into groups based on their subject or subject areas to practise interview questions, come with model answers and a plan as to how they will continue to prepare for their potential interviews. Many of the students when presenting their preparation plans, also included meeting their group again to go over questions. We wish all 26 of our students the best of luck as they wait to find out if they are invited to interview from Oxford or Cambridge.

 

57 students participated in this year's programme. This is our second year of running this with Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM). The programme is run slightly differently to other Get Ahead Programmes as it takes place over 3 evenings rather than two full days. The programme covers an Investment Management 101 workshop which goes over what investment management is. The second workshop is an Investment Management Case Study Deep Dive, where students explore different case studies in small groups with a representative from different investment teams at LGIM. The third workshop is run by an external careers coach provided by Generating Genius who provides students with CV and cover letter support, application tips, and also mock interview practice. The fourth workshop is Recruitment Process 101 which goes over the end-to-end process at LGIM and tips on how students can prepare for the different stages. Last year,17 of our students made applications and two students entered the business from the Get Ahead Programme. 

  Google and Generating Genius Software Engineering Mentoring 

We have 21 students, studying Computer Science, Physics, Maths and Engineering degrees, who are currently on our Google mentoring programme. This is the third year of this programme. The aim of the programme is to support students with applying to Google and other Technology companies for Technology Summer Internship roles. The students are given one-to-one mentoring from a Google Software Engineer. This programme has successfully seen 6 students enter Google for Summer Internships. This year's cohort began the programme in September and are two months into the sixth month programme and engaging well. We hope that this year's students will have similar success to previous cohorts.  Thank you to our Google software engineering mentors and the Google People team for all the hard work you are doing on this programme. 
 

We had the pleasure of hosting our Spring Week Launch Event on October 18th. This event is to prepare students for applying to Spring Week Programmes, including the one we run as part of our partnership with Grid for Good. We had 142 students in attendance at this virtual event. The Start your Career at National Grid Panel was one of the highlights, where students got to hear from two current graduates, on successful applications and what kinds of work you do on the graduate programme. The event also took students through how to prepare for the testing and interview process which are common parts of many Spring Week applications. We look forward to hosting another Spring Week in Engineering and Technology with Grid for Good this coming spring. 

Our penultimate and final year students enrolled on our Grid for Good Talent Development Pathway have completed their first month of the 12-week Application Preparation one-to-one mentoring. From the cohort of 19 students on this mentoring programme, three have already submitted applications for National Grid, whilst others are still finalising their CVs with support from their mentors. Good luck to all these students applying for Graduate and Internship roles with National Grid. 

 

The AKO Foundation is one of Generating Genius’s top sponsors and has supported 100 students on the 2-year STEM Future Leaders programme for sixth formers. Those students have gone on to some fantastic universities and degree apprenticeships. AKO Foundation has now committed to sponsoring students on the relaunching of our Junior Genius programme. This programme will be starting again in summer 2023. AKO Capital employees have also committed to supporting, through mentoring, our STEM@Cambridge programme for sixth formers, and our Black Women into Tech programme for university students. Thank you to the AKO Foundation for your continued support and to the wonderful AKO Capital employees for their volunteer time. 

 

 

We also spoke on a panel entitled, “How to make vocational education more inclusive” at the Federation of Awarding Bodies Conference in Leicester. This area is becoming more of a focus for us as we recognise the importance of our model being useful, not just for those who can aim for traditional university courses, but also for those who are more practical, rather than academic, so that they are guided and prepared for competitive applications in vocational courses. It is great that although a new offering for us, our work is already being acknowledged in this space. 

 

We also spoke on a panel entitled, “How to make vocational education more inclusive” at the Federation of Awarding Bodies Conference in Leicester. This area is becoming more of a focus for us as we recognise the importance of our model being useful, not just for those who can aim for traditional university courses, but also for those who are more practical, rather than academic, so that they are guided and prepared for competitive applications in vocational courses. It is great that although a new offering for us, our work is already being acknowledged in this space. 

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Zindzi Sewell
London , United Kingdom

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