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National Academic recognition for Canfordians

National Academic recognition for Canfordians

As part of our enrichment programme, we encourage pupils to write papers for academic publications and take part in competitions and events to explore particular subjects.  We are celebrating the latest excellent successes by our talented Canfordians on the national academic stage.

Many congratulations to Catherine Wray, whose article on Indigenous People’s Day celebrations in place of Columbus Day was published on the Bulletin of Advanced Spanish.  This is a great accomplishment for any hispanist and was produced by Catherine whilst preparing her Oxbridge application.   The content is also very relevant to Canford’s celebrations of Black History Month and this year’s Festival of Ideas programme.  Read the full article on the Canford blog

Katie Chow was selected from among 600 pupils across the UK to be part of the Empowered Females in STEM Programme.  Organised by UpskillMe, Katie will have access to monthly masterclasses conducted by career specialists and leading women in STEM, including mentoring from dedicated women working at Google, Facebook, Atkins, UCB, WSP Johnson and Matthey, Lendlease, Macquarie and RBCCM, work experience opportunities at leading STEM companies and a bespoke pipeline into future apprenticeships and internships.  An online event on 12 October started the programme and celebration event held in-person at the Google Headquarters in March 2022 will allow Katie to meet fellow participants and empowering females in the area of STEM.  The Programme Manager for Upskill Me commented:

We chose 150 students who demonstrated an impressive dedication to their futures and an exceptional passion for STEM.  Our Ada Lovelace launch event included an introduction to the programme, a talk from an inspirational woman in STEM, a panel discussion, speed networking with a variety of our high-profile employers, and the first masterclass and mentoring sessions.  Building your personal brand, resilience and goal setting and a public speaking workshop are among the masterclasses on offer.”    

Meanwhile Sophia Whelan entered the 2022 Immerse Education Academic Essay Competition for History and has been selected from 16-18 year olds across the globe to experience living and studying a specific subject at an undergraduate level at Cambridge University next summer.  The two week residential academic programme is organised by Immerse Education involving expert academic tutors from Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard Universities.  Her success is even more impressive given she will not be 16 until next May.

Sophia was thrilled to receive the news:

I was absolutely honoured to receive an email informing me that out of the thousands of entries received from all over the world, the judges selected my 500 word academic essay ‘Which 3 Famous Figures from History Would You Invite to a Dinner Party?’  as one of the highest calibre entries this year

The scholarship I have been awarded enables me to experience 40 hours of academic sessions from Oxford and Cambridge University tutors, access to study and lecture materials, a mentoring programme from current Oxbridge students, 1-1 Tutorials and guest speakers ranging from politicians to philosophers.  I will be staying in one of the Cambridge Colleges and will have the chance to experience a traditional formal college dinner during my fortnight there. This will be such an incredible opportunity which will be invaluable in supporting my planned Oxbridge application at A-level.”

Read Sophia’s entry on the Canford blog.

Many congratulations to Catherine, Katie and Sophia on these outstanding achievements.