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August 2017

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Hackney University Extension Summer schools

BSix Alumni talk to prospective university applicants at Cambridge and Oxford universities

BSix students who attended: Aniqa Hoque, Daniel Igwe, Ivania Afonso, Refat Uddin, Olasoji  Ajayi, Syeda Mahmuda, Lauriana Luchita, Mark William Fernandez, Gabriella Carbenero, Hafsa Mallin

Clare College Cambridge:

At the end of July, 21 students who had taken part in the Hackney University Extension Maths programme delivered by Clare College, University of Cambridge, attended a residential at the college. The four day summer school consisted of workshops and group project work, and culminated in group presentations on their assigned mathematical topics, assessed by their postgraduate supervisors. Students also attended a workshop delivered by Underground Mathematics, working together on whiteboard tables to solve problems. We were delighted to have BSix alumnus, current Cambridge student, and YouTube star, ‘Ibz Mo’, talk to the group about applying to elite universities, and the transition from Hackney to Cambridge. Students impressed their postgraduate tutors with their ability to quickly grasp advanced and difficult concepts, and we were also impressed by their incredibly professional and engaging presentations. Mossbourne student, Esther, said of the summer school:  “They say that you never truly understand something unless you are able to explain it.  My understanding of what I learnt was broadened by the fact that I would be presenting it to my peers. It was an opportunity for me to grow in confidence as I explained concepts within mathematics that were to my interest. It encouraged me to do further research and the overall experience was a motivation for me to succeed. I am grateful that I had the chance to ask questions about admission processes as well as gain an insight into what is needed to be a desirable Cambridge applicant.”

Pembroke College, Oxford:

Eleven students from Hackney, including seven from BSix- Hiback Hashi, Deimante Jucyte, Henry Asenso, Aaron Kiflay, Olasoji Ajayi, Syeda Mahmuda, and Mariam Abdulai-  attended the Pembroke College, University of Oxford Access Week. Alongside students from the Hackney University Extension Humanities programme, for the first time, three BSix students joined the Science strand. At the start of the week, students met their postgraduate tutors, who assigned Humanities students an essay and Science students a research project to work on over the week. With the help of undergraduate mentors, students experienced university level academic work, within the environment of an Oxford college. This enabled them to develop their research, time management, and independent learning skills.  It was wonderful to see students rise to the challenge of the week, achieving far more than many might have expected when they were first set their tasks. Evening activities included a music recital, a presentation from visiting students from India and America, and a lecture entitled ‘The Poetry and Music of Science’. They also experienced attending ‘Formal Hall’, a formal three course meal in Pembroke’s grand, historic dining hall, at which current Pembroke student and BSix alumnus, Barkhadle Yusuf, delivered the after dinner address. Alongside the demanding academic work, our students formed positive working relationships and friendships with students from other regions, and different disciplines, expanding their networks of similarly ambitious and driven peers. Looking back on the week, Henry Asenso said “it was a really good experience, one that I can think back to and really miss”.