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Opportunities, Events & Activities

We occasionally hear of outside events and activities that would be of interest and valuable to students on the Talented and Gifted Programme.  Please find details below of forthcoming opportunities.

WhatNext? Coventry, is inviting YOU to join them on a brand-new and exciting project – PROJECT EMPOWER


Project Empower aims to empower, equip and enlighten young people from Black and South Asian backgrounds allowing them to feel confident about making choices which will heavily impact their future and have fundamental skills which will allow them to #beexcellent. We do this with the delivery of tailored mentoring and sessions on life skills and holistic higher education options.


The sessions are split into Life Skills and Higher Education sessions. These sessions aim to provide you with skills that will allow you to thrive in life after school and give you a chance to increase your networks so YOU CAN LEAD ON YOUR OWN PROJECTS! 


These include:


1.     University, What is right for me?: Understand what University is and its benefits, helping you plan for the future.

2.     Apprenticeships and beyondDevelop your understanding of options outside of going to university and provide avenues to explore these HE options.

3.     Communication skills: Understanding the importance of communication skills online and in person. Learn how to articulate your viewpoint so you are heard!

4.     Career skills: A crash course on CVs, cover letters and interviews increasing your confidence when it comes to applying for jobs.

5.     Money management: Providing you with the basics of financial literacy and the importance of effective budgeting, allowing you to be confident with managing money.

6.     Mental wellbeing and mindfulness: Learn techniques to support mental well-being by proposing an “Emotional Fitness/Wellbeing Plan” and destigmatising mental illness.


All sessions are highly interactive, giving you the opportunity to engage with students across the country, get involved with debates, put your creative hats on and finally actually have some good fun whilst being stuck at home!


Let WhatNext?Coventry create an environment for you to escape the boring reality of a lockdown and harness your superpower which is being authentically yourself!


We will be partnering with some of the best people to make sure its worth giving up a few of those FIFA games or Tiktok dances!


For our communications session, InitiatedNation; a Black-owned company aimed at creating a space for creatives and professionals to come together. Plus, the careers session led by Econominds; Female run educational company providing industry expert knowledge and advice to make sure you get your dream job!


Prizes are available to anyone that joins up with us now! Find out what they are at the taster session!


To get involved and learn skills that could change your life, alongside winning prizes, having pizza nights and having something huge to add to your CV, click the link below to sign up. Don’t forget, make sure you refer a friend!


Our taster session is Wednesday 10th February 2021 at 6pm, I can’t wait to see you there! Click here to sign up



Warwick Wednesdays: Webinars for your students

Year 11s are invited to join Warwick University from 4pm every Wednesday until Wednesday 31st March. Join for one, or join for all - they'll be covering a variety of topics about applying to and studying at university. Find out more below!

These sessions will run from 4-5pm (BST). Register now by clicking on the link.

Wed 13 Jan - Biology at Warwick
Wed 20 Jan - The Student Experience 2020-21
Wed 27 Jan - Business at Warwick
Wed 3 Feb - Postgrad 101
Wed 10 Feb - Computer Science at Warwick
Wed 17 Feb - Half term takeover
Wed 24 Feb - Engineering at Warwick
Wed 3 March - Researching university choices
Wed 10 March - Politics and International Studies at Warwick
Wed 17 March - Making a competitive UCAS Application
Wed 24 March - Psychology at Warwick
Wed 31 March - Writing your UCAS Personal Statement

The emergent rhythms of health and disease: where mathematics, biology and medicine meet

Professor John Terry

Wednesday 27th January 7pm

Rhythms are everywhere! In this talk I will introduce many of the rhythms that we take for granted and consider how mathematics can help us to understand them. I will focus on two important areas: stress, and how our body responds to stressors, and epilepsy, a serious neurological condition that affects 1% of the global population. In each case, I will describe some of the common rhythms that ensure our bodies and minds respond appropriately, as well as exploring – using mathematics – what can go wrong.

Click here to register for the event

Virtual Faraday Challenge


The Virtual Faraday Challenge is open for anyone between 7-15, young people can do this at home, in school, individually or as a group or family.


Based on a real-world problem, the Virtual Faraday Challenge brings together STEM subjects (science, design and technology, engineering and maths) in an engaging way and encourages the development of young people’s problem solving and communication skills.


This season’s Virtual Faraday Challenge tasks young people to see if they can assist the work of Network Rail in helping them to sustainably manage the increasing numbers of passengers using their network and minimise their impact on the environment.

Free Subscription to Ingenia

December’s Ingenia has been published, with articles on chocolate engineering, a process to clean wastewater with algae, ensuring social distancing in offices, fast-tracking COVID-19 vaccines, an interview with Dr Andy Harter CBE DL FREng, and much more.


This is a quarterly publication put together by the Royal Academy of Engineering, with an editorial board of Fellows and a few non-Fellows. Ingenia has a broad readership, with a focus on reaching more young people aged 13 to 25 who are interested in STEM subjects, and publishes stimulating and informative articles about all aspects of engineering.


Subscription is free so if you’d like a hard copy delivered you can subscribe by filling out this form.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation


The Raspberry Pi Foundation have launched a free Learn at Home initiative to support parents and young people with coding resources at home. You don’t need any coding experience to join in, and all of their resources and activities are free forever.


Get involved with their space challenge, Astro Pi Mission Zero in partnership with the European Space Agency, where young people can send a message to the International Space Station


Every Wednesday their team of educators host a digital making live stream to inspire and teach young people about getting creative with technology.


They provide over 200 coding projects you can follow on any computer, with themes from looking after yourself toprotecting the planet. All with step-by-step instructions, accessible online at any time, for free.


Simply visit their website ( to get started right away!

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