15-minute films from world-leading academics help Hereford students

15-minute films from world-leading academics help Hereford students

The front cover of the Hay Levels brochure.

Hereford Sixth Form principal Jonathan Godfrey at Hay Festival with Oxford University's Marcus du Sautoy.

First published in News

HEREFORD students will be getting lectured by some of the country’s most innovative minds thanks to a series of multimedia tutorials recorded at Hay Festival last week.

Similar to the vastly popular TED Talks series, ‘Hay-Levels’ are a series of five- to fifteen-minute films by leading academics which aim to inspire and support current A-level students.

Featuring a range of ideas and speakers – from Richard Dawkins to Tristram Hunt – the films will cross multiple A-level subjects for Hereford Sixth Form students.

Hay Festival director, Peter Florence, said: “These are great teachers, and their generosity and clarity are extraordinary.”

The idea for the collaboration came about when, sharing a ride to the festival with a group of HSF students, an Oxford University professor broke into an impromptu lecture.

Marcus du Sautoy, a professor of Mathematics and the Public Understanding of Science, has already worked alongside Dara O'Briain on his show 'School of Hard Sums' to help popularise Maths - and sees Hay Levels as another way of making his area of expertise more relatable to young people.

He said: “Last year the idea came about when I was in the back of a minibus with a bunch of sixth formers and Jonathan Godfrey.

“This year it’s great to have the chance to reach all those kids preparing for A-Levels and help them to put their ideas into a wider picture.”

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