Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Summer Schools, 2016

Debate chamger

Summer Schools 2016 – Booking Now Open

The Debate Chamber Summer Schools, now in their eleventh year, offer students age 11-18 the opportunity to find out more about some fascinating subjects, prepare for university applications, meet like-minded peers and get to grips with some tough intellectual challenges.

The material will be challenging (for the older age-group, about the level of difficulty one might expect in the first year at university), but the atmosphere will be relaxed, with plenty of discussion, debate, and opportunities for students to shape the direction of classes. It is an environment conducive to getting to grips with new ideas.

Working in small groups (usually around 14 students per group) over several days offers participants a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest them.

Highlights of Summer 2016:

The Medicine Summer School for students aged 15-18 comprises a series of two-day events with specialist sessions on cardiology, paediatrics, oncology, emergency medicine and many other topics – enabling students to attend a wide-ranging introduction or select the sessions most relevant to their interests.

The Summer Law School for 15-18s, now in three 5-day blocks to allow time for more cases, more analysis and more debate on some of the most intriguing legal questions. Students can choose to focus on Criminal, Civil or International Law, or attend all three Parts for a comprehensive introduction to legal study.

For those interested in the Humanities, we have Summer Schools in Economics, International Relations, History, and Politics, while Arts enthusiasts should check out the English Literature, Classical Civilisations, Art History, or Philosophy Summer Schools (all for students aged 15-18).

Last but not least, the Maths and Physics Summer Schools will offer some challenging and exciting further study for those who will have completed Maths AS level or equivalent by Summer 2016.

Practical Details:

All the Summer School events will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and will take place in July and August 2016. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at

There is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place please visit, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Monday, 9 November 2015

Law Gap Year Opportunity

Don't miss these brilliant gap year opportunities with leading law firm Pinsent Masons for Sixth Form students

Pure Potential is pleased to share with you a fantastic opportunity, provided by leading commercial law firm Pinsent Masons.  The deadline is fast approaching so please remind your students about applying before the closing date in less than two weeks!

If your students are interested in pursuing a legal career and are keen to gain first-hand experience, please encourage them to consider the unique Gap Placement Programme. The programme lasts between 8 and 12 months, with opportunities available in all of the Pinsent Masons UK offices (excluding Belfast). This is an excellent way for students to gain extensive insights into the day-to-day life at a leading law firm, whilst earning and building valuable skills during their gap year.

This is a great way for your students to gain valuable commercial awareness and ensure that their CV stands out from the crowd.

Entry requirements: ABB at A Level (excluding General Studies)
Deadline: Friday, 20th November 2015
Start date: September 2016

To get more information on Pinsent Masons, visit their page on our website or read the information below. Please forward this email onto any relevant members of staff and students who may be interested in this opportunity.

Kind regards,  

Dan Fielding
Pure Potential

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Sustainability Lecture at ARU, 12/11/15

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Unusual questions, extraordinary answers

Date: Thursday 12 November
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Cambridge campus, Lord Ashcroft Building, LAB 006
Booking: free, please click here, or just turn up on the day. 
Description: A series of hands-on activities and games bringing new perspectives to sustainability. Hosted by the Global Sustainability Institute as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2015
Enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and piece of cake while you move between activities:

Sensing energy by Sarah Royston, Association for the Conservation of Energy. Through a series of sensory challenges (from taste-tests to sound quizzes), this exhibit invites you to think about how we understand energy in our homes using all five of our senses.

Money makes the world go round by Tim Hughes, University of Cambridge. An interactive game exploring the effects of the monetary system on inequality and the environment.

What right have you to decide? by Rosie Robison, Global Sustainability Institute. Take on the role of a doctor, politician or environmentalist and work to persuade others to your point of view regarding our right to use resources.

Is this landscape natural? by Tim Mitchell, artist. Undertake a visual literacy exercise with Tim’s beautiful landscape photographs, how carefully are you looking?
This event is run in conjunction with the ‘Sustainability: New Questions, New Answers’ collection of writing and artwork. Each activity is linked to a written piece from the collection, which will be available online in the run up to the event. Check back here for more details.
It is open to everyone, and we are particularly keen for teenagers and their families to come along.
To find out more about the event please contact Dr Rosie Robison,

Do you want to train as a maths teacher?

Taster Day for any students who are interested in becoming
Secondary Maths teachers.


The day will take place from 9am – 3:30pm on Wednesday 18 November. During the day, there will be workshops held at the University’s Bedford campus, as well as visits to local schools.


The Taster Day is for our new Undergraduate Secondary Education with Mathematics course. This is a three year course which enables students to achieve Qualified Teacher Status whilst also developing their mathematics knowledge. This could be preferable to the more traditional route of a three-year course, followed by a one-year PGCE. There are also generous bursaries offered to students following a mathematics teaching programme.


To register for the event, students can use this link: or email to express their interest.

New Health Careers website 
Help people find the right career in health 

Dear Student

Health Education England has brought together the very best health careers information on to the new Health Careers website.

It provides information on some of the 350 roles available in health along with real-life stories and videos of real staff. There is also a course finder which lists more than 1,000 courses leading to a career in health.
New features 

The website has lots of new features including a compare roles tool which allows you to compare bite-size information of up to three roles. You can also register where you can save your favourite information and sign-up to emails. 

Further information 

Visit the Health Careers website
today. If you have any thoughts or comments, please email us on

We hope you like it.

The Health Careers team