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Eleven IVC students graduate in The Brilliant Club STEM Scholars’ Programme

Eleven IVC students graduate in The Brilliant Club STEM Scholars’ Programme – six with a ‘First’. Well done them!

IVC Brilliant Club Scholars 2018-19:

Madison Duell

James Salmon

Erin Kingston

Sydney Jaikaran-Roberts

Simon Lawrence

Shanti Jones

Sean Pinner

Rahan Chowdhury

Neya Jayavarapu

Chole Cesare

Emron MacDonald


Yesterday, students from Years 9 and 10 attended a graduation event at Jesus College, Cambridge, in recognition of their successful completion of a challenging project in STEM.

The Brilliant Club Scholars’ Programme is a nationwide initiative that aims to get students thinking about study after school, and to inform them about life at highly selective universities. It also gives young people an opportunity to build resilience and coping skills while doing highly challenging academic work.

The four-month exercise started with a trip to the University of East Anglia, where they met other students from around the country and took part in their first seminar with Joanna Janus, a final year PhD candidate at Queen Mary’s, University of London. Their project was to investigate the workings and the pros and cons of a range of cancer intervention therapies. Two further seminars took place with Joanna at IVC, and students then had to complete a 2,000 word essay on the topic.

All students submitted their work, which is an achievement in itself. Particularly pleasing is the fact that six out of the 11 students gained a ‘First’ – equivalent to very good performance at A-Level – and another a ‘2:1’. The PhD student hadn’t worked with such a strong group, she said. We hope that this makes them very proud of themselves, so please do have a word with them if you teach them.

Many thanks to Olivia Edgerton and Amy Brewer for their initial nomination of the students and for accompanying us on the university trips.


Neil Jones

Lead Practitioner: Most Able Students

Impington Village College