The 50 minute discussions will be structured around questions submitted from students before and during the event, and are to be led by some of the world’s greatest teachers including. Presenters include James Shapiro, Jerry Brotton, Marcus du Sautoy, Monica Grady, John Mullan, Hannah Critchlow, Steve Jones, Daniel Davis and many more.
“Education is not only the mark of a successful and civilised society,” said Dr David Landsman, executive director of Tata Limited, “which is why we think the Hay Festival is so important – but it is also a passport to the high quality jobs, including in the sciences, IT and engineering, that a modern economy, including our companies, offer across the UK.
“That’s why we are proud to partner with Hay Levels Live. The event will give students from all over the UK the chance to ask questions of some of the most respected names in Science, Maths, Engineering and the Humanities – and, I hope, spice up the final stages of their exam revision.”
The broadcast schedule is as follows:
- Friday 27 May – PHYSICS @ 2.30pm Host: Ben Miller (quantum physicist and star of Armstrong & Miller), with Monica Grady (Professor of Planetary and Space Science, Open University) and Emily Grossman (Science broadcaster) and Heather Lacy (Analytical Engineer from Jaguar Land Rover).
- Saturday 28 May - SHAKESPEARE @ 5.30pm Host: Clemency Burton-Hill, with James Shapiro (Professor of English, Columbia), John Mullan (Professor of English, UCL), Jerry Brotton (Professor of Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary, University of London).
- Sunday 29 May – MATHS @ 11.30am Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyii Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, Oxford.
- Monday 30 May – BIOLOGY @ 11.30am Host: Daniel Davis (Professor of Genetics, Manchester University), Steve Jones (Professor of Genetics, UCL) Hannah Critchlow (Cambridge University) and Kat Arney.
- Tuesday 31 May – TUDOR HISTORY @ 5.30pm Host: SJ Parris (historian and broadcaster), with Jerry Brotton (Professor of Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary, University of London) and John Guy (Professor of History (Cambridge).
Inspired by the festival’s popular Hay Levels - a series of free educational videos starring thought leaders from a range of disciplines – Hay Levels Live is another joint collaboration between the global literary event series, Hay Festival, and Hereford Sixth Form College, sponsored by the Tata group, to give sixth form students open access to some of the most renowned experts in their fields.
Visit www.hayfestival.com or contact [email protected] for more information.