A Level students to ask the experts at Hay Festival 2016

Hay Festival

Hay Festival’s global conversation shares the latest thinking in the arts and sciences with curious audiences live, in print and online.  Hay Festival runs a wide range of programmes of education work supporting future generations of writers and culturally hungry audiences of all ages. Acclaimed author, actor and writer Stephen Fry is President of the organisation; Peter Florence is Director; and Caroline Michel, CEO of leading literary and talent agency Peters Fraser and Dunlop, is Chair of the board.

Established around a kitchen table in 1987, the organisation now reaches a global audience of hundreds of thousands every year and continues to grow and innovate, building partnerships and initiatives alongside some of the leading bodies in arts and the media, including global partners the BBC, ACW, TATA, British Council and LSE; The Daily Telegraph, Visit Wales, Baillie Gifford, Oxfam, and Good Energy; and international partners Wales Arts International, AC/E, Embassy of Chile, Embassy of Colombia, and the Embassy of Mexico. 

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A Levels students across the country are being encouraged to submit their questions for Hay Levels Live, an education panel that is part of Hay Festival (26th May – 5th June). Kicking off on Friday 27 May, this is a new initiative offering Sixth Form students the chance to quiz distinguished speakers live at Hay Festival 2016 and online. Questions on Physics, Maths, Biology, Tudor history and Shakespeare can be submitted online now at the Hay Levels Live website, or through Twitter using @HayFestival / #HayLevels, before the experts take to the stage to offer their answers.  

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.

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