Richmond School students take part in ‘brilliant’ project

Students at Richmond School and Sixth Form College with their Newcastle University Brilliant Club mentor Paulius Rasiukas, L-R, Dan Eldred, Ben Appleby, Elijah Kirk-Muir, Katie Hy, Paulius, Mark Williams, George Mayo and Nathan O’Connor.

Richmond School students have taken part in a unique project designed to promote higher education.

Year 12 students have joined the Brilliant Club, an initiative aimed at encouraging them to consider university life.

Their Brilliant Club mentor, a second year Phd chemical engineering student from Newcastle University, Paulius Rasiukas, said: “Maths has been the medium but this has been more about helping them discover a love of learning and to consider the benefits of going to university.

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“It is about exploring what they are thinking rather than teaching them.”

Eight students joined the seven-week programme in March and will graduate with a Brilliant Club diploma at a ceremony at Durham University later this month.

Paulius said: “This is aimed at students who have the capability to go to university but who might not necessarily have the motivation or support to do so.

“Their work has been brilliant and it has certainly helped to lift their aspirations.”

Student George Mayo added: “It has taught me a new way of thinking and I am now considering reading aeronautical engineering at university. It has been so worthwhile, in fact, it has been brilliant.”