PhDs help teenagers reach their potential

Ana Sofia Ferreira

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. They do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools.

Ana Sofia Ferreira,  a PhD student on the MultiSim project at the University of Sheffield’s Insigneo Institute participated in the Brilliant Club’s Scholars Programme.  As a part of this programme she taught and designed a 5-week course for 14-16-year-olds at Yewlands Academy in Sheffield. Her course focused on the potential of computational biomechanics to support healthcare.

Talking about her experience Sofia said:
“I have really enjoyed the opportunity that this programme has given me to support young people into higher education. I was surprised with their engagement during tutorials. I hope that the experience and knowledge gained from being a part of this programme will give them the confidence to apply for higher education and help them achieve their full potential. The benefits of participating in this programme have been mutual as by designing and teaching this course my organisational and communication skills have developed further. I found the staff very supportive and would definitely recommend this programme to other PhD students.”