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        Jump to Academy Conferences: Philosophy and Ethics

        United Kingdom 2019-2020 Programme

        Gifted & Talented Study Day:

        What to Expect on the Day

        This is a day for bright ambitious students who are interested in ideas. The best way to stretch clever youngsters is to give them a solid platform from which key questions and big ideas can be explored. Students will spend the day with like-minded youngsters all keen to reach the ceiling of their ability and share ideas. Experienced gifted educator, Julie Arliss and lecturers from Oxford University, Aberdeen University and London University will stretch and challenge your students. This is a unique, not to be missed, opportunity for your students.

        Why attend?

        • Oxbridge Masterclass
        • Promote equity and excellence for diverse learners
        • Target the development of capabilities in GT students
        • Add depth, complexity and richness
        • Challenge GT students with abstract ideas
        • Engage the thinker within
        • Share ideas with like-minded people
        • Meet world-class thinkers

        Join us on Snapchat – – for your daily philosophical thought of the day, plus access to free resources.

        Senior Conferences

        Download the brochure
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        Julie Arliss

        Julie Arliss

        Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowshipby Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a highly accomplished teacher and author. She is a well-known international educator of gifted students with a gift for making the complex simple, and the simple complex. She is committed to the provision of world-class extension activities for these students, to extend their reach well beyond the curriculum to new areas of knowledge. She is on the examining team for Cambridge International Examinations and founder of Academy Conferences.

        Dr Chris O'Neill

        Dr Chris O'Neill

        Dr O’Neill is a fellow of Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford and is a polymathic thinker. He is a psychologist, registered psychotherapist and trained counsellor. He initiated the large-scale MYRIAD research project in Oxford University investigating resilience and well-being in young people. He has forty years’ experience of working with students and staff in schools and is an exceptional educator.

        Dr Andrew Pinsent

        Dr Andrew Pinsent – Oxford

        Dr Pinsent is an international speaker, in great demand across the globe. He is a polymath with doctorates in both physics and philosophy. There are few better placed to discuss matters of science and religion as a speaker and all over the world. Former particle physicist at CERN, being a named author on thirty-one papers of the DELPHI experiment. He is a member of the United Kingdom Institute of Physics. Dr Pinsent also has a second doctorate in philosophy and is currently the Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, a Research Fellow of Harris-Manchester College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University.

        Mike Grenier

        Mike Grenier

        Alumni of St Peter’s College, Oxford, who works with highly able students at Eton College where his students rate him as ‘a legend’. He is a radical thinker who leads a number of initiatives all focused on finding the optimal challenge for each student: “Teachers need to find our precisely which bowl of porridge suits every student – not too hot too cold, too big or too small.” Widely published in the education world and passionate about a broader view of education which goes well beyond marching bright young students through examinations on the basis of their date of birth. He argues that this risks ‘dehumanising each and every one of them.’

        Professor Charles Foster - Oxford

        Professor Charles Foster - Oxford

        Charles Foster is a writer, traveller, veterinarian and barrister. He is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford. His books cover many fields. They include books on travel, evolutionary biology, natural history, anthropology, theology, archaeology, philosophy and law. Ultimately they are all attempts to answer the questions ‘Who or what are we?’, and ‘what on earth are we doing here? His latest book is ‘Being a Beast’, which is published in the UK by Profile Books and in the US by Metropolitan Books. He read veterinary medicine and law at Cambridge, and is a qualified veterinary surgeon. He holds a PhD in law/bioethics from the University of Cambridge. He teaches Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Oxford.

        Dr James Orr - Cambridge

        Dr James Orr - Cambridge

        Dr James Orr left corporate law ten years ago to become a student again and has recently secured a lectureship at Cambridge University. Formerly McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, Dr Orr holds a PhD and MPhil from St. John’s College, Cambridge, and a Double First in Literae Humaniores from Balliol College, Oxford. His publications and policy papers cover many fields including ‘The Discarded Mind’ ‘Created Equal’ and ‘Being and Eternity’. An impressive polymathic mind keen to inspire curious young minds in the search for knowledge.

        Tour Venues:

        Emmanuel College
        7th November 2019
        Emmanuel URC
        17th January 2020
        Bloomsbury Baptist Church
        24th January 2020
        Wellington School
        31st January 2020
        Kings House Church (change of venue)
        7th February 2020
        Oxford Town Hall
        6th March 2020

        Arrival and registration

        From 9.30am. The program begins promptly at 10.00am and concludes at 3.15pm.

        Note: times for London conference as follows - 10.00 arrival; 10.30 start; 3.45pm finish.

        Conference Fees


        A fixed fee of lb25. We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact幸运彩票怎么才能下载 for further details.


        A fixed fee of lb25. One free staff place with every 12 students booked. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay lb195.


        These events fill quickly but we appreciate that many schools need time to collect money from students.


        Bookings for a conference are usually made by a teacher or other representative from a school, and students attend conference with their school group accompanied by a supervising teacher. The school is invoiced for the number of students and staff attending (if schools require payment from students or parents for attendance, these payments are made to the school).

        Please note that we cannot accept bookings for unaccompanied students, and all students attending are required have a supervising teacher, or parent, with them. This is a workplace health and safety issue, as we do not have the necessary staff to provide supervision of students at the conference, or during meal breaks. [If a school is not attending, and a student from that school wishes to attend independently, they can do so, but they must be accompanied by a supervising adult who is charged at the student rate, and who makes the booking]

        To book with us fill in your full details below:


        Online bookings (with the exception of unaccompanied teacher bookings) must have at least 4 students. If you wish to make a booking of less than 4 students then please contact the office.

        Proud to work with…

        AQA Cambridge International Examinations eduqas edexcel Liverpool Hope University OCR Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion

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