United Kingdom 2018-2019 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.

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Julie Arliss

Julie Arliss

Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship by 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 a former principal examiner for Cambridge International Examinations and founder of Academy Conferences.

Professor Tom Greggs

Professor Tom Greggs

Tom Greggs holds the Marischal Chair, (actually a physical chair established in 1616) at the University of Aberdeen. He previously held a chair at the University of Chester. He has also taught at the University of Cambridge. He was elected a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, and is an Honorary Professor of Theology at St Mellitus College, London. He has been a visiting research fellow at St John's College, Durham, and College of Arts and Sciences International Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia.

He is the author of five major books and is currently the recipient of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. He is globally in demand as a speaker and well known for his engaging wit.

Dr Chris O'Neill

Dr Chris O'Neill

Dr Chris O’Neill is a psychologist, registered psychotherapist and trained counsellor, with training in several therapeutic modalities from psychoanalysis to clinical hypnosis. He initiated the large-scale MYRIAD research project in Oxford University investigating resilience and well-being in young people. Member of Senior Common Room at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

He also has forty years’ experience of working with students and staff in schools, and worked at Rugby and Charterhouse in a variety of roles; teacher, Chaplain, Head of Philosophy and Theology, and psychotherapis.

Dr Mark Lewney

Dr Mark Lewney

Dr Mark Lewney is a professional physicist who uses the science of electric guitars to explore the nature of reality and string theory. He has appeared on BBC’s Newsnight and on BBC’s Xchange as well as on the Money programme and Radio 4. He is an experienced educator and lectures across the UK. Mark has been on a national UK school tour, on behalf of the Institute of Physics, featured in the Guardian and Physics World and also gave a talk at the Tokyo International Science Festival. Mark is a popular speaker on Academy Conferences UK highly able programmes.

"A cross between Einstein and Jimi Hendrix" Times Higher Education Supplement

"A gust of fresh air" Times Higher Education Supplement

Tour Venues:

Carmel College
9th November 2018
Bloomsbury Baptist Church
25th January 2019
Emmanuel URC
1st February 2019
South West, Wellington
Wellington School
4th February 2019
Oxford Town Hall
8th March 2019
Friends' Meeting House
15th March 2019

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 £25. We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details.


A fixed fee of £25. One free staff place with every 12 students booked. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay £195.


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:


Your booking will be confirmed immediately and invoices must be met unless you notify us 3 weeks before conference.

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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