IAI School

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The IAI School is aimed at pre-university students who have an interest in critical thinking and want to broaden their understanding of what higher education offers beyond school curricula.

Following its success in 2018, the IAI School returns to HowTheLightGetsIn London 2019 with a programme designed to enhance and inform the university application process and support the development of independent critical thinking. Specially designed for A-level students, the two-day course will deliver a series of stimulating lectures, seminars and small group discussions from world-leading thinkers, as well as workshops and a Q&A with admissions tutors from both Cambridge University and King's College London. Covering core aspects of philosophical study and contemporary science, students will be led by world-class thinkers whose work is shaping the ideas of tomorrow.

This year the programme includes:

  • Novelist, essayist and winner of the Orange First Novel prize Joanna Kavenna
  • Renowned literary critic, legal scholar and public intellectual Stanley Fish
  • Former political strategist and head of the Number 10 Policy Unit under Tony Blair Matthew Taylor
  • Writer, broadcaster and academic Myriam Francois
  • Transhumanist, futurist and author Anders Sandberg
  • Leading space scientist Monica Grady

Teaching will be supported by the Institute of Art and Ideas and students will also have full access to HowTheLightGetsIn headline talks, debates, music and comedy. The weekend as a whole will provide a true university 'taster' experience. The IAI School has a broad range of students in attendance from schools including St Paul's, Dulwich College and The King's School to students from some of the most disadvantaged areas in the country. The School is driven by the firm belief that philosophy is for all and strives to be as inclusive as possible.

"I'm so impressed by the work of the IAI School. Their programme is precisely the sort of thing I wish I'd done at school. While I missed out, students now are set to be stimulated and inspired" - Bruce Daisley, Vice-President EMEA of Twitter

If you represent a school or institution who would like to make a group booking for the IAI School, or an organization who is interested in funding and supporting the project, please email us at partnerships@artandideas.org for more information.


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