Hay Festival has announced Hay Levels Live, a new initiative offering Sixth Form students the opportunity to quiz distinguished speakers.
The initiative is a joint collaboration between the global literary event series, Hay Festival, and Hereford Sixth Form College, sponsored by the Tata group, to give sixth form students open access to some of the most renowned experts in their fields.
The festival, which runs 26th May to 5th June, will invite questions from students both in person and online, via its website or on Twitter, and across a wide range of subjects, whether physics, maths, biology, Tudor history, and Shakespeare. Experts will then take to the stage at Hay Festival 2016 to offer their answers.
The 50-minute discussions will commence from Friday 27th May, structured around questions submitted from students before and during the event, with the sessions led by "world’s greatest teachers" including: James Shapiro, Jerry Brotton, Marcus du Sautoy, Monica Grady, John Mullan, Hannah Critchlow, Steve Jones, Daniel Davis.
Students and teachers can join the audience live on site in the festival’s new education hub, Hay Compass, or by tuning into the live online stream and joining the conversation on social media (@HayFestival #HayLevels).
Dr David Landsman, executive director of Tata Limited, said: “The 19 Tata group companies in the UK cover everything from cars to salt and from tea to IT, employing thousands of people. Education is not only the mark of a successful and civilised society – which is why we think the Hay Festival is so important – but it is also a passport to the high quality jobs, including in the sciences, IT and engineering, that a modern economy, including our companies, offer across the UK.
“That’s why we are proud to partner with Hay Levels Live. The event will give students from all over the UK the chance to ask questions of some of the most respected names in science, maths, engineering and the humanities – and, I hope, spice up the final stages of their exam revision.”