Extra-Curricular Concierge

Exploring opportunities outside the curriculum, whether academic, intellectual or merely for leisure, is fundamental to u2's ethos. Students should explore, engage and enquire, pursuing their interests outside the school curriculum. We’ve recently launched a unique sub-section of u2, Minds Underground, dedicated solely to extra-curricular pursuits. Additional opportunities including subject-specific work experiences are listed below. We’re also incredibly excited to announce the launch of the Caroline Herschel Club for Girls as part of our extended super-curriculum offerings (see below for more details).

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Coding, digital learning...

One of u2's mentors invented an app called Summly, an automatic summarisation algorithm, aged just 17, which was sold to Yahoo for US$30 million, making him one of the youngest self-made millionaires. He studied Computer Science and Philosophy at Oxford and has published three papers in Philosophy thus far.

Get an insight into the world of coding and algorithms with one of u2’s Computer Science mentors with similar expertise.

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Work Experience

Many schools require students undertake work experience in the Summer of their GCSE year and beyond. We believe that subject-specific work experience is most crucial to a student’s future University application.

Our mentors have a range of professional experience - using our contacts, we can arrange research opportunities with leading academics, jobs in theatre, writing, tech…

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Would you like music lessons with the principal cellist of Oxford University Symphony Orchestra and current Royal Academy of Music scholar?

Many of our mentors have reached Grade 8 or diploma level with their musical talents. Whether you'd like practical music lessons or an insight into music theory, analysis, music history, musical thought and scholarship, u2 can arrange sessions at your convenience..

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Of our 400+ Oxbridge mentors, u2 have tutors for European languages including French, Spanish, German, Greek, Italian and Portuguese, as well as fluent speakers in Mandarin, Arabic and Russian.

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Video Creation

Video’s power to engage and educate has been recognised worldwide in our increasingly digital age.

We have combined a team of mentors who are experienced videographers to curate programmes for students to express themselves through the medium of video and acquire skills in the field, combining footage with images, speech, music and text.

Projects often relate to key contemporary issues e.g. climate change or cultural complexity, allowing students to engage with contemporary issues in a creative and exploratory way.

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Mentoring with a Fine Artist

u2 have a number of Fine Artists from the prestigious Ruskin Art School in Oxford, who are able to aid students with their projects and curricula - using drawing, paint and collage etc., as well as exploring new styles and forms.

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Did you know that some of the UK's most recognised actors and actresses attended Oxford or Cambridge University? Think Eddie Redmayne, Hugh Grant, Mr Bean, Gandalf...The acting, script-writing, producing and directing opportunities at both Universities are second-to-none. Many of u2’s mentors have been hugely involved in drama at Oxbridge and are pursuing it beyond University.

We offer acting and directing coaching, as well as writing programmes for theatre and film.

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The Caroline Herschel Club

Inspiring curious female minds, our extra-curricular club for girls named after the multi-talented 18th Century astronomer, Caroline, involves a range of opportunities including lectures, coding, current affairs workshops and science journal club.