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Germaine Greer - photo courtesy of Hay Festival

New year, new Hay Levels

More than 30 new Hay Levels videos are available to help sixth-formers across a range of subjects, with more to be released every fortnight through the academic year.

The Hay Levels are bite-sized videos on YouTube presented by academic luminaries, designed to give A level students some extra stimulation. Produced in collaboration between the world-renowned Hay Festival and Hereford Sixth Form College, and sponsored by the Tata group, the videos are around three to five minutes each and organised into three main categories: Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. A supplementary playlist – Exam Tips – was added this summer.

The new year’s programme includes Jim Al Khalili talking about nuclear and particle physics, Germaine Greer on Romeo and Juliet, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and former Conservative Cabinet minister William Waldegrave giving their different takes on proportional representation, and AC Grayling on Descartes’ ontological argument.

See the whole library of videos here:

A Hay Levels statement explains how the YouTube channel came about: “Now in its second year, the Hay Levels was sparked when mathematician Marcus du Sautoy gave an impromptu masterclass to a group of A Level students on his way to speak at Hay Festival. Working with local teachers and students at Hereford Sixth Form College, Hay filmed festival speakers to give every teenager in the UK access to a direct online masterclass.”

Here’s a few of our favourite Hay Level videos:


For more information visit the Hay Levels website.


Posted by Nicholas Manthorpe on Wed, 8 Feb 2017

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Nick was a reporter for the Eastern Daily Press and its sister weekly titles in Norfolk and Waveney, then served as Media Officer for North Norfolk District Council for 13 years. He now works as a writer and PR and media relations consultant. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, an associate member of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of East Anglian Writers.

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