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Durham University is a top choice for the most gifted young people

(12 May 2006)

A survey released today by The National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) revealed that Durham University was one of the top ten destinations for England’s most gifted young people. The first most popular destination was Cambridge, with Oxford in second place, the University of Warwick, third and Durham fourth.

The National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth was established by government in 2002. Its role is to drive forward improvements in gifted and talented education. It now has around 85,000 student members. The table below is the result of a survey of some of NAGTY’s earliest members who, at age 18, have now left the Academy. The survey reveals that the top ten Universities are all institutions which work closely with NAGTY to provide events and encourage students to consider continuing their academic career to degree level. NAGTY’s Director, Professor Deborah Eyre said: “NAGTY’s membership is of immense interest to universities and colleges. Far sighted universities see the obvious benefits of working with NAGTY. Any opportunity they can offer NAGTY membership is an opportunity to showcase their university to those gifted young people. I am delighted to see that the top ten slots in this table are all occupied by universities that have worked closely with NAGTY via the HE Gateway programme, and four of the top ten Universities are NAGTY summer school providers” Durham Vice-Chancellor Sir Kenneth Calman, said: “This is a very positive indicator of the good work performed by my colleagues in admissions and in particular on the NAGTY Summer Schools programme. Durham University wants the best students from whatever background and this is one of the key routes for recruiting them. I wish all the NAGTY students every success in the future.”

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