15 episodes

The Target Oxbridge Podcast aims to share the knowledge of how to effectively target a top UK university with parents, teachers and young people across the country.

In this podcast, Naomi Kellman, the founder of Target Oxbridge, interviews Target Oxbridge students who are studying at Oxford and Cambridge to delve into their experiences, get their tips for applying and share the advice they would give to their 16 year old selves.

Target Oxbridge launched in 2012 to help black students to gain places at Oxford and Cambridge.

Visit https://targetoxbridge.co.uk/

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The Target Oxbridge Podcast aims to share the knowledge of how to effectively target a top UK university with parents, teachers and young people across the country.

In this podcast, Naomi Kellman, the founder of Target Oxbridge, interviews Target Oxbridge students who are studying at Oxford and Cambridge to delve into their experiences, get their tips for applying and share the advice they would give to their 16 year old selves.

Target Oxbridge launched in 2012 to help black students to gain places at Oxford and Cambridge.

Visit https://targetoxbridge.co.uk/

    In conversation with Matthew Ryder QC

    In conversation with Matthew Ryder QC

    In the final episode of the series, Naomi speaks to Matthew Ryder QC, the barrister who represented the family of Stephen Lawrence, and former Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community.

    Matthew Ryder studied Law at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he got involved with the Black Caucus and co-founded the Group to Encourage Ethnic Minority Access (GEEMA). On graduating he worked at a legal aid firm in Harlesden before training as a barrister and then moving to New York to study for a Master’s in Human Rights at Columbia University.

    Matthew discusses the things he has learnt and achieved in his career, including what being a Queen’s Counsel involves, and the growing importance of data in regard to issues of human rights, racism and discrimination. He also makes a strong case for young people to push for the change they want to see in the future, whilst building on the foundations laid by the generations that have gone before them.

    The Target Oxbridge Podcast aims to share the knowledge of how to effectively target a top UK university with parents, teachers and young people across the country, perhaps even the world! Visit https://targetoxbridge.co.uk/ and connect with us on Twitter and Instagram: @TargetOxbridge.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    In conversation with Priscilla Mensah

    In conversation with Priscilla Mensah

    Naomi catches up with Priscilla Mensah, the first Black woman to be elected President of the Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU), and a UK representative at the WTO and the UN.

    Priscilla almost missed out on her school’s visit to Cambridge, as she wasn’t in the top set for both English and Maths. Her English teacher secured her a place on the trip however, and she fell in love with Cambridge as a result. When she arrived at Cambridge, she set her sights on making things fairer for the students who came after her. She co-founded FLY, Cambridge’s network for women and non-binary people of colour, and became the first Black woman to be elected President of CUSU.

    In this episode Priscilla discusses the lessons she learnt in these roles, including her realisation that change is a process that takes time, and the challenges faced by Black women in the public eye. She also reflects on the importance of self -care, and the role this plays in ensuring one is able to fight for change in a sustainable way.

    The Target Oxbridge Podcast aims to share the knowledge of how to effectively target a top UK university with parents, teachers and young people across the country, perhaps even the world! Visit https://targetoxbridge.co.uk/ and connect with us on Twitter and Instagram: @TargetOxbridge.

    • 46 min
    In conversation with Tom Ilube CBE

    In conversation with Tom Ilube CBE

    In this episode Naomi speaks to Tom Ilube CBE, CEO of Crossword Cybersecurity, Advisory Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford, Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and a Director at both the BBC and WPP.

    Tom studied Physics at the University of Benin in Nigeria and discusses how he has applied those skills in his career in tech and entrepreneurship. He tells the tale of leaving his job to start his first business at 30 years old, and how his ability to embrace failure helped him go on to found eight business over the course of his career. Tom also provides an insight into the skills that have made him successful and the importance of persistence.

    Building on his interest in education, Tom has also founded two schools. The Hammersmith Academy is a tech focused school inspired by a trip to an Apple Store, and the African Gifted Foundation teaches gifted girls from across Africa STEM A Levels in just one year! Tom shares the insights he has gained from running these schools.

    The Target Oxbridge Podcast aims to share the knowledge of how to effectively target a top UK university with parents, teachers and young people across the country, perhaps even the world! Visit https://targetoxbridge.co.uk/ and connect with us on Twitter and Instagram: @TargetOxbridge.

    • 46 min
    In conversation with Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

    In conversation with Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

    For this episode, Naomi caught up with Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, the Founder of Stemettes, Presenter of the Woman Tech Charge podcast, and at 20, one of the youngest ever to receive a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford.

    Anne-Marie was a child prodigy, taking her first GCSE exam at the age of ten and being accepted to Oxford at just 15. She explains what enabled her to achieve such success, how she kept herself motivated, and how she overcame unsupportive teachers by finding ways around the existing system.

    Stemettes encourages young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through free, fun, food-filled events. Anne-Marie speaks to Naomi about how Stemettes got started, the barriers that young women face in the world of STEM, and how organisations can be intentionally inclusive.

    The Target Oxbridge Podcast aims to share the knowledge of how to effectively target a top UK university with parents, teachers and young people across the country, perhaps even the world! Visit https://targetoxbridge.co.uk/ and connect with us on Twitter and Instagram: @TargetOxbridge.

    • 52 min
    In conversation with Hashi Mohamed

    In conversation with Hashi Mohamed

    In this episode, Hashi Mohamed joins Naomi to discuss his journey from arriving in the UK as a child refugee to becoming a barrister and author. 

    Hashi Mohamed arrived in the UK as an unaccompanied child refugee. With the support of a number of people, including a teacher who gave up her summer to provide a safe space for her students, Hashi was able to work towards his dreams in terms of his education and career. Following a Master's degree at St Anthony's College, Oxford, Hashi went on to pursue a career as a barrister. His book, People Like Us, reflects on his personal journey in relation to the wider theme of social mobility in the UK. 

    Hashi and Naomi discuss the importance of recognising those who support us in achieving our success, how to think about 'fitting in', and the work he has done with Big Education, a charitable trust that runs schools. 

    The Target Oxbridge Podcast aims to share the knowledge of how to effectively target a top UK university with parents, teachers and young people across the country, perhaps even the world! Visit https://targetoxbridge.co.uk/ and connect with us on Twitter and Instagram: @TargetOxbridge.

    • 40 min
    Femi Fadugba on The Upper World

    Femi Fadugba on The Upper World

    Femi Fadugba joins Naomi to speak about The Upper World, his recently announced book series that is being made into a Netflix film starring Daniel Kaluuya.

    The Upper World tells the story of a 16 year old boy from Peckham who discovers he has the power to see glimpses of the past and future. It combines time-travel physics with life on an estate, and explores the question of free will.

    Femi is a Physicist who has worked as a consultant and on solar energy solutions in West Africa. In this episode he discusses how the problem solving skills he developed in these roles were also helpful when writing his book series.

    Femi is the newest Patron of Target Oxbridge, and will be meeting with the programme’s students at least once a year.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

__philip.& ,

Amazing.

This podcast was really helpful and insightful, I would certainly recommend!

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Learnt so much! Thank you

The podcast series was incredibly informative. Thanks for all the tips!

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