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Film stardom beckons for bright boy

A national casting company is looking for a very bright young boy for the lead role in a new film. No acting experience is required for the the part, which is for a boy aged 11-13. The film is a comedy drama about a young child during the Second World War. Des Hamilton Casting, which is leading the search, specialises in discovering new talent and has found stars for productions such as the BBC series Gunpowder the Netflix original film War Machine, starring Brad Pitt. Application in the first...

Could your bright spark be a Child Genius?

Do you know a child who is fascinated by fossils, besotted by barometers or curious about calligraphy? The search is on for remarkable youngsters to take part in the next series of Channel 4's hit series Child Genius. Some of the country's smartest eight to 12-year-olds will battle it out through tough rounds of spelling, mental arithmetic, memory and verbal reasoning in a bid to claim the title. Mensa's gifted child consultant, Lyn Kendall, is an expert psychologist on the show and oversees...

Autism and employability in the spotlight

Dr Anna Remington The employability of people with autism was in the spotlight at an exclusive Mensa event in London. Auticon, a recruitment consultancy which actively seeks to find opportunities for autistic people, hosted the packed event at The Foundry in London. The company has identified the unique value of highly intelligent people who think differently, and spotted that the same issues that can be seen as ‘problematic” when dealing with autism can also make for exceptional workers who...

Student seeks Mensans for happiness research

Post-graduate student Cathy Taylor is looking for Mensans to help with her research into the happiness of people with high IQ. Cathy would like to recruit six people to take part in short interviews about their perceptions of happiness and their feelings about certain topics. Interviews can be held either online, or in person in London. The research would be used for her MSc psychology degree with Manchester Metropolitan University. To volunteer or to find out more, contact Cathy via catherine...

Crossing borders for photography competition

Could you cross national borders to be crowned Mensa’s International Photographer of the Year? The theme for the 2017 PhotoCup competition is Borders, so there is plenty of scope for professional and amateur photographers alike to let their imagination run wild. Photography is an area where Mensans from more than 50 countries with different languages, customs and traditions can converge with a single, visual language. Use your creativity, skills, and technical expertise to produce your entry in...

Have you joined Brightspace yet?

More than 200 people have now joined the new members-only Facebook group, Brightspace - are you one of them? Brightspace is for current members of British Mensa and is a place where you can "meet" fellow Mensans, post news and information and share photos and reports from Mensa events. As it’s a secret group, you won’t be able to find it by searching for Brightspace and no-one who is not in the group will be able to see who is a member of it or any postings. So we can make sure only current...

Think you've taken a "Mensa" test?

Many websites and social media apps claim to be "Mensa" IQ tests but they have nothing to do with us. Taking these tests is good fun, and many have very good content, but the scores they generate can't be verified. There are currently NO online IQ tests that can qualify you as a Mensa member. The only way to qualify for membership is to achieve a qualifying score on a supervised, standardised test organised by Mensa, or through a recognised qualifying test administered by a psychologist. The "...

Join JAG and speak up for younger members!

The Junior Advisory Group is recruiting again! The Junior Advisory Group was set up to represent young Mensans, and give them a say in what the society has to offer – events, SIGs, forums and more. Since its genesis, the Junior Advisory Group has been responsible for running competitions, organising and publishing Teen SIG, and has written reports on relevant topics for the board of directors. Junior Advisory Group members must be aged 11-17 at the start of their term in January. They serve one...

Meet the Brain of Mensa!

He's won Mastermind, so how does winner David Clark think Brain of Mensa compares? BRIAN PAGE finds out Stunned, surprised, delighted . . . just a few of the emotions that went through David Clark’s mind when he realised he had triumphed in the 2016 Brain of Mensa competition. “It has always been an ambition of mine to win this title,” David said, “and so I am really thrilled. “I’m particularly pleased because the other people in the final are all well known as being very good quizzers, so it...

Japanese welcome for IBD

Mensa's International Board of Directors (IBD) has been discussing the future direction of the society and its annual meeting, which this year took place in Japan. Delegates from Mensa groups around the world headed to Kyoto, where they were entertained in style by Mensa Japan. British Mensa was represented by board members Ann Rootkin and Chris Leek - for a taste of the event, see some of Ann's pictures here

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