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Geoff Holt MBE inspires group of Mensans in Brighton

At the weekend (7 April) over 40 members gathered in Brighton for an event organised by the South East region. Held at The Seattle Hotel overlooking Brighton Marina speaker Geoff Holt MBE inspired the audience with tales from the sea. Geoff is the famous quadriplegic yachtsman who in 2007 sailed solo around Britain in a 15’ dinghy and later across The Atlantic in a catamaran. The talk was followed by a Cream Tea and a chance for Mensans to socialise and chat with Geoff. Image supplied by Anne...

Deep thinking in Oxford

The 1940s was the centre of debate at the recent Think at Oxford weekend. This annual event took place at Balliol College on the 6th & 7th April with over 70 delegates attending during the weekend. In depth discussion on the atom bomb, the United Nations and reforms of the time developed during the sessions with time also allocated to socialising with other guests.

Mensans welcomed at Biomedical Research Day

As part of our popular Science & Arts Days we held a Biomedical Research Day at the Wellcome Collection in London on 27 April. It was a sell out with over 80 members entertained by speakers Mark Henderson and Susanna Bidgood. Mark, a leading science journalist who is Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust, spoke on some of the recent advances in Biomedical Research. Susanna, a researcher for the Medical Research Council, led on her specialism intercellular immunity or why we still...

Meet 3 year old Mensan Alice...

Alice Amos joined Mensa at the age of three in January. She was offered membership after her parents submitted copy of a report from Professor Joan Freeman demonstrating that Alice had an IQ in the top two percent of the population; scoring 162 on the Stanford Binet test. Alice is currently studying at Rydeshill Preparatory School in Guildford, Surrey where she has works to an advance level in literacy and numeracy. When not learning she enjoys singing, dancing, painting, crafts and reading;...

Mother calls for more support for gifted children

Abi Adekunle, the mother of a young Mensa member has commented that she feels her local council are not doing enough for gifted children. Her son Shomi, aged 6, began being disruptive at school but after having his IQ tested and scoring in the top two percent it was determined that he was simply bored. Shomi has a reading age of 14 and his mother would like his education to reflect this. British Mensa’s Gifted Child Consultant Lyn Kendall said “Bright children require specialist provision as...

Are we failing the brightest school pupils?

The Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw today (13 June) announced that he believed that there was a failure by state schools to nurture their brightest pupils. Ofsted has suggested that schools place more of an emphasis on developing their brightest pupils. John Stevenage, Chief Executive of British Mensa said ‘at Mensa we would support any initiative that gives better assistance to bright children. Gifted children should be provided with the appropriate resources to learn and...

Congratulations to Ch4’s Child Genius winner

Last night (Tuesday 2 July) Shrinidhi Prakash became the winner of Channel 4’s Child Genius. She took part in four rounds of competition which included logic, mathematics, spelling and debating. Aged 11 Shrinidhi is a fan of Countdown and the World Under-12 Scrabble Champion. She currently lives in Orpington, Kent and enjoys writing novels in her spare time and attends an after-school creative writing group. She describes herself as ‘bookworm, Artemis Fowl fan, word fanatic, professional...

The National Association for Gifted Children Changes its Name

After 46 years, The National Association for Children, the child and family support charity, changed its name yesterday (4 February 2013) to Potential Plus UK. At its formal launch, held at Reed Smith in the City of London, Denise Yates, Chief Executive of the newly named organisation said: “ This new name change is a result of many hours of consultation with children and young people, parents, carers, professionals and our stakeholders about their perceptions of giftedness and their views...

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