Here at DLD College students have access to a range of support outside the class timetable to gain support with their studies. This could range from our far reaching co-curricular programme to time spent with individual Directors of studies.
Director of UCAS: Daniel Woodley
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the main route by which students can apply to study in UK higher education.
DLD is proud to have an extremely high entry rate to universities each year, placing students at prestigious institutions in an incredibly wide range of disciplines. This is proof that students and academic endorsements from DLD are unanimously respected and are greeted with high expectations. Our Personal Tutor system ensures that applicants are known well by their referees, who are able to guide them in making appropriate choices of course and institution.
Personal Tutors and Subject Tutors offer advice on how students can enhance their academic and extra-curricular profiles; this is necessary in order to compose a unique and impressive Personal Statement.
Throughout the academic year we provide a series of presentations which guide students through the process of completing the online form, and prepare them for the possibility of academic interviews by admissions tutors. In addition, presentations are provided on broader themes to introduce students to the wider cultural and historical knowledge that will be expected of them at university.
Director of UCAS: Daniel Woodley
The Russell Group is a consortium of the UK’s most powerful research universities, among the most prestigious and respected in the world. A large proportion of DLD students secure places in the Russell Group (including the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge) each academic year. The Russell Group Programme offers presentations providing university-level scholarship by current staff and visitors to high-achieving students with aspirations to study particular academic disciplines. In addition, we provide a tailored schedule of practice sessions in the autumn term to prepare Russell Group applicants for the challenging admissions interviews which take place in December and the Spring term.
Faraday Scholars’ delivered excellent presentations on black leaders who have helped improve civil rights for black people. Well done to Joshua and Benita for researching and presenting on these lesser known historical figures.
1 Dec 2020: Servant Leadership
Faraday Scholars have recently been looking at how Servant Leadership is portrayed in the literature. To name a few organisations that implement Servant Leadership into their workplaces include; Starbucks, Southwest Airlines, Ritz-Carlton and Intel. This commentary is written by Year 12 student Benita which summarises some of the key differences between different leadership styles.
16 Oct 2020: Faraday Scholar Benita
Wellbeing & Leadership
The topic of leadership is much more complex than we make it out to be. It’s an amalgamation of social, economic and political factors which lead to complicated discussions which cannot reach definitive conclusions. It often boils down to a battle of semantics and sometimes even one of morals and ethics. All of which contribute to the discussion concerning the well-being of a team and whether it should be considered if the productivity of the team remains unhindered.
When the topic of leadership is stripped of all its contributing factors all that remains is the true definition: “the action of leading a group of people or an organization in order to accomplish a common goal”. It’s about fulfilling objectives in the best and most efficient way possible to ensure that all functions critical to accomplishment are adequately taken care of by whatever means necessary. Hence, success should be the ultimate goal for anyone in any leadership role and therefore no team member is owed the support of their leader as it pertains to mental well-being.
However, the aforementioned arguments completely disregard all the social factors that come into play in the role of a leader and the leader – team member relationship. It also shows a clear indifference to the fact that the team members are also human beings. A great leader is one who is able to fully understand their team in order to maximise productivity which obviously includes being aware of the well-being of the team. In fact, a study carried out by the Oxford University’s Saïd Business School in collaboration with BT showed a conclusive link between happiness and productivity and found a 13% increase in productivity when employees were happier.
9 Oct 2020: Faraday Scholar Joshua has written about Shared Mental Models.
The Shared Mental Model
While working in teams to complete a task, a basic understanding of the process to complete said task, as well as an understanding of the task itself is required – this much is common sense. However, while the individuals may understand how to perform, the team may not necessarily operate in conjunction with one another. This is due to a differing mental model.
The shared mental model is the shared understanding of a task that will be performed by team members, as well as the involved teamwork . Without a Shared Mental Model, teams will be incapable of completing tasks at peak efficiency.
The importance of the Shared Mental Model cannot be understated, and it is the responsibility of the team leader to envision and enforce it – setting the standard for the rest of the team to follow. Once a Shared Mental Model has successfully been obtained within a team, the team can perform as a single, like-minded entity; akin to that of a hive mind, and the task will be completed as best possible.
 Catholijn M.J onker & M. Birna Van Riemsdijk, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 6541
January 2021: Studying Medicine at SGU
Dr James Coey, Assistant Dean of Basic Sciences from St. George’s International School of Medicine (SGU) returned this year via Zoom to talk to students about studying medicine at SGU. Some key facts that Dr Coey shared with us about SGU include; being ranked 48th in the university league table, has 40+ years of teaching medicine, 145+ doctors in the UK qualified via SGU, 92% of students who applied for residency in the US obtained it within one year and over fifty countries around the world where SGU graduates have practiced.
The students were fascinated by opportunities they could have to impact and save lives once they had managed to establish themselves in their chosen field for several years after qualifying.
December 2020: MedSoc chat with Consultant Neurologist
MedSoc had the pleasure of meeting Dr D. Breen (Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Neurologist) who spoke about his own particular specialism in the medical profession.
Zahra and Natalia learnt a great deal about the variety of his work and the benefits of moving to different locations to gain vital skills which can be later used to design the job they want in the future. Additionally, he gave an insight into medical school interview questions as well as what to expect in the profession depending on whether students’ desire was to become a GP, work in ER or as a specialist consultant.
Once again, we would like to thank Dr D. Breen for giving up time during his busy schedule to speak to MedSoc.
December 2020: Studying Medicine at the University of Nicosia (UNIC)
Recently we welcomed back Admissions Tutor Valia from the University of Nicosia (UNIC) to talk about the benefits of studying Medicine MD at the largest university in Cyprus. UNIC have developed relationships with some of the best hospitals in the world for employment after graduation and provide support for the USMLE Step 1 exam and UK OSCE exams.
As an alternative to A Levels they have developed a progression pathway for Medicine MD at UNIC through our Biomedical Science Foundation Programme. Alice, who successfully completed her A Levels this year at DLD College London has just commenced her medical studies at UNIC.
MedSoc had the pleasure of meeting Chris Holloway who is the Marketing Manager at Brunel University via Teams. Chris spoke to our students about the new medical school set up at their Uxbridge Campus due to open in 2021 which has currently received over 500 applications for 60 places. Chris spoke about scholarships, interview preparation and how students are exposed to patients from the first half-term. Unlike some other universities, Brunel provides support for students looking to practise Medicine in Canada and US after obtaining their MBBS. Delightfully, Brunel is happy to accept applications for Medicine from international students at DLD who obtain at least 75% from our Biomedical Science Foundation Programme.
Pardeep Sagoo, Head of Science
November 2020: Medicine at the University of Buckingham
Dr Joanne Selway (Phase 1 Lead for Medicine) gave a presentation via Teams to MedSoc students about studying Medicine at the University of Buckingham (where one of our former students is due to commence her medical studies in January 2021).
Students learnt that Buckingham has an extremely diverse community of students like DLD with over 56 different nationalities. Joanne gave a great insight into the MMI process, Phase 1 and Phase 2 stages of study and the process involved in applying for foundation places after successful graduation.
Medical Successes at DLD College London
2020 Amirreza: Medicine MBBS at the University of Central Lancashire
2020 Fatima: Medicine MBBS at The University of Buckingham
2020 Alice: Medicine MD at The University of Nicosia
2018 Sahascheat: Medicine MBBS at Brighton & Sussex Medical School
2017 Michelle: Medicine MBBS at Newcastle University
2017 Mia: Medicine at the University of Sydney
2016 Joshua: Medicine MBBS at KCL
2016 Bonar: Medicine MBBS at KCL
2016 Suyi: Medicine at The University College Dublin
Feb 2020: Careers Day at the Royal College of Surgeons
MedSoc students attended the Royal College of Surgeons to find out what skills are necessary to become a surgeon. They listened to an inspiring talk from Saswata Banerjee a consultant surgeon at the NHS who spoke about the ups and downs of a being a surgeon. They heard from surgical trainees about how to cope with being a medical student at university and life as a trainee doctor working in the NHS. Furthermore, they discovered how to plan their careers towards particular surgical specialisms and to practise the suturing, laparoscopic skills using a simulator and surgical knot tying.
Dec 2019: Studying Medicine at University of Nicosia
This week we welcomed Valia Tsiakala from the University of Nicosia (UNIC) to talk about the benefits of studying Medicine at the largest university in Cyprus. UNIC have developed relationships with some of the best hospitals in the world for employment after graduation and the opportunity for students to develop surgical skills early in their studies with access to human cadavers.
DLD College have developed a special pathway for our Science Foundation Programme students to progress to Medicine with UNIC over the last 6 months and more recently one of Yr 13 A level students have already received an interview for 2020 entry.
We look forward to developing this relationship with UNIC in the future as a potential pathway for our students to progress to further study in this highly competitive field.
Dec 2019: Royal Institution Christmas Lecture Rehearsal: Herd Immunity & Pathological Transmission
“If you find science boring, you’re learning it from a wrong teacher.”
We truly understood what the statement meant at the Royal Institution. Complex mathematical and scientific ideas were shown with fun and engaging experiments. What intrigued me most was that the whole event seemed like an entertaining magic show, but we were subconsciously learning the basic ideas of various notions such as: Number Theory, 3D Transformations, Game Theory and Psychology, Pathological Transmission and Herd Immunity, Probabilities, Newtonian Dynamics, Algorithms and Chemical Explosions.
I thank the Science Faculty and Pardeep for giving us this amazing opportunity.
Amirreza, Faraday Scholar
Nov 2019: Preparing for medical interviews by Lancaster University
MedSoc welcomed Tom Malcolm from Lancaster University into DLD College to provide information on the different types of interviews deployed by universities in order to assess students for courses. The students enjoyed being able to practise the techniques such as talking about why they chose a certain course, transferable skills they possess, work experience they have completed and using the STAR technique as a method to respond to questions.
Sept 2019: Studying Medicine at Lancaster University
On Tuesday, Nicola Phillips from Lancaster University gave an excellent presentation on studying medicine in the UK; explaining the teaching styles, requirements for applying, interviews and life after university. She also stated that the GMC has given extra places for UK students studying medicine this year and that several universities took students from clearing. Our year 11 and year 12 students found it extremely informative and have been inspired to find out more information about this exciting career pathway.
June 2019: Guys Hospital & KCL Conference
MedSoc students attended a lecture/conference organised by King’s College London and Guy’s Hospital. Titled ‘New Treatment Options and New Technologies in Thoracic Oncology’ we looked into how the medical context is infinite and everchanging.
We learnt about the new techniques of surgery (including keyhole surgery) that have replaced the traditional open surgery. Surgery is a damage inflicted to a patient (certainly for a greater good) hence minimising this damage with new technologies results in a safer and easier procedure with a quicker recovery, excluding the fact that the costs will be lower.
Furthermore, we looked at how doctors sometimes prefer to wait and watch a patient, observing and monitoring their physiological and anatomical changes in order to diagnose a disease. This is particularly helpful when a clear diagnosis cannot be achieved.
Another interesting concept was seeing how technology has impacted surgery. Even though robotic assisted surgery is not endorsed by the NHS for their initial running cost, there was a 60% rise in the amount of surgeries done with the video assisted thorascopic method between 2005 and 2011.
Amirreza, Faraday Scholar
Year 12 ChemSoc students carried out the traditional neutralisation reaction between acid and carbonate with universal indicator but this time in a burette. Normally this reaction is done in a measuring cylinder leading to much chemical waste and sometimes difficulty in exposing the vast colours of universal indicator but the burette technique is much simpler and faster to conduct.
Many thanks to Ella, our Science Technician for developing the method.
Pardeep Sagoo – Head of Science
Benedicte (year 12 Chemistry student) has been using the app Notability in a creative way to learn and revise key concepts in chemistry. She has found the process of re-writing her notes a great way to engage herself more with the topic and explore questions that could be asked to build upon her understanding.
Pardeep Sagoo – Head of Science
By using an app on my iPad called Notability, it has enabled me to draw visual imagery so I can make my chemistry revision fun. It also helps because I can add very small fine details such as the Avogadro number on the mole (above) or experimental techniques such as water of crystallisation (below). I can now have all my personal revision notes in one place available, whenever and wherever.
By Benedicte (Year 12 Chemistry student)
Year 12 Chemistry students have been learning about how to synthesize salts such as copper sulfate. Some uses of copper sulfate include use as a fungicide and as the resistive element in liquid resistors. Well done to Sean who produced the excellent copper sulfate crystals below.
Recently ChemSoc students Nina and Taehee have learnt about the famous Belousov–Zhabotinsky oscillating reaction applying their knowledge of oxidation states, autocatalysis and mechanisms.
The chemical reaction, originally discovered in 1951 in Russia by Boris Belousov, was not known in the West until 1968 where it has been the subject of many advanced research projects.
Read their own research of this here: The Oscillating Reactions V2 (002).
Watch their recreation of this reaction here:
Year 12 ChemSoc member Nina M has produced the following timeline about Marie Maynard Daly’s life and achievements.
RSC Chemistry Olympiad 2020
15 chemists entered this renown annual challenge run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, to put their skills and knowledge to the test in an intense 2 hour examination. They were tested on physical, organic and inorganic disciplines with some of the content being at university level. With true resilience style three of them achieved Silver awards (Amirreza, Ievgen, Athena) and 2 of them achieved Bronze awards (Jun Yi and Nazanin).
The Chemistry Department are truly proud of this magnificent achievement as we continue to punch above our weight in delivering the gold standard of education for our learners and a record breaking achievement for DLD College London.