Students across the UK will enjoy free access to Hay Festival’s rich digital archive as part of a new offer for 16-25-year-olds in education – Compass
– launched to coincide with the release of Hay Levels series 4.
By signing up to Compass at hayfestival.org/wales/compass, students will enjoy free Hay Player access, plus tickets to festival events and workshops, created and curated for them. Hay Player, available to the general public for a subscription fee of £10/year, offers festival writers and thinkers on film and audio, from Caitlin Moran and Stephen Fry, to Kazuo Ishiguro and Margaret Atwood.
Supporting the new project, the festival’s fourth series of Hay Levels
has launched. An inspiring, free series of educational videos, Hay Levels features festival experts from a range of disciplines offering bite-sized inspiration for A Level students.
Hay Levels is a joint collaboration between Hay Festival and Hereford Sixth Form College, in partnership with the Tata group, giving students open access to some of the most renowned experts in their fields.
Matched to current A Level subject curricula, the latest series includes contributions from mathematicians Marcus du Sautoy and Ursula Martin; lawyer Sarah Nouwen; biologist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore; professor of immunology Daniel Davis; broadcaster Gemma Cairney; Stemettes founder Anne-Marie Imafidon; astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell and space scientist Maggie Aderin Pocock; classicist Emily Wilson; historians David Olusoga and Janina Ramirez; sociologist Rehinde Andrews; economist Linda Yueh; V&A curator Claire Wilcox; geographer Emily Shuckburgh; writers Bidisha, Tishani Doshi and Fiona Sampson; and activist Helen Pankhurst.
Videos will be released fortnightly throughout the school year on the Hay Levels YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/c/haylevels) and shared across social media (#HayLevels), supplementing the growing bank of content already available online.
Hay Levels and Hay Compass are part of the wider Hay Festival Foundation’s education work, which includes free programming for schools, Beacons Project and Hay Academy.