Robin Chu is the Founder of CoachBright, which helps disadvantaged children win places at top universities through performance coaching. Currently, still too many pupils from low-income communities fail to fulfil their academic potential and make the leap from school to university. Robin and his brother being the first in his family to go on to university knows the unique benefits a university education can bring in terms of increased job prospects, opportunities and cultural capital. CoachBright matches a current pupil with a professionally trained university student or graduate coach. Through a self-directed, values driven, coaching approach they help pupils improve their grades, confidence and daily expectations so they can become independent and resilient learners. Their vision is that each pupil, regardless of background, can fulfil their potential and lead the lives they want. Robin is going to put the Shackleton Leadership Award towards funding three school-based programmes so CoachBright can successfully coach 60 school pupils helping refine and finesse the programme so they can impact on many more pupils in future years to come.
Award Date: July 2015