RARE  RISINGSTARS 2012 The UK’s Top 10 Black Students
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Francis Goodburn

University of Oxford
BA/MMathCompSci Mathematics and Computer Science
Music and academics
Francis Goodburn

Francis Goodburn is certainly blazing a trail and it�s not just good, it�s excellent.

From the age of 11, Francis organised music voluntarily in his parish church. He went on to receive several school prizes including Outstanding Overall Academic Achievement and Outstanding Contribution to School and Community which recognised his top performance out of over 1000 students.

Starting Oxford last year with a staggering 14 A* GCSEs and 6A*s and 2 A-grade A Levels under his belt, Francis assumed the much-coveted position of St John�s College Organ Scholar. Though it was the most highly-contested organ scholarship of the year�s audition round, Francis beat off the competition to become the sole director of one of the most impressive choirs in Oxford. Francis now leads the majority of music-making at St John�s College, including the 30-strong choir�s overseas tours.

�It is tough sometimes, but you�ve just got to get your head down and do it.�

Francis holds Associated Board Grade 8 Distinctions in Piano, Organ and Singing, a Grade 7 for the Bassoon, a Grade 6 Distinction in Music Theory and a Grade 4 in Oboe. When home from university, he uses his skills to act as a mentor for young organists in his community. He is also a Man Group Bursary recipient, entitling him to �1,000 per year of study � a benefit available to only 15 people across the university each year.

On top of all his compulsory academic commitments and the challenges of being responsible for so many musical activities within his college, Francis is also teaching himself Dutch and German. He is already fluent in French and Portuguese.

“If I’m enjoying what I’m doing, somehow it never feels as if I’m working.”

It may be difficult to believe that Francis is just coming to the end of his first year at university, but he has even managed to secure a summer internship with Barclays Investment Bank in summer 2012. We can expect three more bright years ahead.

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