Get in touch
If you have a specific idea, or you would like to find out what we can offer, please get in touch with the Faculty Widening Participation Support Officer:
Lucy Carswell: +44 (0) 1483 686134
You can also find out more about what we offer on the central University Schools and Colleges pages.
Activities range from talks in schools to activity days and tours on campus.
Staff and student robot-building competition - ScraphEEp Challenge
Earth Moon Earth - What better use for our lawn than to build a giant antenna and use it to bounce radio waves off the moon?
PhD students from Surrey shared their experience of science and research with pupils from Twickenham and Gloucestershire in "science speed-dating" events during National Science and Engineering Week.
Surrey-mentored team from Marple Hall School in Stockport reached the final of the 2013 Teen Tech competition with their foldable tablet concept.
In the community
On a trip to India, Dr Chakravarthini Saaj gave a talk about satellite technology. An excerpt can be found here.
PhD student Keyur Gandhi spoke about his undergraduate experience at the University of Surrey to A-level students from his hometown in India who want to follow a career in science. Keyur says:
"After finishing my second year of Electronic Engineering at Surrey, I went to India for a holiday before starting my placement year at Fujitsu. I went to visit the school in my home town and met my teachers and school principal. My science teacher asked me to share the university experience and talk to the pupils about coming to England for the first time, making friends with students coming from different parts of the world and my studying at the University of Surrey.
I talked about learning electronics skills in labs by making different circuits on breadboards and learning about different electrical circuits in lectures. I also talked about my job role at placement year in Fujitsu Semiconductors, where I will be designing electronics circuits for automobile applications such as car dashboards and entertainment systems.
The kids were extremely interested in my talk and asked questions about the differences in studying at university and in school, about doing homework with other classmates and about student life in university. I recommended that they all went to university, where they would have the best time of their lives.
I think my visit inspired the school students to study science. It is fun and many interesting things can be done in life when we understand how things around us work."
Science centres and festivals
Our department's staff and students are regulars at Intech's "After Dark" events.
In 2009, Surrey hosted the British Science Festival. Each year, a dozen PhD students form Surrey are awarded bursaries to attend Cheltenham Science Festival. Some have organized events on Microelectronics, Nanotechnology, Engineering and Photography.Radio and television
Radio and television
Recent media coverage was focused on the launch of the first smartphone-based nanosatellite.
Our staff and students like to let their hair down once in a while. Evening events like Bright Club and Science Showoff are the perfect place to talk about the more obscure aspects of life as a scientist.