Published: 27 April 2020

Catastrophe on campus at Surrey

‘Catastrophe on Campus’ is an 11-week extra-curricular programme for Year 10 school pupils which takes place every year at the University of Surrey.

Commencing on 5 October 2019, students and parents attended a launch event where they would discover what the coming weeks had in store.

Following the narrative of a major event on campus, school pupils discovered how subjects such as bioscience, paramedic science, civil engineering, forensic science, criminology and business all play a part within the wider response, while learning more about courses available within higher education.

Pupils returned for part two in January 2020, which involved further self-reflection and group working. Replicating university style learning, pupils continued to attend fortnightly workshops designed to further inform them of the opportunities beyond GCSE study.

Unfortunately, the ‘Graduation’ event to mark the end of the programme and showcase the pupils’ research has been postponed due to current circumstances. The University's Widening Participation and Outreach team are hopeful of completing the programme later this year.

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