Year 7

Our work aims to raise the aspirations and educational attainment amongst students from under-represented and disadvantaged groups. To participate in our activities, students should be in state schools/colleges and meet one or more of our targeting and eligibility criteria.

Targeting and eligibility criteria

University start

By being transported to the first day of university, students will get to explore a variety of aspects of student life. This introductory session will cover a broad range of topics, including differences between school and university, independent study skills, social skills and educational pathways.

Location: in school

Student aims and outcomes

  • Understand what university is
  • Identify what is required in making decisions
  • Design a resource which examines opportunities at a university.

Gatsby benchmarks

  • 3 - Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • 7 - Encounters with further and higher education.

Feedback

‘I really enjoyed the day. The students learnt a lot about University life. I thought the student ambassadors were really helpful and informative. They really engaged with our students.’ (Teacher feedback)

Capacity

30-60 students.

Dates

Dates are flexible. 

Book a session

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Flyer 

Download the University start flyer (pdf).

The physics of sci-fi

This fun and interactive workshop will invite students to explore the science behind some of their favourite sci-fi shows and movies, such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Thunderbirds and Star Trek.

Targeted for students in year 7 with a real enthusiasm for sci-fi, students will become familiar with key physics concepts such as forces and gravity whilst also exploring the solar system and our wider galaxy and universe.

This workshop is sure to leave students asking more questions than provide answers with the aim of inspiring further physics interest and intrigue.

Location: on campus 

Capacity

35 students.

Dates

Please contact us at wp@surrey.ac.uk if you are interested in this event and additional dates may be offered.

Learn the lingo

Students are invited to take part in a year 7 languages event which involves taster activities in various languages as well as the opportunity to develop Interpreting and Translating skills. Students will also learn the key differences between University and school, particularly focusing on types of careers a degree in Languages can lead to. There will be an opportunity to be taught by University staff as well as meeting current students. This event will help develop students’ understanding of Languages in the context of University whilst providing them the opportunity to practise key language skills, getting them excited about languages. 

Location: on campus

Capacity

35 students.

Dates

Tuesday 11 June 2019.

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Microorganisms, monsters and infection control

Although only small, microorganisms make up the largest group of living material on the planet! But are all microorganisms germs? How can we prevent the spread of microorganisms? And is there any science behind the myths of monsters? Students will answer these questions and more during an activity filled day exploring the biology of microorganisms.

Location: on campus

Capacity

35 students.

Dates

Dates for 2019/20 are to be confirmed. 

Know your mind

This event is an interactive introduction to the fascinating field of psychology. Students will work with academic staff and current university students to gain an insight into what is might be like to study psychology at university. Exploring the complexities of the human brain, students will understand how our brains work and what makes us behave and think the way we do.

Location: on campus 

Capacity

35 students.

Dates

Please contact us at wp@surrey.ac.uk if you are interested in this event and additional dates may be offered.

Visiting vets

Working with current university students, students attending this workshop will learn how to take the heart rate of a dog and use a stethoscope to compare their own heart rate to that of a dog. Students will investigate what they can do to increase their own heart rate and find out what might cause an animal’s pulse to increase. Students will also get the chance to bandage a dog’s paw using one of our life size animal models. This workshop will help develop students’ understanding of the careers available to them if they were to study veterinary medicine at university.

Location: off campus / in school 

Capacity

30 students.

Dates

Limited availability on Wednesday afternoons only.

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Compete for your seat

This taster day introduces students to politics as a subject which can be studied and enjoyed at University. During this interactive day students will create their own political party, outlining key values and beliefs in a manifesto which is then used to tackle a crisis. Students will look at laws, exploring how they are made and will attend a debating workshop. Students will also learn about politics at University and the careers they can go into.

Location: on campus / in school 

Capacity

35 students.

Dates

  • On campus: Monday 6 June 2019.
  • In school: dates are flexible.

Book a session

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How clean is your classroom?

Investigate what microorganisms might be lurking in your classroom and learn about what you can do to prevent infections spreading. Students will be able to swab an area of their classroom and then we will incubate the agar plates back at University to see what grows! A second follow up session in school is recommended to discuss what microorganisms have grown and to write up a scientific report of the investigation.

Location: in school

Dates

This workshop will be available after the May half term and delivered in school on a date that suits you.

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How to win at rock, paper, scissors

Using mathematical analysis, this workshop invites pupils to explore the possibility of increasing their chances of winning a game of rock, paper, scissors. By becoming introduced and further familiar with game theory and probability, pupils will learn how to identify patterns and mathematical techniques found within a game of rock, paper, scissors.

Location: in school 

Dates

Dates are flexible.

Book a session

Fill in our booking form.