Year 8

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

Activities

Capacity: 25-100 students

Location: In school

Students will discover what learning and living is like at university and explore the many opportunities, experiences, and support accessible throughout the duration of a degree. Throughout the day, students will get to look at studying at university, accommodation, finance, support services alongside all the many other elements that make up life at university.

Dates

  • Dates are flexible as run in school.

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Capacity: 30 students

Location: On campus 

The week aims to provide students with an introduction to Higher Education by bringing them on to the University Campus, and engaging them in a variety of activities and subject related sessions aimed to expand their knowledge of subjects inside and outside the current curriculum. By encouraging cross-school working, students have the opportunity to develop their team-working and communication skills, as well as increase their levels of confidence. The week culminates in a mini graduation ceremony, celebrating the students’ achievements throughout the week.

Dates

Monday 28th January - Friday 1st February 2019. 

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Capacity: 30 students

Location: On campus

This day will allow students to engage with a range of employers, to learn about the value of how subject specific skills are applied in particular areas of work. These employer talks will be attended by groups of Year 8 to Year 10 students, and our initial focus will be on Maths, Science, English and Business skills.

Dates

  • Wednesday 14th March 2019 (Science and Maths at Work).
  • Wednesday 13th June 2019 (English at Work).

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Capacity: 30 students

Location: On campus

By visiting our campus and meeting some of our current Student Ambassadors, students will have the opportunity to learn about and experience some key aspects of university life. An introductory session will broaden students’ understanding of Higher Education, whilst more focused sessions will explore topics such as academic skills and student finance in more depth. This day is a great chance for students to see a university campus and learn more about what life is like at university.

Dates

  • Wednesday 21st November 2018.
  • Wednesday 16th January 2019.
  • Wednesday 20th March 2019.
  • Wednesday 8th May 2019.
  • Wednesday 17th July 2019.

Book

Register for the event online.

Key Dates

  • Application Deadline: Monday 15th October 2018.
  • Registration Confirmation by: Friday 16th November 2018.
  • Project Submission: Friday 24th May 2019.
  • Finals: Monday 24th June 2019.

The Open Schools Coding Competition (OSCC) is entering its 3rd Year as a schools based project centred on developing and inspiring confidence within Computing amongst KS3 students.

Students are invited to work in teams of 4 to produce a software project for a registered charity of their choice using any free visual programme environment. The first stage of the competition is locally managed within the school. The second stage then requires participating schools to nominate at least 1 team to enter the Finals event as hosted at the University of Surrey on Monday 24 June 2019 to showcase their projects against entries from other schools. Representatives from Red Hat will judge the nominated entries before awarding prizes to the top 3 projects.

The OSCC was originally devised by Lord Wandsworth College and has since grown with the support of both Red Hat and the University of Surrey in providing outreach to schools as a curricular or extra-curricular project. The project can be completed by students in Years 7, 8 and/or 9 only.

Read about the 2018 competition here.

The OSCC fits in line with the following Gatsby Benchmarks:

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers.
  • Encounters with employees and employers.
  • Encounters with Further and Higher Education. 

The objectives of the OSCC are:

  • To be able to inspire KS3 students into computing and coding through design and app production.
  • To be able to develop team work and research skills.
  • To be able to develop and increase confidence in presentation skills to a range of different audiences.

All participating schools will receive resource packs and lesson presentations to assist with the delivery of the project.

Note: The application deadline is Monday 15 October 2018. Application submission after this date is not guaranteed to be received.

FAQs

How long is the project? The workshop is designed to be flexible and to fit within a curricular or extra-curricular programme. Therefore, the time spent on the project is to be locally managed once the resource packs have been shared by Friday 16 November 2018 until the submission deadline on Friday 24 May 2019.

How many students can I book onto the OSCC? As many students as you feel are able to benefit from the project. Whether a school wishes to work with a whole year group or with a selection of students then that is to be the decision of the lead teacher. However, it is advised to ensure that delivery of the project is manageable within the school.

Where does the OSCC run? Initially within school before the Finals event takes place at the University of Surrey on Monday 24 June 2019.

How much does the OSCC cost? The competition is FREE of charge to all schools.

How do I sign up? Please submit your application to participate in the OSCC here.

Capacity: 35 students

Location: On campus

This workshop presents the scenario where students become Private Investigators to solve a crime on campus.

Applying mathematical techniques, students work together to solve problems and clues to identify the guilty suspect.

This workshop has been designed and structured to support Year 8 students least confident within mathematics and covers the following topics:

  • Area and perimeter 
  • Coordinates
  • Distance and Pythagoras
  • Time and speed
  • Shape
  • Codes and ciphers

A fun and creative workshop for anyone who enjoys solving puzzles.

Dates

  • Tuesday 16th October 2018.
  • Tuesday 13th November 2018.
  • Tuesday 22nd January 2019.
  • Tuesday 5th March 2019.
  • Thursday 2nd May 2019.

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Capacity: 35 students

Location: On campus/in school

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.

Dates

  • Friday 9th November 2018.
  • Wednesday 13th February 2019. 
  • Tuesday 21st May 2019.

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Capacity: 35 students

Location: Three days on campus

Focusing on the multidisciplinary nature and overlaps between human and animal health, this exciting 3 day sustained engagement programme will introduce your students to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and One Health vision of the University.

Each day will see students focusing on one particular area: Biosciences, Health Sciences and Veterinary Sciences. Across the three days students will develop knowledge of the different careers and opportunities that link in to the One Health concept whilst developing their subject knowledge in these areas.

Dates

TBC

Register your interest

Email: wp@surrey.ac.uk.

The Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses are hosted annually at the University of Surrey for Year 8 students across Surrey. Schools are invited to nominate up to 6 students who are considered to be gifted and talented mathematicians within their year group.

This is a popular extra-curricular provision to which students are expected to attend at least 6 masterclasses as part of an 8 week programme. Further details with regards to nominating students for the 2018 masterclasses will be made available by Monday 29 October 2018.

FAQs

How long are the masterclasses? The masterclasses are approximately 2.5 hours long each week. Arrival is encouraged from 09:30 for a 10:00 start. All masterclasses finish by 12:30.

How many students can I book to attend the masterclasses? All schools are invited to nominate 4 students as a priority to attend the series. A further 2 nominations can be submitted as reserve and will be offered a place dependent on spaces available.

What if a student cannot attend on a particular date? All students are required to attend 6 masterclasses to receive their certificate of attendance and will not be penalised for missing a week due to holiday, illness or other commitments as long as they have attended the minimum number of weeks. In cases of severe weather, exceptions may be considered, details of which will be shared in advance.Where does the lecture take place? At the University of Surrey. Details of room location will be shared with all parents and guardians prior to the first week.

Do students need to be accompanied by a teacher? It is encouraged that schools offer volunteers to support on the occasional week of the programme. The support of volunteers ensures that the programme can be delivered each year and is very much valued in recognition of the students’ commitment. Further details with regards to teacher volunteers will be shared by the Royal Institution.

How much do the Maths Masterclasses cost to attend? The lecture is FREE of charge to all attendees on behalf of the Royal Institution and the University of Surrey’s Widening Participation & Outreach department.

 

Contact us

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