Year 8 activities

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 life

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.

Location: in school

Student aims and outcomes

  • Discover what life at university is like
  • Identify the support services that are available to students
  • Assess the finance options for university.

Gatsby benchmarks

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

Feedback

‘I found today really helpful and fun. The student ambassadors were really helpful and answered all of my questions. It has definitely changed my attitude towards learning because now I hope that one day I end up studying here.’ (Student Feedback)

Capacity

30-60 students.

Dates

Dates are flexible as run in school.

Book a session

Fill in our booking form.

Flyer 

Download the University life flyer (pdf).

University work

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.

Location: on campus

Capacity

30 students.

Dates

Wednesday 13 June 2019 (English at work).

Book a session

Fill in our booking form.

University day

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.

Location: on campus

Capacity

30 students.

Dates

Wednesday 17 July 2019.

Book a session

Fill in our booking form.

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: Thursday 6 June 2019
  • In school: dates are flexible.

Book a session

Fill in our booking form.

Design, build, reuse challenge

This workshop is designed to be delivered in school to students within Key Stage 3. Working in teams, students design, build and test various structures in a bid to win a construction contract. However, each team must work to make a profit, emphasising the importance in planning as all materials available to them will work against their revenue.

Blending engineering with business, this workshop appeals to students who enjoy problem solving and competition.

Location: in school

Dates

Dates are flexible.

Book a session

Fill in our booking form

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. 

Crime scene maths investigation

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.

Location: on campus

Capacity 

35 students.

Dates

Dates for 2019/20 are to be confirmed.

STEAM festival: seeing things differently

This one-off event is a showcase of different subject disciplines and their application within higher education and industry, with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Students will engage and interact with various demonstrations, observing subjects in a different light and learning more about their own potential career options and pathways in the process.

School groups can book for either a two hour morning or afternoon slot and bring up to 60 students across years 8 and 9.

Location: on campus

Learning objectives

  • To increase awareness of STEAM subjects and their application within industry.
  • To understand how STEAM subjects complement each other within higher education and industry.
  • To increase students understanding of career opportunities and enterprises.

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 4 - Linking curriculum learning to careers.
  • 5 - Encounters with employees and employers
  • 7 - Encounters with further and higher education.

Capacity 

We recommend up to 60 students per school to attend the festival.

Dates

Dates for 2019/20 are to be confirmed.

The Royal Institution of Maths Masterclasses

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 six masterclasses as part of an eight week programme. Further details with regards to nominating students for the 2019 masterclasses will be made available in October 2019.

Location: on campus

Capacity

All schools are invited to nominate four students as a priority to attend the series.

A further two nominations can be submitted as reserve and will be offered a place dependent on spaces available.

Dates

Dates for 2019/20 are to be confirmed.

Masterclass duration

The masterclasses are approximately 2.5 hours long each week. Arrival is encouraged from 9:30am for a 10am start. All masterclasses finish by 12:30.

Volunteer support

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.