Year 9

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 skills

Through the completion of their own mini research project during the session, students will explore a range of skills that are important for studying in higher education and many other different contexts. Students will research, plan and present their own piece of work, and will reflect upon the task to help develop their skills.

Location: in school

Student aims and outcomes

  • Identify a range of skills and the contexts within which they may be used
  • Understand the benefits of higher education
  • Develop their research, planning, presenting and evaluation skills.

Gatsby benchmarks

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

Capacity 

30-60 students.

Dates

Dates are flexible. 

Book a session

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Flyer 

Download the University skills 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).

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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.

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Engineering island

Stranded on a desert island, students must work together and find their inner civil engineer to survive. With only basic resources available, planning and construction are key to ensuring that the group can overcome the challenges that are presented to them.

By introducing engineering ideas and concepts, Year 9 students compete within teams to build a shelter, bridge and raft from various construction resources before exploring engineering as a study option at University.

A fantastic workshop for students who revel in applied and practical activities who are also keen problem solvers.

Location: on campus

Capacity

35 students.

Dates

Dates for 2019/20 are to be confirmed.

 

DNA discovery

How much DNA do we share with a banana? How genetically similar are we to chimpanzees? Discover the importance of DNA through a number of hands on activities that we can bring to the classroom. Have a go at building your own 3D DNA model and get the opportunity to extract the DNA from a living thing.

Students will learn about the structure of DNA, where it is found and what might cause it damage. Students will also compare how genetically related humans are to other living things and learn about why these statistics could be misleading.

This workshop also aims to introduce students to careers relating to DNA and biosciences in general.

Location: in school

Capacity

30 students.

Dates

Dates are flexible.

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Media law

This two hour workshop introduces students to university, and to studying law at university. Focusing on media law, an exciting and fast-changing area of law, the workshop looks at advertising, in particular advertising on social media. Looking at Instagram adverts and misleading advertising, students will work through case studies and then work together to have a short debate about advertising.

Location: on campus / in school

Capacity

40 students.

Dates

Dates are flexible.

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Musicality: music workshop

Join us for a dynamic and engaging taster day in music. This is the perfect event for those aspiring musicians who are considering studying music further as well as inspiring students about the types of opportunities available at university. This taster day will introduce students to the types of music facilities at University, offer them an insight into what a lecture is like and allow them to take part in some practical workshops and demos. Students will also be able to attend the University’s lunchtime recital and see some live music in action. 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 music and in particular what it is like to study music at University. They will have the opportunity to develop key skills in the practical workshop and lecture.

Location: on campus

Capacity

20 students.

Dates

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

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Refugee week - spoken word

The theme of Refugee Week 2019, ‘You, me and those who came before’, is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees - and those who have welcomed them - throughout the generations. Students will look at what life might be like for a refugee, as well as look at the theme of discrimination, learning how these topics can be communicated through creative arts. Students will learn about creative writing and English at university and the careers that they can go into.

Location: On campus

Capacity

42 students.

Dates

Wednesday 19 June 2019.

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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.