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


This exciting new workshop involves introducing students to international relations as a subject at University whilst also focusing on how to tackle various crises from a countries perspective.

For example if a country was faced with famine, how would they prioritise their resources? Or if a country was tackling a rebellion, how would they negotiate to regain peace?

The two hour workshop is delivered by an International Relations PhD student from the University of Surrey and can be delivered in-school.

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January 2018, the University of Surrey is delivering a Spoken Word event that will reflect on the discrimination faced by those during the Holocaust before looking at discrimination and bullying in today’s society, how it has changed and what we can do to prevent it.

Pupils will primarily explore these issues through Spoken Word; exploring themes through creative writing and performance. Pupils will be given an introduction to a Spoken Word and then given the opportunity to write and perform group pieces around the theme of discrimination and bullying.

This event will help develop students’ team work and communication skills. They will also gain understanding in the Holocaust and discrimination; particularly how these topics can be communicated through creative arts.

This business workshop is the University’s answer to Dragon’s Den. Students will explore why some products are more successful than others, why some inventions take longer to catch on than others, and what attracts people to products.

Students will also learn the fundamentals behind writing and delivering a successful business pitch before using this knowledge to sell a product as a group.

There will be an opportunity to be taught by University staff, as well as meeting current students. This event will help develop students’ team work and presentation skills. They will also gain understanding in the subject of Business studies; particularly increasing their awareness of educational career pathways relating to business.

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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.

The learning objectives for this workshop are:

  • To understand the meaning of civil engineering.
  • Develop team work, communication and logistical thinking skills.
  • To identify similarities and differences between various strands of engineering.

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

This 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.

This two-hour workshop can be delivered in schools. 

Surrey County Council and the University of Surrey have once again joined together to bring you the Surrey Careers Fair. Our 2018 event will be held on Wednesday 7th November at Epsom Downs Racecourse!

The Surrey Careers Fair is a great chance for Year 9 students, and above, to find out about the wide range of options available to them once they leave school and even enables them to try their hand at some practical skills. We are inviting a wide range of exciting exhibitors including colleges, universities, training providers and employers all of whom will be offering fantastic interactive and engaging opportunities on the day.

School groups will be able to attend different timed sessions this year throughout the day, with flexibility on session length. Also we will be including a careers talk/presentation for groups that would like to attend.

The event is open to your whole year group. Full details of our 2018 event, including available session times and booking details, will be released later in the year.

If you are interested in attending, or have any queries in the meantime, please email

Within the feedback received last year one teacher said:  “The event was very well organised and gave the students many relevant opportunities to find out information about post 16 and post 18 courses and employment.”


This event introduces engineering concepts to female students through practical workshops that involve problem solving and team work. The day will also consist of a talk from a current female STEM academic/student based at the University of Surrey who will be able to share their own experiences of studying and working within STEM related subjects.

This is a one day event that is repeated 5 times across the week Monday 16 to Friday 20 April 2018. Timings are 10:00-14:45 with lunch included.

Both of these events are designed to run in parallel to each other. To book your place on either the Women in STEM and/or Men in Social Sciences events, please follow the link:

Are you interested in unpicking the human mind and learning how the brain works? Perhaps you enjoy learning how people interact with each other in society?

Students will participate in both Psychology and Sociology workshops, led by specialists in their field, as well as have an opportunity to meet current students. This day aims to give a broad introduction to studying a social science in higher education as well as provide an insight into the range of careers linked to these diverse and exciting areas of study.

This is a one day event that is repeated 5 times across the week Monday 16 to Friday 20 April 2018. Timings are 10:00-14:45 with lunch included. 

Both of these events are designed to run in parallel to each other. To book your place on either the Women in STEM and/or Men in Social Sciences events, please follow the link:

Discover what learning and living is like at university and explore the many opportunities, experiences, and support available to students throughout the duration of their degree. This session covers course options, forms of teaching and assessment, work experience, and clubs and societies, in addition to topics including accommodation, the cost of living, and support

services. At the end of this session, students will have developed their knowledge of learning and living at university whilst gaining an understanding of the benefits of involvement in extracurricular activities and of the various support services available.

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10-15 minute presentation entitled ‘Life at Uni’

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