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

Activities

Capacity: 30-60 students

Location: In school

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.

For more information, see our flyer here.

Dates

Dates are flexible as run in school.

Book

Register for the event online.

University Connect is a sustained engagement programme for Year 9 students and their parents/carers which encourages participants to build stronger connections to university through offering the following:

  • Information about university delivered in school
  • Regular contact with a university student
  • Invitation to attend special lectures at the University of Surrey

How is University Connect structured?

The programme runs from January 2019 – April 2019 and is comprised of two main phases, which are outlined below.

 

Phase 1 (Jan 2019 – Mar 2019):

Students and their parents/carers attend three in-school sessions, aimed at developing their knowledge about university. Each of these sessions last for one hour and give participants the opportunity to explore a range of important topics relating to university such as benefits, the range of courses on offer and funding. At each in-school session, participants will have the opportunity to speak to a university student who has been assigned to them.

 

Phase 2 (Mar 2019 – Apr 2019):

Students and their parents/carers are invited to attend a series of lectures at the University of Surrey. The lectures will cover a range of fascinating subject areas, giving participants a unique insight into what it might be like to study a subject they are interested in at university. Before each lecture, participants will have the option to meet up with the university student they were in touch with during phase 1 for a tour of the campus and facilities.

 

What would be expected of my school?

To deliver University Connect, we ask that schools:

  • Register ten eligible Year 9 students and their parents/carers to the programme.
  • Book three dates between 7th Jan – 8th Mar for university staff and ambassadors to come into school to speak to students and parents/carers (ideally one day per month).
  • Encourage students and their families to get the most out of the programme by attending the in-school sessions, on-campus lectures and by keeping in touch with their university student online.

How can I register my school’s interest?

If you are interested in registering your school for this opportunity, please fill in our short booking form

 

*FULLY BOOKED*

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 20th March 2019.
  • Wednesday 8th May 2019.
  • Wednesday 17th July 2019.

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Capacity: 35 students

Location: On campus

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.

Dates

  • Thursday 28th February 2019. *FULLY BOOKED*
  • Monday 11th March 2019. *FULLY BOOKED*
  • Thursday 23rd May 2019. *FULLY BOOKED*

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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Capacity: 30 students

Location: Off campus / in school

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.

Dates

Dates are flexible.

Book

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Capacity: 40 students

Location: On campus / in school

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.

Dates

Dates are flexible.

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Capacity: 20 students

Location: On campus

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.

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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Capacity: 10 students

Location: On campus

The European Challenge is aimed at Year 9 and 10 students who are studying languages and who are also interested in international marketing and selling. Students will take part in a marketing and selling challenge which will enhance creative and language skills. They will be introduced to marketing techniques and have an opportunity to talk to international business people.

Dates

Thursday 25th April 2019.

Book

Register your interest by Friday 25th January here. Please note, registration of interest does not guarantee your place.

Please the flyer for more information. 

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January 2019, 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. 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. Students will learn about creative writing and English at university and the careers they can go into.

Dates

To enquire about further dates, please email wp@surrey.ac.uk

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Capacity: 20 students

Location: On campus

A cross faculty event, this day will give students the opportunity to attend both Sociology and Psychology workshops, exploring the similarities and differences between studying these subjects at university. Students will take part in interactive activities and work with PhD students and current students. This event will help develop students’ understanding of social sciences and in particular what it is like to study social sciences at university, as well as exploring the types of careers available. This event runs in parallel with the Women in STEM with joint bookings encouraged.

Dates

  • Friday 26th April 2019. *Limited Spaces Remaining*

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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Capacity: 20 students

Location: On campus

This event introduces engineering concepts to female students through practical workshops that involve problem solving and team work. Pitched for students in Years 9, 10 and 11, 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 in addition to industry representatives.

This is a one day event that is repeated 3 times across the week Monday 1 to Wednesday 3 April 2019. This event runs in parallel with the Men in Social Sciences with joint bookings encouraged.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.

Dates

  • Monday 1st April 2019. *FULLY BOOKED*
  • Wednesday 3rd April 2019. *FULLY BOOKED*
  • Friday 26th April 2019. *Limited Spaces Remaining*

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

Book

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Wednesday 15 May 2019

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 morning or afternoon slot and bring up to 60 students across Years 8 and 9.

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Bookings for this event are now closed.

 

The learning objectives for this event are:

  • 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 met through this event are:

     4 - Linking curriculum learning to careers.

     5 - Encounters with employees and employers

     7- Encounters with Further and Higher Education.

 

FAQs

How long is this event? The festival is designed to invite group to attend for up to 2 hours at a time. Further details with regards to timings will be released in due course.

How many students can I book onto the festival? We recommend up to 60 students per school to attend the festival. Dependent on demand for places, this may be revised once applications have been received. Confirmation of allocated places will be shared along with the booking confirmation.

When does this workshop run? This festival runs on set dates as outlined above.

Where does this workshop run? At the University of Surrey. Your school may be eligible for transport provision. Please state if you require transport as part of your booking enquiry/application.

How much does this workshop cost? The festival is FREE of charge

Capacity: 42 students

Location: On campus

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.

Dates

  • Wednesday 19th June 2019

Book

Register for the event online.