Residential summer schools

Virtual and Residential Summer Schools 2021

Apply to our virtual or residential programmes to experience what it's like to study a subject you love at university degree level. Our Summer Schools are free and open to Year 12 students who attend a state school or college in the United Kingdom and meet our eligibility criteria.

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Applications are now open!

To apply to our Virtual or Residential Summer Schools complete the online application form by clicking the Apply Online Here button or copying the web link into your bowser. https://surrey.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/summerschools2021 

University of Surrey Summer Schools 2021

This year we are running a Virtual Summer School and Residential Summer Schools. 

Our Virtual Summer School is a 5-day programme which gives you the chance to experience university-level study through a timetable of interactive subject lectures and university information seminars. Within your subject specialism, you'll complete a group research project and presentation. You'll also have the opportunity to get involved in social and wellbeing activities, including sessions from our Students’ Union Clubs and Societies.

Our Residential Summer Schools are 3-day, 2-night on-campus programmes, giving you the opportunity to experience studying a subject that you love at university. You'll learn in an academic environment and work with students from other schools and colleges through a timetable of lectures, seminars, practical activities and a variety of fun social events each evening.  

During both the Virtual and Residential Summer Schools, you’ll get to meet our wonderful team of Student Ambassadors studying the courses you are aspiring to, as well as academics and industry professionals.

Scroll down for more information about each Summer School, including the application process, eligibility criteria and subject programmes.

    You are only able to apply to one Summer School programme (you must choose either a Virtual or Residential event). Look at the application and eligibility information below for your next steps. The deadline for applications is Sunday 18 April 2021.

    The Summer Schools are free to attend.

    Virtual Summer School

    You'll be provided with everything you need for the week-long programme. The University of Surrey is also able to provide technology and connectivity support for eligible students, to ensure you are able to fully access and engage with the programme.

    Residential Summer School

    You'll be provided with free accommodation, refreshments and meals for the duration of the Summer School. The University of Surrey is also able to cover the cost of travel to and from the Summer School.

    2021 Summer School Programme

    We'll be running the following programme of dates and subjects.

    Virtual Summer School

    26 July - 30 July
    • French
    • Spanish
    • English & Creative Writing
    • Business 
    • Law 
    • Biosciences
    • Veterinary Science
    • Health Sciences: Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedic Science
    • Psychology
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Maths
    • Chemistry

    Residential Summer School

    9 August - 11 August
    • Veterinary Science
    11 August - 13 August
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Maths
    • Chemistry

    Residential Summer School

    16 August - 18 August
    • Biosciences
    • Psychology
    18 August - 20 August
    • Law
    • Business
    • French
    • Spanish
    • English & Creative Writing

    Residential Summer Schools | 9 - 20 August

    Our Residential Summer Schools are 3-days and 2-nights.

    Each subject programme offers you the chance to experience studying a subject that you love at university. You will learn in an academic environment and work with students from other schools and colleges through an intensive timetable of academic, wellbeing and social activities.

    Each Summer School combines an exciting mix of theory and practical work, providing you with the opportunity to explore and develop your knowledge, skills and interests. You'll attend a variety of lectures, seminars and tutorials delivered by our academic staff, who are leading experts in their fields.

    Our current students are keen to support you throughout your stay and share their experiences of university life.

    The summer schools are also a fantastic opportunity to meet students with similar interests to you. In the evenings, you will be able to relax and unwind from your studies, get to know your new friends and enjoy a variety of activities both on campus and in Guildford, before turning in for the night in our residential halls on campus.

    Places on the Year 12 Residential Summer School will be allocated to Year 12 students from currently under-represented groups in Higher Education who attend a state school or college in the United Kingdom.

    To apply for the Summer Schools, students must meet at least one of the criteria below.

    • Students from Low Participation Neighbourhoods (defined as POLAR4 Quintiles 1 and 2 by OfS*)
    • Students from an area of high deprivation (Index of Multiple Deprivation, IMD, Quintiles 1 and 2**)
    • Students eligible for Free School Meals in last six years
    • Students who are eligible for a 16 – 19 bursary (or equivalent)
    • Care experienced young people and those in local authority care
    • Students classified as having a disability
    • Young carers (you care for a friend or relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition or addiction.)
    • Students who are forced migrants (Refugees and asylum seekers)
    • Estranged students studying without the support of their families families (no, limited or negative contact with either parent)
    • Students from Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Boater or Showperson communities
    • Students whose studies have suffered significant disruption due to illness or personal circumstance 

    * You can check your postcodes IMD score using this online look up tool. To be eligible your postcode needs a 1 - 4 in column F.

    **You can check whether you live a  Low Participation Neighbourhood by using our online postcode look up tool. To be eligible your postcode must be Quintile 1 or 2 against POLAR 4 (see table on map).

    Application Timeline

    • Applications Open: Monday 1 March 2021
    • Applications Close: Sunday 18 April 2021
    • We'll let you know by Friday 28 May 2021 if your application has been successful.

    If your application to the Residential Summer School is unsuccessful, or if Government Covid-19 restrictions mean we are no longer able to run a Residential Summer School, we will try to find a space for you on the Virtual Summer School from the 26 - 30 July. 

    We may be able to provide technology and connectivity support to you if you need it to access the Virtual Summer School.

    Ready to apply? Follow the link below to the online application form.

    Virtual Summer School | 26 - 30 July

     

      The Virtual Summer School is a 5-day online programme.

      Your timetable will include interactive subject-specific lectures and seminars, university information, such as personal statements, finance, interviewing and choosing a university and course, and sessions to support the development of your study skills to prepare you for the transition to university.

      You'll also get to meet our wonderful team of student ambassadors studying the courses you are aspiring to, as well as academics and industry professionals.

      In addition, you'll work in groups to complete a research project in your specialised subjects, which you will present virtually to your peers, university academics and staff. We'll also be offering a variety of evening entertainment including quizzes, clubs and society tasters and well-being activities.

      The week will be a mixture of screen work, independent study and reading, and you will not be expected to sit in front of a computer screen for the entirety of the week.

      Places on the Year 12 Virtual Summer School will be allocated to Year 12 students from currently under-represented groups in Higher Education who attend a state school or college in the United Kingdom.

      To apply for the Summer Schools, students must meet at least one of the criteria below:

      • Students from Low Participation Neighbourhoods (defined as POLAR4 Quintiles 1 and 2 by OfS*)
      • Students from an area of high deprivation (Index of Multiple Deprivation, IMD, Quintiles 1 and 2**)
      • Students eligible for Free School Meals in last six years
      • Students who are eligible for a 16 – 19 bursary (or equivalent)
      • Care experienced young people and those in local authority care
      • Students classified as having a disability
      • Young carers (you care for a friend or relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition or addiction.)
      • Students who are forced migrants (Refugees and asylum seekers)
      • Estranged students studying without the support of their families families (no, limited or negative contact with either parent)
      • Students who have a parent/carer who has served in the armed forces or reserves
      • Students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups
      • Students from Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Boater or Showperson communities
      • Students whose studies have suffered significant disruption due to illness or personal circumstance 

      * You can check your postcodes IMD score using this online look up tool. To be eligible your postcode needs a 1 - 4 in column F.

      **You can check whether you live a  Low Participation Neighbourhood by using our online postcode look up tool. To be eligible your postcode must be Quintile 1 or 2 against POLAR 4 (see table on map).

      Application Timeline

      • Applications Open: Monday 1 March 2021
      • Applications Close: Sunday 18 April 2021
      • We'll let you know by Friday 28 May 2021 if your application has been successful.

      Summer School Research

      This year, our Virtual Summer School is part of TASO's Summer School research project to test whether participation in a university summer school helps students to aspire and progress to university.

      Before you decide whether you want to be included in this research, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what taking part means. Watch the video below and read the Participant Information Sheet in the application form to find out more.

      You should only take part if you want to and choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you in anyway - your application will still be considered. If you would like more information about the TASO research project you can contact them here: eliza.kozman@kcl.ac.uk

       

      Ready to apply? Follow the link below to the online application form.

      TASO Summer School Research

      This year our Virtual Summer School is part of TASO's Summer School research project to test whether participation in a university summer school helps students to aspire and progress to university. This video explains a bit more about the project and your involvement. 

      "I wanted to attend this summer school so I could have a better overview of the course, and it has definitely informed and engaged me."

      Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student 2019