Events and Activities

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Realising Opportunities (RO) universities offer a wide range of events and activities that you can attend as part of the RO Programme.

Attending events and activities gives you the opportunity to visit the RO universities, meet staff and students and get a realistic experience of higher education. The events vary from subject specific sessions such as masterclasses and subject taster days to skills based sessions and more generic events such as Open Days. There is also the opportunity to take part in residential events where you will have the opportunity to stay over at a university for a period of 2-5 days. This will give you with a real taste of life as a university student and allow you to lean more about the subjects offered at university. We recommend that you attend at least one event in addition to the Local Launch event and National Student Conference, but you can go to as many as you wish. With prior arrangement with the university hosting the event, travel costs may be reimbursed. To find out more about the events and activities at each of the RO universities click on the relevant tab below. To book a place at any of the events please follow the instructions included.


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These pages provide information on the events and activities on offer at each Realising Opportunities partner university. Click on the name of the university you are interested in to view more details. Contact details and information on how to book a place on the events are included in these pages, but if you have any general queries about events and activities then get in touch with the Realising Opportunities Central Team.

 

Masterclasses
Date: Various dates
Times: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: University of Birmingham
Information: The masterclasses are two-hour subject sessions covering a broad range of areas.
How to book a place: For more information on the masterclasses and booking a place, please refer to: www.birmingham.ac.uk/masterclasses
Further information: If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Lucy Hall at l.hall@bham.ac.uk or 0121 414 8729

Please check back as more events will be added soon!

Experience a day in the life of a University of Exeter Student
Date: Tuesday 21st March 2017
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Location: University of Exeter
Information: We have a fantastic opportunity for you to experience a ‘Day in the life of a university student’ as part of the University’s Shadow a Student Scheme.
You will spend the day (10:00 – 15:00) accompanied by current undergraduate students and have the unique opportunity to sit on Economics, Business and Accounting lectures, tutorials and seminars. Allowing you to find out, first-hand, more about studying a Business related degree from current students who have recently been through the process themselves.
The visit on the 21st March is for Business related degrees only, however we currently also offer the following subjects at both Exeter and Penryn campus: English, History, French, Business and Management, Economics, Accounting and Finance, Medicine, Medical Sciences, Anthropology, Sociology, Criminology, Geography and Psychology.
How to book a place: To book onto the Business day or if you are interested in the other subjects on offer please contact realisingopportunties@exeter.ac.uk.
Please note that this is a limited opportunity and we will not be able to guarantee you a place.

Explore Day
Date: Friday 28th April 2017
Time: 10:00-14.30
Location: University of Exeter
Information: This day will host taster sessions from a wide variety of academic subjects. You can choose to attend different academic taster sessions on the day – it’s a great opportunity to explore other subject areas that you might be interested in. You will also have the opportunity to engage with current undergraduate students and attend sessions on student life and the UCAS application processes amongst others.
How to book your place: Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this event by emailing realisingopportunties@exeter.ac.uk

Why Economics and Business Matters! – Year 12 Economics and Business Conference
Date: Wednesday 5th July 2017
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Location: University of Exeter
We would like to welcome you to the University of Exeter Business School for our annual Year 12 Economics and Business Conference taking place on Wednesday 5th July 2017.
Information: The conference is FREE to attend (lunch will be provided) and is open to all year 12 students interested in studying Economics or Business (or related topics). No prior subject knowledge is required just an enthusiasm for business! The conference provides a fantastic opportunity to get a taster of what studying business at university might be like and a great experience you can mention on your personal statement!
More information can be found on our outreach pages
How to book a place: please email realisingopportunties@exeter.ac.uk if you are interested in a place.

University of Exeter Year 12 Residential
Dates: 10th – 14th July Penryn campus based event
25th – 28th July Streatham campus based event
Times: Residential
Information: In 2017 the University of Exeter will be hosting two Year 12 Summer Residentials, featuring a number of different academic programmes, across two different campuses. More details can be found on our website www.exeter.ac.uk/residentials.  
How to book a place: Please email realisingopportunities@exeter.ac.uk if you are interested in applying.

It may be possible to have reasonable travelling expenses reimbursed to attend an RO event/activity. You should check in advance with the university delivering the event to see if this is possible by contacting Jenny Rusk at realisingopportunties@exeter.ac.uk and to find out what you need to do.

Realising Opportunities Careers Evening
Date: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Time: 17:00-18:30
Information: Our careers experts will take you through the process of choosing and applying to university at our careers evening. You’ll also get an ‘insider’s guide’ to university and career paths from a panel of Goldsmiths graduates. This event is open to years 12 and 13.
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

History of Art, Visual Cultures and Fine Art workshop
Date: Wednesday 8 February
Time: 17:00-18:30
Information: A workshop exploring the different ways we construct and display images of ourselves
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

Media and Creative Technology workshop
Date: Tuesday 7 February
Time: 17:00-18:30
Information: A workshop about creative technology for festivals, museums and public spaces
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

Media and Creative Technology workshop
Date: Tuesday 7 March
Time: 17:00-18:30
Information: The ABC of social media marketing
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

Explore the mind workshop
Date: Tuesday 7 March
Time: 17:00-18:30
Information: The Psychology of Dance: exploring group behaviour using dance exercises
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

Explore the mind workshop: How to make friends, and the influence of group membership on the friendship experience
Date: Tuesday 13 June 2016
Time: 17:00-18:30 12 and 13
Information: How to make friends, and the influence of group membership on the friendship experience
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

Theatre and Performance workshop
Date: Thursday 9 February
Time: 17:00-18:30
Information: A workshop exploring solo performance
Further information: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

Discovering Politics: Should we be equal?
Date: Tuesday 13 June
Time: 17:00-18:30
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

Exploring Economics
Date: Tuesday 7 February
Time: 17:00-18:30
Information: Why are some countries richer than others? Questions and answers from economics and other social sciences
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

Anthropology workshop
Date: Wednesday 26 April
Time: 17:00-18:30 12 and 13
Information: An anthropology workshop exploring: ‘What makes us human?’
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

A-Level Psychology Conference
Date: TBC (Spring Term)
Time: 09:00-17:00
Information: An A-Level Psychology Conference for Year 12s.
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

A-Level Sociology Conference
Date: TBC (Spring Term)
Time: 09:00-17:00
Information: An A-Level Sociology Conference for Year 12s.
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

BA Fine Art Degree Show Tour
Date: TBC (Summer Term)
Time: 09:00-17:00
Information: Discover what our creative final year Fine Art students have sculpted, drawn, photographed, stitched, casted…. Guided tours throughout the day
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

BA Design Degree Show Tour
Date: End of June
Time: 09:00-17:00
Information: Discover what our creative final year Design students have researched, develops and designed in their final year of study…. Guided tours throughout the day
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk

Realising Opportunities Research and Culture Summer School
Date: 4th – 6th July
Time: 09:00-17:00
Information: Suitable for year 12s, the Summer School is a fantastic way to meet fellow students, experience university life and discover the captial city, London. The summer school will focus on three different areas: Research. Culture. Future. Residential and Non-residential places available. Some residential travel bursaries are available
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk
Further information: Some residential travel bursaries are available

Res17 at Goldsmiths University- Year 12
Date: 4th – 6th July
Time: All Day (Residential)
Information: Goldsmiths offers a fantastic range of Summer Schools, investigate your subject in greater depth while experiencing higher education combined with the excitement of studying within London. Please note we offer day and residential places to students, running 9AM – 5PM. Our Residential Summer Schools are in, Anthropology, Creative Computing, Visual Cultures and Exploring Culture. Some residential travel bursaries are available.
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk
Further information: Some residential travel bursaries are available

Creative Summer Tasters- Year 12
Date: 10th – 14th July
Time: All Day
Information: Suitable for year 12s, our Creative Summer Tasters are a fantastic opportunity for you to strengthen your creative skills within Fine Art, Media, Music and Theatre or Performance. Our Creative Summer Tasters are non-residential 9-5. Applications open the beginning of February.
How to book a place: Please contact Jonathan Bridges on: j.bridges@gold.ac.uk
Further information: Some residential travel bursaries are available

It may be possible to have reasonable travelling expenses reimbursed to attend an RO event/activity. You should check in advance with the university delivering the event to see if this is possible by contacting Jonathan at j.bridges@gold.ac.uk and to find out what you need to do.

Please check back as more events will be added soon!

Leeds Festival of Science
Date: 4th March – 31st March 2017
Time: N/A
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: Coinciding with British Science Week, the University provides an exciting programme of STEM activities for Year 3 through to Year 13 involving sciences, maths, geology, environmental science and engineering. Delivered both on campus and through ‘roadshow’ sessions in schools. There is also a public programme.
How to book your place: Please see http://www.stem.leeds.ac.uk/events/lfos/ for further information.

Physics Taster Day
Date: 30th March 2017
Time: 10am- 2.30pm
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: Have you ever wondered what studying physics at university is like? Join us as an undergraduate student for the day! Please note, this event is for Year 12s.
How to book your place: Please see https://www.physics.leeds.ac.uk/home/schools-outreach/physics-taster-day.html for further information and an application pack.

Widening Access to Medical School (WAMS) Communication Workshop
Date: 25th April 2017
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: Worsley Building, University of Leeds
Information: Please see www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk for a full description of the event.
How to book your place: Please see the events listing on at www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk.

Widening Access to Medical School (WAMS) Situational Judgement Workshop
Date: 4th May 2017
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: Worsley Building, University of Leeds
Information: Please see www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk for a full description of the event.
How to book your place: Please see the events listing on at www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk.

Widening Access to Medical School (WAMS) Ethics Workshop
Date: 5th June 2017
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: Worsley Building, University of Leeds
Information: Please see www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk for a full description of the event.
How to book your place: Please see the events listing on at www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk.

University of Leeds Open Day
Date: 17th June 2017
Time: 9am-4.30pm
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: An opportunity to visit the University of Leeds campus, to chat to academics and current students and see what’s on offer.
How to book your place: To book a place please visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130110/undergraduate_open_days

Year 12 Conference – A Taste of Social Science
Date: Tuesday 20th June 2017
Time: 9.30am-2.30pm
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: This conference will showcase the social sciences, illustrating the breadth of choice available in higher education, and give students a taste of what it’s like to study at university. The programme includes a careers talk, interactive seminars and group-work, and an informal Q&A session with current undergraduate students. As the event showcases so many different disciplines it will be of interest to students from a wide variety of subjects, including Business, Geography, Law, Politics, Sociology, History, and Philosophy.
How to book your place: Please contact the Social Science Outreach team to register interest and request a booking form– socialscience@leeds.ac.uk

Widening Access to Medical School (WAMS) Personal Statement Workshop
Date: 21st June 2017
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: Worsley Building, University of Leeds
Information: Please see www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk for a full description of the event.
How to book your place: Please see the events listing on at www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk.

University of Leeds Open Day
Date: 22nd June 2017
Time: 9am-4.30pm
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: An opportunity to visit the University of Leeds campus, to chat to academics and current students and see what’s on offer.
How to book your place: To book a place please visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130110/undergraduate_open_days

University of Leeds Open Day
Date: 23rd June 2017
Time: 9am-4.30pm
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: An opportunity to visit the University of Leeds campus, to chat to academics and current students and see what’s on offer.
How to book your place: To book a place please visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130110/undergraduate_open_days

Engineering Options
Date: 27th June – 30th June 2016
Time: TBC
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: A three night residential event for students interested in Engineering at university. Learn more about the subject, meet academics and stay in University of Leeds accommodation. Please note: this event is for Year 12s.
How to book your place: Please see http://www.etrust.org.uk/engineering-options-university-leeds for further information.

Biological Sciences Summer School
Date: 27th June – 28th June 2017
Times: 10am on 27th – 4.45pm on 28th
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: Students spend 2 days on campus for an in-depth University experience in Biological Science, including a full lab project, lectures, tips on UCAS statements, staying in our halls and seeing some of the city for social activities. Please note: this event is for Year 12s.
How to book your place: For further information and guidance on applying please see www.stem.leeds.ac.uk./biosummerschool. For further queries. Any queries should be directed to Rose Bavage at biologyschool@leeds.ac.uk.

Food Sciences Summer School
Date: 27th June – 29th June 2017
Time: TBC
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: A two night residential event for students interested in Food Sciences at university. Learn more about the subject, meet academics and stay in University of Leeds accommodation
How to book your place: For further information please see http://www.food.leeds.ac.uk/home/schools-outreach/summer-school.html.

Linguistars
Date: 28th and 29th June 2017
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm both days
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: 2-day residential for AS languages students, providing students with an experience of being a languages student at university, trying out new languages and related degree options and staying overnight on campus (depending on home address).
How to book your place: For a full brochure and application pack please contact rops@leeds.ac.uk. The deadline for applying is Monday 3rd April 2017.

University Mathematics in Perspective
Date: 28th June – 30th June 2017
Time: TBC
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: A two night residential event for students interested in Mathematics at university. Learn more about the subject, meet academics and stay in University of Leeds accommodation. Please note: this event is for year 12s.
How to book your place: Please see http://www.stem.leeds.ac.uk/events/summer-schools/summer-school-maths/ for further information.

Environmental Studies Academy
Date: 6th July 2017
Time: TBC
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: Hosted by the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds, the Environmental Studies Academy offers you a unique way of learning through inspiring science sessions. You’ll benefit from the environmental expertise and hi-tech facilities at the University, and learn about the natural environment by gaining hands-on experience of lab work where you will analyse and investigate a wide range of interesting soil and river samples collected from the Yorkshire region. Please note: this event is for year 12s. See http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/admissions-and-study/environmental-studies-academy/ for further information.
How to book your place: Contact envstudiesacademy@leeds.ac.uk for further information.

UKESF Electronics at Leeds
Date: 10th July – 14th July 2017
Time: TBC
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: A four night residential event for students interested in Electronic based subjects at university. Learn more about the courses on offer, meet academics and stay in University of Leeds accommodation. Please note: this event is for year 12s.
How to book your place: For further information please see http://www.etrust.org.uk/ukesf-electronics-leeds.

Physics Work Experience Week
Date: 17th July – 21st July 2017
Time: TBC
Location: University of Leeds campus
Information: We will be offering work experience placements for Year 12 students studying both Physics and Maths at A-levels during the week of 17 July 2017. Throughout the week, you will experience what it’s like to work in the School of Physics and Astronomy, meeting academics and students, learning about current research carried out within the School. At the end, you’ll present your research to your peers, external guests, staff and students at a seminar-style event. You’ll gain skills in research, problem solving and collaborative group work – all while working in an academic setting. Please note: this event is for year 12s.
How to book your place: Please see http://www.physics.leeds.ac.uk/home/schools-outreach/work-experience.html for further information

It may be possible to have reasonable travelling expenses reimbursed to attend an RO event/activity. You should check in advance with the university delivering the event to see if this is possible by contacting Ashleigh Hope at rops@leeds.ac.uk and to find out what you need to do.

Leeds School of Medicine Summer School
Date: 24th – 28th July 2017 (non-residential)
Time: 9.30 – 3.30pm each day
Location: Worsley Building, University of Leeds
Information: Please see www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk for a full description of the event.
How to book your place: Please see the events listing on at www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk.

General Open Days 2017
Dates: Friday 7 July 2017
Friday 15 September 2017
Saturday 16 September 2017
Saturday 21 October 2017
Times: All Day
Location: University of Leicester Campus
Information: Our Open Days give you the perfect opportunity to meet some of our current students and teaching staff and hear about living and studying at Leicester.
On an Undergraduate Open Day you will have the opportunity to explore our campus and accommodation, and find out about course information, finance, careers and our student support services. You can also speak to our current students and staff about their own experiences of life in Leicester. A full programme for each Open Day will be available before the event.
How to book: To attend an Open Day you will need to book a place using our online booking form. To book online please visit: www.le.ac.uk/opendays.
Queries about travel: Contact the Leicester RO team at rop@le.ac.uk in advance of the event.

Library Induction & Academic Assignment Skills Day
Date: March 2017, exact date TBC
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: University of Leicester Campus
Information: This day is for current cohort 8 Leicester hosted RO students only.
There will be access and guidance on using our library facilities along with workshops and activities to help you progress your academic element part of the programme. This event will support both Academic Assignment and EPQ students.
How to book: Current Leicester hosted RO students will be contacted and invited to attend.

Skills for Study Residential Summer School 2017
Date: Sunday 25th June 2017 to Thursday 29th June 2017
Times: 5 day, 4 night Residential
Location: University of Leicester Campus
Information: Open to year 12s, this five day residential Summer School will give you an opportunity to focus on skills critical to Higher Education study. You will stay in one of our catered halls of residence for four nights with our team of student mentors. The daytime sessions will focus on research and study skills, personal development, and information and guidance to help prepare you for the independent learning environment of University.

On the final day, you will attend our Schools Taster Conference where you will have the opportunity to engage in taster sessions in some of the subjects you may be considering studying at University.

We anticipate being able to offer an additional 20 places to RO students from other partner universities.
How to book: Please contact the Leicester RO team via email at rop@le.ac.uk to express an interest in attending and to enquire about availability. If selected to attend travel arrangements will be put in place for you.

Schools’ Taster Conference 2017
Date: Thursday 29th June 2017
Time: All Day
Location: University of Leicester Campus
Information: This full day event is designed to help students with their university research by offering thought-provoking and engaging academic taster sessions across all our undergraduate departments and is particularly aimed at those looking to start university in 2017. It will also consist of campus and accommodation tours, general HE advice talks, and an information fair.
The Taster Conference is different to an open day. It will give you the unique chance to sample the subjects you’re considering and get some hands on experience on what a particular course involves. It is designed to help with your university research.
How to book: To register your interest in attending this, please email the Leicester RO team at rop@le.ac.uk to express your interest. There will be an online booking form for this event which will be released closer to the event. If you have expressed an interest in attending we’ll send you more information when it is available.
Further information: If you have applied to attend the Summer school and are selected to take part then you will also have the option to attend this event the day after. More information on this will be sent out with Summer School information.” Contact the Leicester RO team at rop@le.ac.uk in advance of the event.

Careers Development Day 2017
Date: September 2017, exact date TBC
Time: All Day
Location: University of Leicester Campus
Information: This day is for current Leicester hosted RO students only.
Aimed at year 13s, this event provides access and guidance from our careers team to help support your future career development and give top tips on writing job applications and personal statements.
How to book: Current Leicester hosted RO students will be contacted and invited to attend.

It may be possible to have reasonable travelling expenses reimbursed to attend an RO event/activity. You should check in advance with the university delivering the event to see if this is possible by contacting Andy Johnson at rop@le.ac.uk and to find out what you need to do.

Please check back as more events will be added soon!

Discover Days
Date: June/July 2017 TBC
Time: TBC
Location: The University of Manchester Y12
Information: Discover Days are informative, interactive events for aspiring undergraduate students who are interested in certain subject areas but who may not know exactly which course to choose. Please note, this event is for year 12s.
How to book your place: Registration for the Discover Days will open nearer the time. To book a place then, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/aspiring-students/discover-days/

The University of Manchester Undergraduate Open Day
Date: Friday 23rd June and Saturday 24th June
Time: see link
Location: The University of Manchester
Open Days gives you the opportunity to find out more about the opportunities and rewards of academic and social life at The University of Manchester as well as the chance to explore the exciting campus and city!
How to book your place: Registration for the Open Days will open nearer the time. To book a place then, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/open-days-visits/open-days/

The University of Manchester Undergraduate Open Day
Date: Saturday 30th September and 14th October
Time: see link
Location: The University of Manchester
Information: Open Days gives you the opportunity to find out more about the opportunities and rewards of academic and social life at The University of Manchester as well as the chance to explore the exciting campus and city!
How to book your place: Registration for the Open Days will open nearer the time. To book a place then, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/open-days-visits/open-days/

It may be possible to have reasonable travelling expenses reimbursed to attend an RO event/activity. You should check in advance with the university delivering the event to see if this is possible by contacting Francesca Guratsky at francesca.guratsky@manchester.ac.uk and to find out what you need to do.

Please check back as more events will be added soon!

2017 Events

Open Days – Undergraduates
Dates: Wednesday 21st June 2017
Saturday 8th July 2017
Saturday 9th September 2017
Saturday 21st October 2017
Times: 10am-4pm
Location: The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN
Information: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/opendays During our Open Days you can take a tour of the campus, the Students’ Union and our accommodation. There are talks about studying abroad, how to get loans and grants and other things that matter to you.
Academic departments hold talks throughout the day. Staff and students will be there to answer your questions.
Most important of all, you get to find out how it feels – the atmosphere, the people, the campus and the city.
How to book: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/opendays/registeraninterest1

Mechanical Engineering and Tribology
Date: Wednesday 18th January 2017
Time: 9.30am-3.30pm
Location: Meeting point will be confirmed with attendees: The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN
Information: Explore Tribology – the branch of Mechanical Engineering that looks at the friction and wear of interacting surfaces in relative motion – tyres on a racing car, replacement heart valves in the body, gears on a bike. This practical day will provide an introduction to Mechanical Engineering and Tribology with an exciting practical lab session. Our Mechanical Engineering students will also tell you more about life as an engineering student and how they chose their course. There will also be the opportunity to view our 19 engineering laboratories in The Diamond building.
How to book: This event is run via the Excellence Hub – a partnership between the universities of Leeds York and Sheffield. Attendance can be booked online via: https://www.york.ac.uk/excellencehub/

The Science Behind CSI
Date: Thursday 9th February 2017
Time: 9am-3pm Meet at 9am
Location: University of Sheffield Students’ Union Welcome Desk, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN
Information: The Science Behind CSI workshop gives Y12 students a hands-on laboratory experience using cutting edge equipment and the latest molecular biology techniques.
This workshop aims to give insight into the science behind forensic investigations. Due to both the increase in number of TV shows such as CSI, and continually improving molecular techniques, forensics has never been a more popular field. By setting up a fake crime scene, students will have the opportunity to spend a day investigating! By using molecular DNA techniques such as PCR amplification of DNA found at the scene, and DNA fingerprinting, students will have the opportunity to identify the criminal from a number of suspects. This will be coupled with chemical analysis of soil samples found in a footprint at the scene, comparing it to soil found in the suspects’ gardens, as well as matching fingerprints.
At the end of the day, the students will prepare short presentations in pairs or groups. They will then present to the class saying who they thought committed the crime! As well as hands on experience, we will also provide background information on the molecular biology these techniques are based on. The workshop links into key themes in the AQA Biology (AS/A2), Edexcel (AS/A2) and OCR Biology (AS/A2).
How to book: This event is run via the Excellence Hub – a partnership between the universities of Leeds York and Sheffield. Attendance can be booked online via: https://www.york.ac.uk/excellencehub/

Making Paracetamol
Date: Wednesday 5th April 2017
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Meeting point will be confirmed with attendees: The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN
Information: Paracetamol is a very widely used medicine. It is a mild painkiller and reduces the temperature of patients with fever. In this practical workshop you will have the opportunity to prepare paracetamol via a two-part synthesis and to purify the product using vacuum filtration and recrystallisation techniques. The mechanisms of reduction, nitration and acylation will be covered with the option of the determination of structure using IR and MS techniques.
How to book: This event is run via the Excellence Hub – a partnership between the universities of Leeds York and Sheffield. Attendance can be booked online via: https://www.york.ac.uk/excellencehub/

Discover Dentistry (free online course)
Location: Online
Date: to be confirmed – see Futurelearn website for full details
Duration: 6 weeks, 3 hours per week
Information: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/discover-dentistry How important is a smile? Ever wondered what all those letters and numbers a dentist calls out during your check-up mean? How are broken teeth fixed, or how dentures are made? Join Dr Christopher Stokes from the School of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Sheffield on a learning journey to explore the dental profession and the impact dentistry has on all our lives.

This is an introductory course and anyone can enjoy it without expertise or prior knowledge of the subject. A basic knowledge of science will be helpful. Due to the highly visual nature of dentistry, a small number of exercises in the course, unfortunately, won’t be accessible to learners with visual impairment.”
How to book: Register Interest at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/discover-dentistry

Crime, Justice and Society (free online course)
Location: online
Date: To be confirmed – see Futurelearn website for full details
Duration: 7 weeks, 3 hours per week”
Information: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/crime-justice-society. Crime and criminal justice are vast and fascinating issues that highlight the complexity of defining and solving social problems. You will develop an understanding of, and critical perspective on, the role of the state in the regulation of criminal behaviour and the key parts played by those involved in the criminal justice system.
This is an introductory course and anyone can enjoy it without prior knowledge or experience of the subject. A basic knowledge of criminal justice will be helpful but is not essential. The course will focus on criminal justice in England and Wales, but is designed so that learners from any country can participate.
The course will be useful for those considering an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the fields of criminology or criminal justice.”
How to book: Register Interest at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/crime-justice-society

How to write your first song (free online course)
Location: Online
Date: To be confirmed – see Futurelearn website for full details
Duration: 6 weeks, 3 hours per week
Information: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/songwriting Ever wanted to write a song, but not known how? This free online course will give you the practical and theoretical understanding you need to create a finished song of your own.
Whether you’re a complete novice who has never written a song in their life, a budding amateur looking to develop further skills or an accomplished professional brushing up on the basics, this course will deliver comprehensive practical and theoretical knowledge to help set you on your path. While it will be useful to have access to a musical instrument this is not a requirement, you can participate in the course just using your voice or with freely available music software.
How to book: Register Interest at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/songwriting

Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life (free online course)
Location: Online
Date: To be confirmed – see Futurelearn website for full details
Duration: 7 weeks, 3 hours per week
Information: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/play. In this course we’ll introduce you to a range of play worlds and play lives. We’ll be taking in the history of play at the Museum of Childhood in London; discovering how everyday knowledge informs playfulness and imagination; visiting virtual worlds where the boundaries between fantasy and reality are blurred; exploring outdoor play spaces in towns, cities and parks; looking at how play spaces can be designed to encourage playfulness; and seeing what happens when players bend the rules.
We’ll also look at play as the subject of serious study by talking to academics across a range of Social Sciences disciplines here at the University of Sheffield. We’ll discuss definitions of play and current debates about how the nature of play changes – does play help us to learn? Can it prepare young people to be successful in the adult world? How do we learn to subvert the rules? Are all forms of play good for us? We’ll also talk about the regular media panics about the presumed dangers of technology-related play, such as computer games.
This course will be of interest to you if you wish to work or study in the fields of psychology, playwork, childhood studies, play therapy, hospital play, teaching, childcare, or if you just want to better understand your relationship with the children in your life and your own play.
How to book: Register Interest at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/play

Building a Future with Robots (free online course)
Location: Online
Date to be confirmed – see Futurelearn website for full details
Duration: 3 weeks, 3 hours per week
Information: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/robotic-future/ Prepare to work alongside robots and autonomous systems
In the near future, more of us will be working alongside robots, so knowledge of autonomous systems and robotics will be a helpful skill for a surprising number of today’s careers.
On this free online course, we’ll present some of the major challenges that working with autonomous systems creates, to help you understand how researchers design robotic systems, how these connect to other fields of study, and the potential role of robotics in our everyday future.
This course is open to anyone with an interest in robotics. It’ll be of particular interest to engineers, designers, technicians and enthusiasts who are keen to explore the role of robots in our economic and industrial future.
How to book: Register Interest at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/robotic-future/

Measuring and Valuing Health (free online course)
Location: Online
Date to be confirmed – see Futurelearn website for full details
Duration: 3 weeks, 3 hours per week
Information: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/valuing-health. Healthcare systems around the world are increasingly under pressure to fund drugs, treatments and other healthcare interventions. No-one has the money or resources to provide them all, so how do we decide which ones to fund?
One factor which can help inform these decisions is to compare the costs and benefits of treatments. Costs are fairly straightforward to calculate, but what about benefits? How do we know which treatments help patients most? And how do we measure and value these benefits?
This course will help you understand how and why choices about drugs and treatments have been made. It may inspire you to think about a career in healthcare, local decision making or academia.
This is an introductory course and anyone can enjoy it without expertise or prior knowledge of the subject. A basic knowledge of science will be helpful.
How to book: Register Interest at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/valuing-health

How to Succeed at: Writing Applications (free online course)
Date to be confirmed – see Futurelearn website for full details. Dates repeated throughout the year, keep checking the website for details”
Duration: 3 weeks, 3 hours per week
Information: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/writing-applications . This course has been designed and developed by experts from The Careers Service here at The University of Sheffield to help you to write successful applications, whether you are applying for jobs or planning to study at university or college.
Over the three weeks, we’ll look at different parts of the application process. We’ll help you to understand the skills you have gained through work experience and your studies and show you how you can match them to job advertisements or course requirements.
How to book: Sign up at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/writing-applications

Making Sense of Data in the Media (free online course)
Date to be confirmed – see Futurelearn website for full details
Duration: 3 weeks, 3 hours per week
Information: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/media-data. Increasingly, we’re bombarded with all sorts of data about how society is changing: opinion poll trends; migration data; economic results; government debt levels; and MPs’ expenses claims.
More often than not, the data are presented to bolster a (sometimes contentious) claim, so the ability to read such information with confidence is an increasingly important skill for both modern citizens and those studying the social sciences.
This course is open to anyone who wants to know how to make sense of social statistics and economic data in the media. It will be particularly useful to first-year undergraduate students studying social science, as well as school leavers who are thinking about taking a social science or quantitative social science degree.
How to book: Register Interest at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/media-data

Literature of the English Country House (free online course)
Date to be confirmed – see Futurelearn website for full details
Duration: 6 weeks, 3 hours per week
Information: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/country-house-literature. The country house has fascinated writers and readers for over 450 years, attracting the attention of celebrated writers like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, and providing a setting for the performance of literature for writers such as William Shakespeare. We’ll be tracing the history of country house literature, from the sixteenth and seventeenth-century poetry and drama of Thomas More and Margaret Cavendish, through the polite satire and sociability of the eighteenth-century, the Gothic terror and intrigue of Ann Radcliffe and Charles Dickens, all the way through to the dawn of the twentieth century and the wit of Oscar Wilde.
This course is suitable for anyone who enjoys reading and discussing literary texts in English. It may also help those who are preparing for further study in English Literature, as it gives a good foundation in analysing texts. If you are already at degree level in English or another subject, this course could be a good supplement to your studies.
How to book: Register Interest at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/country-house-literature

The Alfred Denny Museum of Zoology guided tours
First Saturday of each month throughout 2016-17:
Saturday 05 November 2016
Saturday 03 December 2016
Saturday 7th January 2017
Saturday 4th February 2017
Saturday 4th Match 2017
Saturday 1st April 2017
Saturday 6th May 2017
Saturday 3rd June 2017
Saturday 1st July 2017
Time: Guided tours 10am, 11am and 12pm
Location: Alfred Denny Museum, Dept Animal and Plant Sciences, Alfred Denny Building, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN
Information: The museum was established in 1905 and named after the department’s first professor of biology, Alfred Denny. Many of the specimens have been in the museum since the early 1900s when collecting was at its peak.
High quality specimens from across the globe from all major phyla including fossils and material of extinct animals, which demonstrate the diversity of animal life on earth. The displays include a large spirit collection (animals stored in alcohol) and fully articulated skeletons of a wide range of vertebrates (backboned animals).
How to book: http://www.shef.ac.uk/alfred-denny-museum/book-your-place

Public Talks: God and the Good: Thinking Religion and Ethics
Dates: 8th November 2016 Peter Bradley (Dean of Sheffield): ‘The Logic of the Golden Rule’
7th February 2017 Hugh Pyper (Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield): ‘The Debt of Life’
14th March 2017 Ryan Byerly (Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield): ‘Putting Others Above Yourself: Does it Make Sense?’
9th May 2017 Michael Braddick (Department of History, University of Sheffield): ‘Religious Conscience and Political Reform in the English Revolution (1640-1660)’
13th June 2017 Keith Burnett (Vice Chancellor, University of Sheffield): ‘Religion and Higher Education’
11th July 2017 Robert Stern (Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield): ‘Is Hope Hopeless?’
Times: See http://www.shef.ac.uk/philosophy/research/god-and-good
Location: Sheffield Cathedral, Church St, Sheffield, S1 1HA
Information: This is a series of interdisciplinary talks, intended for a general audience. The series will consider the relation between religious thinking and traditions on the one hand, and ethics on the other. While most ethical traditions have a religious background, the increasing secularization of modern society has put this connection in question. These talks will consider how far ethical issues can be illuminated by coming at them through a religious context, and vice versa, as well as the history of the interconnection. All are welcome, and there is no need to register attendance.
How to book: See http://www.shef.ac.uk/philosophy/research/god-and-good

Public Lectures and Events at the University of Sheffield
Various dates throughout 2016-17 – see website for details
Various times – see website for details
Various locations in Sheffield – see website for details
Information: From Artificial Intelligence to Zoology – a full guide to forthcoming public events and lectures at The University of Sheffield – see website for details: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/whatson
How to book: see the details for individual events at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/whatson

It may be possible to have your travelling expenses reimbursed to attend an RO event/activity. You should check in advance of the event to see if this is possible by contacting Denise Brooks at rosheffield@sheffield.ac.uk and to find out what you need to do.

BrightMed 12×3
Date: July 14th-16th 2017
Time(s): 10:00-16:00 each day
Location: Brighton & Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex
Information: This three day event aimed at Year 12 students will provide advice and guidance on applying to medicine and provide insight into life as a medical student. Activities, run by BSMS staff and students, will include taster lectures on anatomy and the human body, clinical skills, ethics, and more. Additional sessions will focus on the UCAS process and mock interviews to make a strong and competitive application to medicine.
How to book a place: Applications for this event will open in April 2017. To pre-register your interest, please contact Sam Wickham on s.wickham@bsms.ac.uk
Please note: This is a three-day non-residential event but if you have any questions about travel you should contact Zoe Dawson at z.dawson@sussex.ac.uk

Post 16 Summer School
Date: Monday 24th – Thursday 27th July 2017
Time(s): Residential
Information: For full information please visit: www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/teachers/wp/students/summerschools. For the Summer School, you will choose 1 subject to study from the choice of Chemistry, Physics, Maths, History, English, Media Practice, Law or Psychology.

This is a great opportunity for you to:

– gain degree level insight into an academic subject of your choice
– stay in the halls of residence with other students from Sussex, London and all over the UK
– talk to our Summer School Ambassadors (current students) about undergraduate life at university
– experience the fun and social side of university such as unique sports to Sussex, a taster Student Union societies night, cooking on a student budget workshop, chill out and pizza nights at the student union and a discover Brighton Photo Challenge
– experience key note lectures and workshops on revision techniques and HE finance

This Summer School is completely free with all accommodation, travel and meals included but places are limited so apply ASAP!
How to book a place: Please apply online here: https://goo.gl/forms/fc9SmNDj4Y9IMYMA2. Application close at midday on 28th April 2017.
It may be possible to have your travelling expenses reimbursed to attend an RO event/activity. You should check in advance of the event to see if this is possible by contacting Zoe Dawson at z.dawson@sussex.ac.uk and to find out what you need to do.

Please check back as more events will be added soon!

Launch of the programme

Date: Saturday 14th January 2017

Time: 10.30am-2.40pm

Location: Warwick campus

Information: Welcome to the programme and planning the two year ahead

How to book your place: Successful applicants will be contacted by email by the Warwick RO coordinator.

Meet the Law Practitioner

Date: Thursday 19th January 2017

Time: 3-6pm

Location: Warwick campus

Information: Meet law practitioners and explore routes into the legal profession, learn what their daily life looks like and how to prepare for university. Please note: this event is for Year 13.

How to book your place: to book a place fill in the online form here

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/outreach/programmes/pathways/year13/professionals/

Uni Taster Day

Date: Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm

Location: Warwick campus

Information: You will have the opportunity to attend lectures and seminars in various subjects and talk to our students and lecturers. We offer three streams for you to choose from: Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts/Humanities. Please note: this event is for Year 12s.

How to book your place: Register your interest here:

https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/outreach/activities/tasterday

A-Level Revision Bootcamp

Date: Tuesday 11th April to Thursday 13th April 2017

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: Warwick campus

Information: To support attainment you will learn, revise and study one subject area intensively, with the chance to review progress through assessments and 1-2- 1 feedback. There will also be opportunities to explore effective study skills, exam technique and develop strategies in preparing for exams. Please note: this event is for Year 13s.

How to book your place: Register your interest here:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/outreach/activities/post16/alevelrevisionbootcamp

Academic Assignment launch

Date: Wednesday 9th May 2017

Time: 10.30am -3.pm

Location: Warwick campus

Information: You will get an opportunity to visit our library and meet with your tutor about your assignment to agree on a title and start drafting a plan.

How to book your place: You will receive an invitation from your RO contact closer to the time

Experience Warwick Year 12 Summer School

Date: Tuesday 11th July to Saturday 15th July 2017

Time: 5 days residential

Location: Warwick campus

Information: Experience what university is all about. You will attend lectures and seminars in subjects you are interested in studying at degree level. You will take part in social activities and live in our halls of residence.

How to book your place: Applications will open at the end of January here:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/outreach/programmes/summer-schools/year12/

Warwick Sutton Trust Summer School

Date: 7-11 August 2017

Time: Residential

Location: Warwick campus

Information: You will be taught by leading academics and post-graduate students in a range of lecture based, interactive and discursive seminar group work sessions. Current Warwick students will also support you throughout the week, answering questions about student life and generally being that friendly face to make sure you feel at home. You will take part in social activities and live in our halls of residence. Subjects offered are: Classics and Ancient History, Economics, History, Law, Physics, Politics and International Relations. Please note: this event is for Year 12s.

How to book your place: Online applications for the 2017 Sutton Trust Summer School will open in January via the Sutton Trust website http://www.suttontrust.com/programmes/summer-schools/uk-summer-school-2/

It may be possible to have reasonable travelling expenses reimbursed to attend an RO event/activity. You should check in advance with the university delivering the event to see if this is possible by contacting Marie Diebolt at Rowarwick@warwick.ac.uk and to find out what you need to do.

Yorkshire and Humber Excellence Hub Year 12 IAG Conference
Date: 04 July 2017
Time: 9.30am – 3.45pm
Location: The University of Sheffield
Information: The Yorkshire and Humber Excellence Hub is a collaborative partnership between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. This IAG Conference is designed to support students with their future choices by providing information and guidance on a range of topics relating to higher education. The theme for the Year 12 conference is transition and all workshops have been designed to equip students with information and skills to support them in their current and future studies, and with the application process and transition to higher education. Students will attend a series of workshops offered by the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York and will have the opportunity to hear from current undergraduate students from at least one of the partner universities. Please note: this event is for Year 12s.
How to book your place: Please visit www.york.ac.uk/excellencehub for more information and details of how to apply. Application forms can be downloaded from the Excellence Hub website and should be sent to excellencehub@york.ac.uk once complete.

Discover History at York Taster Day
Date: 22 March 2017
Time: 9.45am – 3.45pm
Location: The University of York
Information: Taster Days give Year 12 students the opportunity to find out about subjects they could study at university and the careers to which they might lead. You’ll talk part in three mini-lectures, meet our staff and students, hear about university life and tour our campus. Our ‘Discover History at York’ Taster Day will give you the chance to explore the subjects of Archaeology, History and History of Art. Please note: this event is for Year 12s.
How to book your place: Please book online here: www.york.ac.uk/tasterdays or contact the taster day team at tasterdays@york.ac.uk 01904 324634

21st Century Science Taster Day
Date: 22 March 2017
Time: 9.45am – 3.45pm
Location: The University of York
Information: Taster Days give Year 12 students the opportunity to find out about subjects they could study at university and the careers to which they might lead. You’ll take part in three mini-lectures, meet our staff and students, hear about university life and tour our campus. Our ’21st Century Science’ Taster Day will enable you to explore what it could be like to study an Environment, Natural Sciences or Physics degree. Please note: this event is for Year 12s.
How to book your place: Please book online here: www.york.ac.uk/tasterdays or contact the taster day team at tasterdays@york.ac.uk 01904 324634

York Experience Summer Schools (YESS)
Dates: 11th – 15th July 2017 (YESS 1) OR 24th – 28th July 2017 (YESS 2)
Times: 5 days, 4 nights
Location: The University of York
Information: Our YESS residential gives you the opportunity to experience university academic and social life first hand. Throughout the 5 day, 4 night residential you will stay in university accommodation, experience subject taster sessions, student life sessions and participate in social activities, whilst learning what university is really like from our undergraduate residential assistants. Please note: this event is for Year 12s.
For more information: please see: www.york.ac.uk/yess
How to book your place: Bookings will open in Spring, email yess@york.ac.uk to express an initial interest

Medicine: Making Connections Part 1
Date: 1st March 2017
Time: 1.30pm – 3.00pm Hull
Location: York Medic al School (HYMS) at The University of York
Information: Part 1 of Making Connections will introduce students to the concept of Problem Based learning (PBL) looking at first year level cases. Please note: this event is for Year 12s.
How to book your place: For more information or to book places please contact Alexandra.murphy@hyms.ac.uk

Medicine: Making Connections Part 2
Date: 8th March 2017
Time: 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Location: Hull York Medic al School (HYMS) at The University of York
Information: Part 2 of Making Connections will further develop the learning undertaken in the PBL session and link this with a bio-practical activity. Please note: this event is for Year 12s.
How to book: For more information or to book places please contact Alexandra.murphy@hyms.ac.uk

Medicine: Making Connections Part 1
Date: 29th March 2017
Time: 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Location: Hull York Medic al School (HYMS) at The University of Hull
Information: Part 1 of Making Connections will introduce students to the concept of Problem Based learning (PBL) looking at first year level cases. Please note: this event is for Year 12s.
How to book: For more information or to book places please contact Alexandra.murphy@hyms.ac.uk

Medicine: Making Connections Part 2
Date: 5th April 2017
Time: 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Location: Hull York Medic al School (HYMS) at The University of Hull
Information: Part 2 of Making Connections will further develop the learning undertaken in the PBL session and link this with a bio-practical activity. Please note: this event is for Year 12s.
How to book your place: For more information or to book places please contact Alexandra.murphy@hyms.ac.uk

HYMS Medical Summer School
Date: 17th – 21st July 2017
Time: 5 days, 4 nights
Location: Hull York Medical School (HYMS) at the University of Hull and the University of York
Information: HYMS Summer School is a week long residential to give you first hand experience of being a medical student. You will take part in a variety of activities from PBL to clinical skills, UKCAT workshops as well as fun activities in the evening including meals out and a bbq. Applications to the HYMS Summer School will open on 1st March 2017. Please note: this event is for Year 12s.
How to book your place: Please contact Alexandra.murphy@hyms.ac.uk for further information or complete the following expression of interest form: http://bit.ly/2jk0Wxa

Work experience discussion workshop (Medicine)
Date: 13th September 2017
Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Location: Hull York Medical School (HYMS) at the University of York
Information: This workshop is designed for students who are planning on making an application to study Medicine for 2018 entry. The workshop will give you the opportunity to discuss your work experience opportunities and guide you through how best to use these in an application to medicine. Please note: this event is for Year 13s.
How to book your place: For more information or to book places please contact Alexandra.murphy@hyms.ac.uk

Work experience discussion workshop (Medicine)
Date: 20th September 2017
Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm
LocationHull York Medical School (HYMS) at the University of Hull
Information: This workshop is designed for students who are planning on making an application to study Medicine for 2018 entry. The workshop will give you the opportunity to discuss your work experience opportunities and guide you through how best to use these in an application to medicine. Please note: this event is for Year 13s.
How to book your place: For more information or to book places please contact Alexandra.murphy@hyms.ac.uk

Medicine Mock Interview and interview preparation workshop
Date: 18th October 2017
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: Hull York Medical School (HYMS) at the University of Hull
Information: This workshop will give you an opportunity to learn more about the medicine interview process at HYMS and develop your interview techniques. The afternoon is devoted to a full mock interview to give you the opportunity to have a practice run before the real thing. Please note: this event is for Year 13s.
How to book your place: For more information or to book places please contact Alexandra.murphy@hyms.ac.uk

Medicine Mock Interview and interview preparation workshop
Date: 25th October 2017
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: Hull York Medical School (HYMS) at the University of York.
Information: This workshop will give you an opportunity to learn more about the medicine interview process at HYMS and develop your interview techniques. The afternoon is devoted to a full mock interview to give you the opportunity to have a practice run before the real thing. Please note: this event is for Year 13s.
How to book your place: For more information or to book places please contact Alexandra.murphy@hyms.ac.uk

It may be possible to have reasonable travelling expenses reimbursed to attend an RO event/activity. You should check in advance with the university delivering the event to see if this is possible by contacting Angela Purdham at realising-opportunities@york.ac.uk and to find out what you need to do.