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University Events

Universities host a range of events aimed at prospective undergraduates. Not all institutions are listed here so students may wish to do their own research too.

Queen Mary University, London has free taster days to enable students to find out more about a specific course or discipline, for example ‘Alternatives to medicine’ and ‘Options for Women in Engineering’. Check requirements as some taster days are for Year 12s, some for Year 13s, and some for both years, and get quickly booked.

The University of Sheffield is running a range of taster days for Year 12 students, starting this December through to February next year.  Attendance to their taster days is free. Students will need to register interest in each taster day in the first place. Sheffield will notify students whether they have successfully gained a place on their requested taster day three weeks before the event. Please click on the subject area for more information.





Chemistry *limited spaces*

Aspirin synthesis

18 December 2019 / 31 January 2020

09.45am - 4.00pm


Be a physics student for the day

28 January 2020


Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Insight into electrical and sustainable energy

28 January 2020

09.45am - 3.40pm

Education, Culture & Childhood

Be an education student for the day

29 January 2020

10.00am -    3.00pm

Molecular biology and Microbiology

DNA manipulation

07 February 2020

10.00am - 3.15pm


Be a maths student for the day

21 February 2020

09.45am - 3.15pm

UCL puts on a range of visits, events and programmes for students from Years 5 to 13, who are under-represented in higher education. All events and activities are designed to give students a greater insight into UCL's degree programmes and student life. UCL also seeks to raise the aspirations of students from groups who are under-represented at university. Eligibility criteria are strict.

UCL Taster Days are subject-specific, one or two-day events. They are designed to give students a taste of what it will be like studying their chosen subject at UCL. In 2019, UCL put on Taster Days on Medical Sciences, Pharmacology, Management, and Security and Crime Science.

UCL’s Year 12 Summer Challenge is a six-week programme (one evening a week) that aims to give high-achieving Year 12 students the chance to experience what it is like to study their chosen subject at university through, for example, seminars, discussions, and a written essay for which students receive feedback. Students can choose from STEM and humanities subjects, which are taught by UCL academics and PhD students. Eligibility criteria apply.