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Events for teachers, students and parents

Throughout the year the University of Southampton will be hosting a variety of talks and events to provide teachers, prospective students and parents with advice on higher education. Further details and information on how to book can be found below.

Choosing courses and universities: An in-depth guide to narrowing down your UCAS choices

Event date: Thursday 8 March 2018
Location: Highfield Campus, University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

Audience: This event is predominately aimed at year 12 students considering applying to university or year 13 students trying to finalise their choices.  Parents are also welcome to attend.

Event description: The event will be presented by University of Southampton Schools Liaison Officer, Paul Drinkwater. During the event, he will provide an in-depth view of the things to consider when choosing university courses and places to study. Paul will also discuss the role of Russell Group universities, reputation, employability, types of course as well as the value of a University degree and the transition to studying at University.  He will also look to help decipher rankings and league tables.

The talk will include a discussion around applications and acceptance rates, using UCAS data, and will give an overview of University Admissions and the challenges facing both applicants and Universities in the increasingly competitive Higher Education sector.

Booking:  This event has now taken place. Please note the talks were streamed live via our Twitter account UoS_Schools, and are available to view there. We hope you find the talks beneficial and informative.


Choosing University Courses and Places
Choosing University Courses and Places

EPQ Teachers’ Conference

Event date: Friday 25 May 2018

Times: 9.30am – 2.45pm

Location: The Markus Liebherr Lounge, St Mary’s Stadium, Britannia Road, Southampton, SO14 5FP

Audience: EPQ Co-ordinators, Heads of Year, Senior Leadership Teams, previous EPQ students, Exam board representatives.

Event description:  This event is the University of Southampton’s inaugural EPQ Teachers’ Conference, providing support and a networking opportunity for those involved in the delivery of the Extended Project Qualification in schools and colleges. We will be discussing best practice, marking and moderating with representation from experienced EPQ centres and exam boards. We will also address the apprehension surrounding the artefact format of the EPQ, with some sample projects and staff reflections.

Programme: Download the programme.

Booking: This event is fully booked and has a waiting list. Please complete the registration form to join our waiting list.

EPQ Teachers' Conference
EPQ Teachers' Conference

Personal Statements – Enhancing your profile

Event date: Wednesday 6 June 2018

Times: 6.00pm – 9.15pm

Location: Avenue Campus

Audience: Prospective students and parents/guardians

Event description:  The Personal Statement is a section of your UCAS application that universities use to check that you are suitable for your chosen course. This makes it one of the most important documents you will be writing at this stage of your academic career. This event is a fantastic opportunity for prospective students, and their parents, to enhance and develop your profiles. We will be offering expert information, advice and guidance to support you with your UCAS application, including a Personal Statement talk, followed by a number of carousel sessions. These cover the all-important academic reading skills that will help strengthen the academic content of your Personal Statement, highlight the importance of your digital profile and demonstrate how accessing both work experience and academic research bodies can further improve your application.

Booking: Please book your place here

Personal statement talk
Personal statement talk

Summer Networking and Information Evening

Event date: Tuesday 19 June 2018

Times: 6pm – 9pm

Location: Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Audience: Teachers and advisors to Year 12/13s


6:00pm – Arrival and registration

6:00pm - BBQ

6:45pm – Qualifications, Applications and Admissions: Paul Drinkwater, Schools Liaison Officer will give an overview of changes in qualifications, applications and admissions in the HE sector

7:00pm - Reference Writing: A representative from UCAS will provide a session on effective reference writing

7:30pm - IBCP: Peter Fidczuk from International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme will provide an overview and update on this qualification

7:50pm - EPQ’s, Extended Essays and Reflective Projects: Dr Emma Thompson will discuss the advantages of these qualifications and how the University of Southampton supports schools and colleges with them.

8:10pm – Q&A with speakers

8:30pm - Summer drinks and networking: A chance to enjoy some summer drinks and network with staff and other delegates

Please click below to book your place.


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University of Southampton Summer Networking and Information Evening
Summer Networking and Information Evening

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