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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 on campus to provide teachers, prospective students and parents with advice on higher education. Further details and information on how to book can be found below.

Higher Education Advice Evening

Event date: Wednesday 7th February 2018

Location: Avenue Campus, University of Southampton SO17 1BF

Audience: This event is for Year 12 parents/guardians whose son/daughter is considering going to university.

Event description: This event is designed to give an overview of the next steps involving the application to university and is open to the parents and guardians of current Year 12 students. The evening will give general, up-to-date information on topics such as choosing a course, student finance, getting the most from open days and the benefits of Higher Education. The event is free and, though it is aimed at parents, students are welcome to book on. As well as talks, visitors will also have the chance to speak to current students, and to attend an opportunities fair where colleagues from Student Services will provide information on residences, careers and other support

Unfortunately this event is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Sophie Farmer on

Please note the parents talk and the student finance talk will be streamed live via our Twitter account UoS_Schools, and will be available to view via the account following the event.  We invite you to access the information in this way and hope you find the talks beneficial and informative.

Download the programme.

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

Event date: Thursday 8th March 2018
Location: Avenue Campus, University of Southampton SO17 1BF

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 is now fully booked. Please note the talks will be streamed live via our Twitter account UoS_Schools, and will be available to view via the account following the event. We invite you to access the information in this way and hope you find the talks beneficial and informative.

Parking: Parking is available on campus


Choosing University Courses and Places
Choosing University Courses and Places

EPQ Teachers’ Conference

Event date: Friday 25th May 2018

Times: 09:30 – 14:45

Location: Building 38, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton

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: Booking for this event is now open. Please complete the registration form to book your place.

EPQ Teachers' Conference
EPQ Teachers' Conference

Personal Statements – Enhancing your profile

Event date: June 2018

Times: 6pm – 9.15pm

Location: Highfield Campus

Audience: Prospective students and parents

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.

Personal statement talk
Personal statement talk

South East Teachers Event

Event date: Tuesday 19th June 2018

Times: 6pm – 9pm

Location: Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Audience: Sixth form teachers and advisors


6.00 – Arrival & 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

7.10pm - 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 – Summer drinks and networking: A chance to enjoy some summer drinks and network with staff and other delegates

Booking details will appear here soon.


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