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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: Tuesday 5 March 2019


Location: Building 32, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ

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

Event description: The event will be hosted by University of Southampton Schools Liaison Officers Paul Drinkwater and Rhys Phillips. The event will begin with a presentation from current students, representing all faculties, who will share their own experiences of application, preparation and university life. 

Paul Drinkwater will then 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: To book your place, please click here.


Choosing University Courses and Places
Choosing University Courses and Places

EPQ Teachers’ Conference

Event date: TBC

Times: TBC

Location: TBC

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 information will appear here soon.


EPQ Teachers' Conference
EPQ Teachers' Conference

Personal Statements – Enhancing your profile

Event date: Wednesday 12th June 2019


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: Booking information will appear here soon.


Personal statement talk
Personal statement talk

London Networking and Information Evening

Event date: Thursday 27 June 2019

Times: 18:00 - 21:00

Location: County Hall, London, SE1 7PB

Audience: Sixth form teachers, SLT, and advisors based in London and the South East

The University of Southampton invites sixth form teachers and advisors to attend a summer networking and information evening taking place on Thursday 27th June 2019 at London's County Hall (5 minutes from Waterloo). Join us as we discuss the value of the Russell Group and the challenges and support for students as they transition to Higher Education.

We’ll also offer opportunities throughout the evening for you to network with like-minded professionals.

The schedule for the evening:

18:00 - Arrival & Registration

18:00 - Bowl food and prosecco reception (non-alcoholic alternative will be available)

18:45 - Russell Group - Brand on the run? (Paul Drinkwater, University of Southampton)

19:15 - The Student Journey - Managing the transition to HE (Kieron Broadhead, Executive Director of Student Experience, UoS)

19:45 - Refreshment break

20:00 - International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme Update (Peter Fidczuk, IBCP)

20:20 - EPQ, Extended Essays and Reflective Projects (Dr Emma Thompson, UoS)

20:45 - CPD Opportunities and informal Q&A with speakers

21:00 - Event finish and optional further refreshments


Booking: To book your place, please click here.


London Networking and Information Evening invite
London Networking and Information Evening invite

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