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Year 12 and 13 conferences and taster days

Each year we run a series of conferences and subject-specific taster days for Year 12 and 13 students and their teachers. The conferences aim to educate, stimulate thought and inspire the young people in attendance. Attendees select from a range of taster lectures or practical sessions run by University lecturers.

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

  • Year 12 and 13 conference: Tuesday 19 December 2017

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Year 12 and 13 conference: Monday 18 December 2017

An opportunity to visit the University's historic Park Building and attend taster lectures from a range of subject areas including childhood studies, criminology, English, European studies, history, international relations, journalism, politics and sociology.

View the programme and book online

  • History Taster Afternoon: Next event TBC

An afternoon aimed at Year 13 and Access students offering sessions that are relevant to common syllabus themes such as Germany (1914-1989), the French Revolution, the British experience of war (1790-1918), the Tudor period and an additional session in celebration of Black History Month.

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  • Working and Studying Abroad and Translation and Interpreting Conference: Wednesday 27 June 2018

Aimed at Year 12 MFL students. The day will include workshops delivered by our returning work and study abroad placement students. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in both translation and interpreting workshops linked to their chosen language of study (French, German and Spanish) led by experienced translators and interpreters using our industry standard interpreting suite.

Programme and booking available in the spring term.

Faculty of Business and Law

  • Year 12 and 13 Conference: Tuesday 19 December 2017

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Faculty of Science

  • Christmas Lecture from the Department of Geography: Monday 18 December 2017

The lecture will be on the subject of glaciers given by Dr Harold Lovell, a Glaciologist whose work has taken him all over the world, from the isolated island of Svalbard, to the mountain regions of Patagonia. Harold will talk about how understanding surging glaciers could help scientists understand the impact of climate change, as well as paint a picture of what the planet was like in the past.

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  • Pharmacy Christmas Lecture: Tuesday 12 December 2017

This inaugural Pharmacy Christmas Lecture is aimed at year 12 and year 13 students interested in studying Pharmacy or any other healthcare subject at the university level. The event will consist of two talks:

  1. 3-D Computer Modelling and its role in Designing New Drugs by Dr Paul Cox
  2. The treatment of brain tumours by Dr Richard Hill

Festive snacks and refreshments will be served during the break. Second lecture will be followed by an optional tour of the university campus.

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  • Healthcare science conference: Tuesday 13 March 2018

This event information is to be confirmed.

  • Preparation for social work

Students intending to apply for social work in the current application cycle are invited to attend an event exploring the real world of social work. The event includes taster lectures, a workshop with service users, a Q&A session with practitioners and an in-depth session looking at admissions and offering top tips for students. 

  • Physics Taster Day: Wednesday 13 December

Students are invited to visit the University of Portsmouth on the afternoon of Wednesday 13th December to see what it's like to study Physics at University.

Students will experience a taster lecture and be given a tour of the labs, as well as meeting physicists from the university for a chat about their work.

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Faculty of Technology

Below is a list of taster sessions we can currently offer at the University either as a half or full day. We are also able to bring some of these to your school/college. To find out which sessions we can bring to you, contact

  • Civil Engineering
  • Quantity Surveying and Property Development
  • Building Information Systems 
  • Computer Science 
  • Computing
  • Cyber Security and Forensic Computing
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Networks
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Innovation Engineering
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Product Design and Innovation
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics with Statistics

We offer some flexibility with our sessions, and can work with teachers to adapt these to help match the themes with areas of their Schemes of Work. Sessions at your college typically last 1.5-2 hours but, again, can be adapted to meet particular needs of your timetable. For more details then please contact

Events for teachers and advisers

Throughout the year we run a number of events specifically for teachers and advisers. Find out more.

UoP Library access for Extended Project students

An opportunity for students studying for the Extended Project to visit the University of Portsmouth library, develop their research skills and access our resources to enhance their projects. The day will also include a session looking at critical and analytical thinking and time in the library to study. If requested, we can also include a ‘taster lecture’ from a specific subject to illustrate university style learning.

To discuss or organise a visit please email