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24-27 March 2021 | Register now

Register for Uni Week Live and get your hands on the latest advice to get started with university

Everything you need to know, before, during and after your application, is at Uni Week Live.

And it's all virtual. Get a taste of undergrad life, with helpful hints on everything from choosing a course, to making friends and moving away – and so much more. All online, wherever you are.

Join us at your own pace, pick the topics you like and discover what you're capable of. This is your flexible guide to university.

At Uni Week Live, you'll:

  • Learn how to make important decisions like choosing a degree and a university
  • Break down the UCAS process, with help on preparing for uni and the next steps after applying
  • Explore wellbeing and mental health sessions to help you manage change at university and beyond
  • Chat to current students in live Q&A sessions, and ask them your questions on student life, accommodation and anything else
  • Find all the facts, figures and support related to student finance
  • Look at 140 student-led activities and societies and get social with the Student Union team at Portsmouth
  • See where your degree could take you, as we share stories of Portsmouth graduates who were making decisions like you a short time ago
  • Be able to invite your parents or guardians – with useful evening sessions just for them to tune into

Uni Week Live programme

Here's what's coming up and when. Make a note of the talks you want to watch – it'll be recorded and made available for you to access soon after the live session.

If you've already registered, look out for an email on 24 March to dive into Uni Week Live and explore. 

Book your place at Uni Week Live

Day 1 – Wednesday 24 March

Time: Ongoing availability

Welcome to Uni Week Live! Get an intro to the event and learn how to make the most of each session.

Time: 12.00-12.30pm

Going to university is one of the biggest decisions you'll make in your life. And you may choose to go because of your academic interest, career aspirations or for another reason.

Wherever you're at with your thinking, we'll help you look at the reasons to get a degree and the questions to ask yourself. So you can decide whether going to uni is right decision for your future.

Time: 12.30-1.00pm

Session: Thinking about studying a subject related to healthcare?

The population of the United Kingdom will hit 74 million by 2039 (Office for National Statistics), so it's essential to develop a larger caring workforce – of doctors, social workers, paramedics, dental nurses, mental health nurses, radiographers, biomedical scientists and pharmacists.

Find out from our students why they chose their particular health-related course and ask them anything you want about uni. This could be about our teaching, how they found the transition from college to university, a course, our facilities – and/or whatever you want to know about life as a student.

Time: 1.00-1.30pm

If you're considering going to uni, you'll need to include where and what to study as part of your thinking. Join us for helpful hints on how to choose a subject, course type and place – even if you're pretty sure you know the answers to these questions, there's no harm in double checking you're happy with your choices, right?

Time: 1.30-2.00pm

Session: Thinking about studying a subject related to influencing and developing society?

How can we understand and explain diverse social and political issues such as Brexit, drone warfare, veganism, the #metoo movement and celebrity culture? Why does social inequality continue to exist? How can we find out more about, and improve, people's lives and experiences?

In this session, our students tell you why they chose their particular course and the opportunities it’s given them, including what’s been their favourite aspect so far and what they hope to do after uni.

Then, it's time for your questions. This could be about the teaching, how they found the transition from college to university, the facilities – and/or whatever you want to know about uni life.

Some of the topics covered may include:

  • International Development & Languages
  • History & Politics
  • Childhood & Youth Studies
  • International Relations & Politics
  • Psychology
  • International Relations
  • Sociology with Psychology
  • Sociology with Criminology
  • Applied Languages
  • Sociology

Time: 2.00-2.30pm

The session to learn about writing your personal statement – from what to include, to the structure and all the dos and don’ts. Find out how to identify your transferrable skills, plan your writing and use models like the ABC framework to write a statement that truly reflects you as an individual.

Time: 3.00-3.30pm

Funding your studies is one of the biggest things you need to sort before you start a Bachelor’s degree or other undergraduate course. Find out everything you need to know about paying for uni, including the different fees, loans and repayments.

Time: 4.30-5.00pm

Session: Thinking about studying a subject related to sport?

Do you want to increase participation in sport and physical activity? Are you interested in helping a new generation of elite athletes achieve their goals at global events such as the Olympics? Get ready to examine the role of physical activity and optimise human performance.

Find out from our students why they chose their particular course and ask them anything you want about uni. This could be about our teaching, how they found the transition from college to university, a course, our facilities – and/or whatever you want to know about life as a student.

Time: 5.30-6.00pm

Students only! This session is your chance to chat to current students about anything uni related. Come along to find out about life at Portsmouth, budgeting, student accommodation, courses, living away from home and/or your preparations. Or, simply listen in to get the inside scoop.

Time: 7.00-7.45pm

Get to grips with the facts and figures. For parents and guardians: this 45 minute session will help you learn about the costs of university, including when payments happen and what support is available.

Day 2 – Thursday 25 March

Time: Ongoing availability

Welcome to Uni Week Live! Get an intro to the event and learn how to make the most of each session.

Time: 12.00-12.30pm

Your best days are ahead of you. From the fun aspect of uni to the important support you'll need throughout your undergrad life, Portsmouth's Student Union will be there for you. Discover 140 student-led social clubs, events and the support available in this session.

Time: 12.30-1.00pm

Session: Thinking about a career in business?

Gain the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to influence local and global economies. Make lasting positive impacts on societies and the lives of individuals.

That's where a degree in business could take you.

Find out from our students why they chose their particular course and ask them anything you want about uni. This could be about our teaching, how they found the transition from college to university, a course, our facilities – and/or whatever you want to know about life as a student.

Some of the topics covered may include:

  • Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • International Business
  • Business & Management
  • Business & Systems Management

 

Time: 1.30-2.00pm

Session: Thinking about studying a subject related to computing?

Ever wondered how the clever technology that we rely on gets created? Whether it's mobile apps, wearable devices, or networks that keep everything connected, someone has to create them – could you make your mark on this fast-moving industry?

Find out from our students why they chose their particular computing course and ask them anything you want about uni. This could be about our teaching, how they found the transition from college to university, a course, our facilities – and/or whatever you want to know about life as a student.

Some of the topics covered may include:

  • Computer Science
  • Computing
  • Computer Games
  • Computer Animation & Visual Effects

Time: 3.00-3.30pm

Ready to take on the world? Hear from our graduates and what they're doing now, including where they're working, their roles and how Portsmouth prepared them be the best versions of themselves. And use this session to get the most out of your time at uni, so you're ready for life after graduation.

Time: 12.30-1.00pm

Session: Thinking about a career working with numbers?

Do you have a head for numbers and a talent for solving problems? Do you enjoy applying logic to complex issues? Do you want to learn a skillset valued by many employers? Maybe a degree using numbers is the one for you.

Find out from our students why they chose their particular course and ask them anything you want about uni. This could be about our teaching, how they found the transition from college to university, a course, our facilities – and/or whatever you want to know about life as a student.

Some of the topics covered may include:

  • Economics, Finance & Banking
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Maths

 

Time: 5.00-5.30pm

Ready to give yourself a break from stress? Let's explore what stress is, why it happens and how being in education can create those feelings. We'll look at how our brains can work against us sometimes, but also give you some useful techniques for managing any stressful moments.

Time: 6.00-6.30pm

Students only! Missed yesterday's session? Join this one to ask current students about uni. Anything from life at Portsmouth, budgeting and student accommodation, to courses, living away from home and/or your preparation. The floor is yours.

Time: 6.45-7.15pm

Ready to find out what's involved in a university application? And how you can support a young person during the process?

Let's explore everything together, including what's needed, the infamous personal statement and how to guide a young person through their UCAS application.

Day 3 – Friday 26 March

Time: Ongoing availability

Welcome to Uni Week Live! Get an intro to the event and learn how to make the most of each session.

Time: 12.00-12.30pm

As well as your study costs, you'll also need enough cash to support yourself while you’re at uni. This is your survival guide. We're here to help you with tips and ideas on budgeting, living off your student loan and working part-time.

Time: 12.30-1.00pm

Session: Thinking about studying a subject in the creative industries?

Technology has always underpinned and informed creativity. If you're passionate about using leading creative technologies to create films, television programmes, documentaries, moving visual arts, animation and games. If you want to challenge and disrupt the way we communicate through innovative technology. Then a creative industries degree may be for you.

Find out from our students why they chose their particular creative course and ask them anything you want about uni. This could be about our teaching, how they found the transition from college to university, a course, our facilities – and/or whatever you want to know about life as a student.

Some of the topics covered may include:

  • Television & Broadcasting
  • Photography
  • Fashion & Textile Design
  • Animation

 

Time: 1.00-1.30pm

Another chance to hear from Portsmouth's graduates. They're back to help you get the most out of your time at university and get ready life after graduation. Discover different careers and opportunities in the job market, their current roles and responsibilities, and the transferrable skills they developed from their studies.

Time: 1.30-2.00pm

Session: Thinking about studying a subject related to performance and communications?

Technology has always underpinned and informed creativity. If you're passionate about using leading creative technologies to create films, television programmes, documentaries, moving visual arts, animation and games. If you want to challenge and disrupt the way we communicate through innovative technology. Then a creative industries degree may be for you.

Find out from our students why they chose their particular creative course and ask them anything you want about uni. This could be about our teaching, how they found the transition from college to university, a course, our facilities – and/or whatever you want to know about life as a student.

Some of the topics covered may include:

  • Drama and Performance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Journalism
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Creative Writing

Time: 2.00-2.30pm

Thinking about your career after university may seem daunting. You may roughly know the path you want to take, or perhaps you still need time to evaluate all the options. The good news is that there are support services available for you at sixth form and when you get to uni. All of which you can use to enhance your employability.

Our Careers and Employability team guide through what you can do during the pandemic to start building your career prospects. We'll also explore the support available at Portsmouth, and how we're helping students find part-time jobs, with career planning, work experience and volunteering, graduate jobs, further study or starting up a business, up to 5 years after graduation.

Time: 2.30-3.00pm

Session: Thinking about studying a subject related to law and crime?

Where there's civilisation, there's crime. It's a global concern, both on a local and international scale. Interested in exploring the deep lying reasons behind criminal behaviour? Or what social and psychological factors motivate their actions? And changing legal systems for the better? 

If you're up to the challenge, then maybe a law and crime-related degree is for you. Hear from existing students on why they chose their particular course(s) and ask them anything you want about uni. This could be about our teaching, how they found the transition from college to university, a course, our facilities – and/or whatever you want to know about life as a student.

Some of the topics covered may include:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Law
  • Criminology with Criminal Justice
  • Cybercrime
  • Sociology & Criminology

Time: 3.30-4.00pm

Session: Thinking about studying a subject in science and engineering?

Science is key to our understanding of the natural world and the impacts caused by humanity. Engineering uses science, mathematics and empirical evidence to design, plan, build and maintain things like engines, power systems, machines, buildings and structures. 

Does this sound like you? Discover where you could go with a science or engineering degree at Portsmouth, and chat to our students about all things related to a course – and/or whatever you want to know about studying, facilities and student life.

Some of the topics covered may include:

  • Innovation Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Environmental Science
  • Geography

Time: 4.30-5.00pm

Session: Thinking about studying a subject related to the built environment?

Ready to play a role in shaping cities, communities and the way we live? Find out why our students are studying courses related to the built environment and ask them anything you want about uni. This could be about our teaching, how they found the transition from college to university, a course, our facilities – and/or whatever you want to know about life as a student.

Some of the topics covered may include:

  • Architecture
  • Property Development
  • Civil Engineering
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Interior Design

Day 4 – Saturday 27 March

Time: Ongoing availability

Welcome to Uni Week Live! Get an intro to the event and learn how to make the most of each session.

Time: 09.30-10.00am

Moving up from school or college to university is a big change – and you'll want to support a young person every step of the way.

Whether you're new to this journey or just need a refresher, this session will give you an introduction to what's involved, the benefits of studying, key dates in the calendar, applications, writing a personal statement and guiding a young person through the process.

Time: 10.30-11.00am

It's true that university can be overwhelming at times. But with the right preparation, and by knowing what support is available, you can support your child through first-day nerves, or the nail-biting wait for exam results. 

Let's explore everything from the health and wellbeing support they can access, to budgeting, living alone or in shared accommodation, cooking and using a washing machine.

Time: 11.30-12.00pm

A chance for parents and young people to speak to current students. This could be about a course of interest, the city of Portsmouth, moving away from home – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.

Watch on demand

Time: Ongoing availability

All of our sessions and student takeovers from Uni Week Live will be recorded and made available for you to catch up with on demand, around the clock. So don't worry if a particular talk clashes with something you're doing, you'll still be able to catch up on what you've missed. 

Time: Ongoing availability

Watch this to find out how to access all the scheduled talks, information booths containing useful tip sheets and videos, how to ask us your questions and to see where the recorded sessions are located.

Time: Ongoing availability

Going to an online education fair or open day? We're here to help you prepare for them. From the questions to ask, to the research recommended before any sessions begin, this is how you can make the experience work for you.

Time: Ongoing availability

Regular exercise can have a profound impact on your mental state. And it can be fun, too. Hear from our Sport and Recreation team, who'll share interesting facts on how exercise influences mental health and wellbeing, and ways they can support you as student at Portsmouth.

Time: Ongoing availability

We find ourselves in an unpredictable and unsettling time. So let's a take moment to re-align your inner zen. This 15 minute session will give you grounding techniques that you can use if you're ever feeling anxious or uncertain.

Time: Ongoing availability

Let us help you find the present moment. Take 15 minutes to rebalance, refocus and appreciate yourself in this session, and learn how to move through anxious situations beyond your control.

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