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Subject-specific events

Subject specific conferences, taster days & workshops will give your students an insight into studying at University

From cyber security and mechanical engineering, to criminology and languages, your students can discover what university study is like.

Our subject-specific conferences and workshops are designed to students an early insight into university study, and support your school or college in meeting Gatsby Benchmark 4 and 7.

We typically host these events on campus but, where teaching commitments allow, our academics can also deliver lectures in your school or college.

Upcoming events

To find out more about any of these events or make a booking, email us on or call 023 9284 6214.

Humanities and Social Sciences Taster Day

Monday 13 January 2020 – 10.00am–3.00pm

This taster day is for Year 12 students studying humanities subjects. Your students can pick 3 sessions during the day from English, history and politics, international relations, international development, and social science. They'll find out more about studying their chosen subjects at University by taking part in lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops.

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Criminology Taster Day

Tuesday 14 January 2020 – 9.30am–2.30pm

Our first Criminology Taster Day – now back by popular demand – attracted more than 250 Year 12 and Year 13 students in 2019. Guests will find out more about criminal behaviour, attitudes to crime and the effect of policy change on our society. This event is well suited to college and sixth form students who are studying criminology, law, psychology, policing or sociology.

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Discover Languages Taster Day

This taster day is for Year 12 modern foreign language students. They'll immerse themselves in language studies and find out more about university language programmes. Workshops will be able to experience learning two new languages as a beginner: Mandarin Chinese and British Sign Language. They'll also gain insight into life as a professional translator/interpreter in our Interpreter Training Suite and Digital Language Labs.

Finally, guests will hear from students who have recently returned from study abroad placements and learn more about the possibility for overseas travel during undergraduate language studies.

The theme of employability runs throughout the day and each session is focused on language careers. This includes finding out more about the undergraduate Initial Teacher Training pathway in languages.

Business & Law Year 12 Conference

17 December 2019 – 9:30am–2:30pm

The conference is ideal for any student who's considering taking their business or law studies to the next level. Students can select from several topic-specific sessions delivered by our teaching staff and current students.

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Bespoke technology events

Bespoke taster sessions delivered by the Faculty of Technology can be either a half- or full-day. If you bring students to our campus, sessions can also include a facilities tour.

Most tasters are aimed at a maximum of 25 students, but please contact us to talk about requirements once you know which topic you are interested in. These events are for post-16 students.

We're happy to work with teachers to adapt what we do to help match your curriculum. We normally hold more than one session in a day and session length is flexible to better suit your timetables, though they normally last around 1.5 to 2 hours.

We can offer the following sessions at your school or college:

  • 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

* This session is only available at the University – not at your school or college

Researchers in the classroom

Bring world-leading research into your classroom and inspire your students with our Researchers in the Classroom sessions.

Students will discover how researchers at the University of Portsmouth are addressing some of the biggest challenges facing society. Talks are available across various subjects and can be customised to suit specific Key Stages.

We can deliver these talks in your school or college, or live-stream them (depending on technology available). All we ask is that you provide feedback on the session to help us assess the success of the programme.

To find out more email us on or call 023 9284 6214.

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