University events

What is it like to study maths at university?

Thursday 30th May, 7pm
Friday 31st May, 5.30pm

If you have your sights set on a maths-based degree, or are curious about what university maths entails, then this webinar is for you!

Join Dr Simon Singh (bestselling author of Fermat’s Last Theorem) and Dr Junaid Mubeen (Countdown series winner) as they welcome a panel of students and lecturers from Manchester University to discuss all sorts of things about studying maths at university.

  • What does a typical maths lecture look like?
  • How much homework is there?
  • Do you get to discover new maths?

Get answers to these questions, and ask your own questions, by joining one of these two webinars.

To join, click here when the time comes. No registration is needed but if you create a (free) Parallel account and log-in, you will be able to interact via chat and polls.


University of Sheffield free subject tasters

All of the activities below are free of charge and will provide students with a good insight into their chosen subject or area of interest at university. Interested students can fill out the booking forms individually using the links below.

Arts and Humanities online subject tasters

Law The art of negotiation Monday 29th April
English Language A taste of linguistics Tuesday 30th April
Philosophy What is Freedom and why should we value it? Wednesday 1st May
East Asian Studies Visual Aesthetics in East Asia: The Rise of Cuteness Tuesday 7th May
Spanish and Latin American Studies How did we get to understand Brazil as the land of carnival? Thursday 9th May
Russian On the historical (dis)unity of the Russian and Ukrainian
Tuesday 21st May
English Literature The many loves of Jane Eyre Wednesday 22nd May
History An Introduction to the British Transatlantic Slave Trade,
Thursday 23rd May


Science on-campus subject tasters,

Chemistry Be a chemistry student for the day:
synthesising and
analysing aspirin

Tuesday 28th May

(Applications close 13th May)

Dainton building, Sheffield


Science online subject tasters,

Chemistry The Evolution of the Periodic Table, the Fundamentals and Beyond Thursday 2nd May
Biosciences Animal reproduction and
Tuesday 21st May


Health online subject tasters

Speech and language therapy at Sheffield Wednesday 1st May 4–5.15pm
Orthoptics Why do we see
Tuesday 21st May 4–5pm
Nursing and
The Kidneys: Why they’re so great Wednesday 29th May 4–5.15pm


Social Sciences online subject tasters

Urban Studies and
Planning the healthy city Tuesday 30th April 4–5.15pm
How to analyse and draw a landscape Wednesday 1st May 4–5.15pm
Applied Social
Looking at Reality TV through
a social science lens.
Thursday 2nd May 4.30–5.50pm
Politics and
The new ‘crisis of masculinity’ and the future of gender politics in Britain Wednesday 8th May 4–5.30pm
Data Science Large Language Models:
How does ChatGPT work?
Monday 13th May 4–5.15pm
Management School Career development
Wednesday 15th May 3.45–5pm
Education Children and Digital Cultures:  student filmmaking Thursday 23rd May 4–5.15pm


Swansea University Masterclass subject-specific webinars

Unsure of what subject you’d like to study at University? Swansea University’s Masterclass Series takes place at various times throughout the year to give students a flavour of the different subjects it offers. It’s also a great way to get a feel for what university lectures are like.

The series includes the following topics:

  • Studying and practising mental health nursing
  • Artificial intelligence and economics – the importance of being human
  • Intro to java: decoding classes & methods
  • Phobias: causes and treatments
  • Using forensic linguistics to tackle online harms
  • Behind the scenes: light and electricity
  • The year of women’s sport (again)?
  • Criminal law – making a murderer
  • Fact-checking Boris Johnson’s Covid-19 inquiry evidence
  • How can I tailor my medical sciences degree at Swansea?

For further information, and to watch the videos, click here.


Year 12 STEM Residentials in Summer 2024

Insight into University Residential Experience are summer schools run over 4 or 5 days where students get a taster of university life and an insight into a specific STEM subject. Students will get the opportunity to experience university-style lectures and work on activities and group projects with the support of academics and student mentors. Students will stay in halls of residence and will take part in social activities in the evenings.

These courses are a great way to try out a STEM subject at university before applying. This allows students to make a better informed decision for their UCAS application, as well as meeting like-minded students from all over the UK.

These summer schools are run for small groups (on average 30 students) and so places are limited. The list of courses available so far include:

  • Materials Science at the University of Oxford
    17–21st June 2024, 4-night residential
  • Materials Science at the University of Cambridge
    30th June – 4th July, 4-night residential
  • Broad based Engineering at the University of Sheffield
    4-night residential
  • Aerospace Engineering at the University of Liverpool
    4-night residential
  • Maths at Lancaster University
    29th July – 1st August, 3-night residential
  • Mechanical Engineering at UCL
    3-night residential
  • Ocean & Earth Science at the University of Southampton
    21st July – 25th July 2024, 4-night residential

For more information, click here.