Subject Taster Workshops

Our subject taster workshops for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 introduce your students to new topics, build on their current subjects and support them in developing skills and insight into the university experience. Our live sessions are delivered by post-graduate students or academic staff on flexible dates and at times to suit your needs.

This year, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, most of our workshops will be delivered online, however, depending on the circumstances and government guidance, we may be able to visit your school. A number of our workshops are also available as recorded sessions, lasting an hour-long including activities. Please be aware that due to limited budget, we can only take expressions of interest from state schools.

Browse our workshops below and complete the expression of interest form so we can work with you to determine the best option for your school.
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Music and Wellbeing KS4/5

*Live or pre-recorded*

Do you think studying music is just about learning to play an instrument? Think again! The session will be suitable for students interested in music, psychology and general wellbeing. In this interactive workshop, students will discuss the impact of music on physical, psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. Drawing from current research in music psychology, including key models of wellbeing, as well as their own experiences they will explore what we mean by ‘wellbeing’, and how it relates to our musical engagement. Together we will consider the ways in which we use music for wellbeing in our own lives and reflect on the impact of music through lockdown. This workshop is available as a pre-recorded session or it can be delivered live online whilst your students are at home.

Careers in Music KS3/4/5

*Live or pre-recorded*

In this session, our Education Outreach Fellow will share an overview of the varied careers available in the music industry, including hidden careers you may not have considered. Drawing from her own varied experiences in the industry, including working for a major record label, as a music teaching assistant, a freelance singer and music facilitator, and a music psychology researcher, Melissa will reflect on her own musical pathway and the skills required to find success in the industry. This session will also discuss the transferable skills you can gain from studying and/or engaging with music, including how to frame these for an employer and some hints and tips on how to build your CV for a career in music.

Music and Disability KS3/4/5

*Live*

Music can play an important role in our everyday lives, but what can it do for people with disabilities? Drawing from current research in music psychology, this session will discuss the impact of music in the lives of disabled people, from music therapy to music in everyday life. Together we will explore the opportunities and challenges of music and disability research, including discussing some of the key ethical debates in the field. The session will also introduce students to ‘inclusive’ approaches to research and encourage them to reflect on the ways in which they can make their day-to-day interactions more accessible. This session will be suitable for students in Year 11 or 12 who are interested in music, music therapy, psychology, and/or disability.

Language Taster Workshop - Arabic or Linguistics KS3/4/5

*Live*

Let’s get your students EXCITED about studying languages!! Our language taster workshops introduce your students to a language subject they may not have studied before. The workshops can be delivered online and have been designed to show your students just some of the other language options available to them in the future. They will spark your students’ interest and encourage the uptake of languages through school, college and onto Higher Education. You can choose from either Arabic or Linguistics and either session can be adapted to suit the age group of your students and your school timetable.

An Introduction to Political Communication KS4/5

*Live or pre-recorded*

What is Political Communication and has social media changed the way politicians’ communicate? If your students are interested in studying politics or media at university then this is the session to inspire them! This interactive recorded workshop will provide students with an opportunity to act as a Social Media Officer for a government department to see some of the challenges faced when trying to communicate politics on Twitter!

Build A Utopia KS4/5

*Live*

What is a utopia? Why might they be created? Utopia can be found in everything from architecture to geography to ancient texts; using these examples this session will introduce students to the concept of utopia and imagined non-existent worlds and ask them to consider how they might design their own alternative world and what reasons they might have for doing so. Our utopian creations will then be brought into conversation with the wider theory and interdisciplinary examples of utopias. Utopia and utopian theory is an interdisciplinary field, suitable for Key Stages 4 and 5 this session provides your students with a chance to critically engage with subjects and ideas that they might not have come across before.

Careers with History KS4/5

*Live or pre-recorded*

Would your students like to gain a better understanding of the transferable skills that come from studying History and career paths that are open to graduates?

This interactive recorded workshop is delivered by two History PhD students, who will guide your students through a range of activities, all designed to highlight the relevance of studying History and open their eyes to a wide range of jobs.

What Is a Primary Source and What Can It Tell Us? KS4/5

*Live or Pre-recorded*

This interactive session will provide key information on using a variety of primary sources with a focus on written as well as non-written sources. It will help students engage with the past in order to interpret and understand it from first-hand documents.

Medieval Humour KS4/5

*Live or pre-recorded*

This interactive session will consider various primary sources in order to combat the notion that medieval people were incredibly devout and religious and therefore, could not have a sense of humour. We will look at drawings, poetry and riddles which all point to Medieval people having a great sense of humour!

Introduction to Ethics KS4/5

*Live*

What is ethics? How do we make right or wrong decisions? These are the sorts of questions that will be addressed in this session that is designed for students who have never engaged with philosophy at an academic level before.

This session is intended to get students thinking critically about how we make decisions about what is right and wrong and to introduce them to the ways that this question has been discussed in Philosophy. By engaging with these questions and ideas, students will start to develop their own critical thinking skills as they discuss how philosophers make arguments about morality and assess the validity of these arguments.

Introduction to Graphic Design - KS3/4

*Live* 

Suitable for anybody already interested in design, or who wants to get to know more about it. This session will introduce students to the concept of design and some basic definitions and examples of what design can be. Your students will then explore logo design, looking at definitions and some well-known examples, and finish by using what they have learnt to design their own logo/personal branding.