Independent and interactive university talks for your school groups

As well as offering award-winning university event resources for secondary schools, UniTasterDays also deliver informative, interactive and independent university talks for your students. These aspirational talks are created to meet your own requirements, and are delivered by experts with enhanced DBS disclosure, and a wealth of references available.

Talks are available for large year groups, or as smaller seminars, and they will include relevant and interactive games and group exercises.

The sessions are fully evaluated. This data can be used as an evidence base in terms of the impact of this intervention for school improvement purposes and Ofsted inspections. Evaluation is always very popular with schools, feedback includes:

"The evaluation is very worthwhile as it gives us a good starting-point for conversations with students to focus efforts on those areas where they are still unsure. We are also able to use the results within the annual report to advise our Governors of progress under our Raising Aspirations programme."

A press release can also be sent to the local press after each session, so schools potentially benefit from great publicity as well.

Session delivery:

All sessions will be facilitated by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays Ltd. Jon has spent a career working in higher education, working with schools throughout the UK.

Jon has previously worked for three universities and also sat as an Executive Director of the Higher Education External Relations Association.

UniTasterDays is a Careers England Member organisation, an affiliate member of The Careers Development Institute and a collaborative partner of HELOA.

UniTasterDays were a 2018 finalist at the Education Resource Awards.

Session costs:

UniTasterDays are not funded for sessions, so charges unfortunately apply. The fully inclusive general charges for each school, including a lunch time drop-in after each session (if the timetable allows) are outlined below:

Sessions delivered on the same day (exc VAT):

  • 1 session [email protected] £350
  • 2 sessions @ £400
  • 3 sessions @ £450
  • 4 sessions @ £500

If you don't have any budget for independent UniTasterDays workshops, do remember that universities offer great events too - which are usually free of charge. You can browse these on the website.

How to book:

As talks require travel nationwide, an email to Jon Cheek, [email protected] is generally the best way to arrange these sessions, but do feel free to call 0208 798 0982 if you would prefer to discuss your session in person.

It would be very helpful if you could provide the year group you would like the event for, a rough idea of the date you were hoping for, and any special requirements you have. We will then arrange for a no obligation quote and session brief to be sent over to you for consideration.

Please familiarise yourself with our booking and cancellation policy prior to making a booking.

Talks available:

Workshops available are outlined below (but requests are also welcome). Please click each event for a full description:

For your students (all available as 45 minutes or 1 hour sessions):

The key university facts introductory workshop for Year 8 or Year 9

The key university facts introductory workshop for Year 10

Fees, Loans and Free Money workshop for Years 10, 11, 12 or 13

Let’s get personal: Personal statement workshop for Year 11, 12 or 13

Ready, steady, apply: Application support workshop for Year 11, 12 or 13

Subject Right Key Stage 5: Picking A-Level options with university in mind for Year 10 or 11

The key university facts introductory workshop for Year 11

The key university facts workshop for Year 12

For your staff (sessions range from 30 minutes – half a day):

University - the key facts for teachers and careers advisers - This session includes a free copy of our Teacher’s Guide to University brochure for all attendees.

For parents of students (30 minutes):

Engaging the influencers: the key university facts for parents workshop

Just some of our feedback…

"A successful and very informative presentation to our Year 11 students, with lots of useful advice for them to act on now and going forward."
Highworth Warneford School
"An informative and provoking workshop which motivated the students to really think about the possibility of going to university in the future."
Ebbw Fawr Learning Community
"An engaging session which kept the students interested and increased awareness of a number of issues. Well organised and thoroughly professional."
St Andrew's CE High School for Boys, Worthing
"The interactive presentation helped to inspire our young people and helped them to understand the importance of choosing the right GCSE's and introduced the idea of university afterwards. Highly recommended."
The Warren School
"The girls are still talking about how useful the talks were, and I am delighted that they got the chance to actually begin some work on a personal statement - marvellous."
Bruton School for Girls
"I would not change a thing. It was brilliant."
Thomas Knyvett College

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