University training day - March 2024

Cultivating classroom engagement: Tips to create interactive and engaging workshops for schools and colleges II - Back by popular demand!

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Monday, 11 March 2024

From 9:45am


Belmont Row


B4 7RQ

Back by popular demand! Following incredible feedback, we’re repeating the sold out engaging presentations training day.

This will have a focus on creating interactive and engaging university workshops for schools and colleges. It has been created following feedback from education liaison, widening participation and outreach professionals who actively deliver university workshops and host visits from schools and colleges throughout the UK. It has been specifically designed for university practitioners working with schools and colleges.

What to expect during the day?

Participants will hear from leading experts from inside and outside the sector to learn about how to create and deliver engaging university workshops that students will remember. This will include tips for building rapport with students, delivering sessions with confidence, and presentation techniques to take away.

In essence, the aim of the training day is to equip practitioners with the necessary tips and tools to enhance their confidence when they deliver university talks and workshops in schools - and host visits at their own institution. Not only will this benefit the practitioners, but it will also enhance the quality of the sessions being provided to the students.

But don’t take our word from it, check out this incredible feedback from the same event in November!

In our follow up survey,

Overall event feedback rating – 4.8 out of 5

100% liked the venue
100% would attend future events
100% said the training was relevant
100% liked the refreshments

Please watch this video taster of our first event in July 2023, at the same location, for a taster of what to expect:


Baasit Siddiqui

Building a Rapport Through Reflective Practice

Baasit Siddiqui is a well-known television personality, motivational speaker and experienced educator. He has supported thousands of young people across hundreds of schools in developing their essential life skills through creative and engaging workshops and competitions. Baasit aims to inspire children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds and support them in achieving upward mobility.

In this session, Baasit will share his strategies developed through continual reflection on his own practice and through the observations and mentoring of hundreds of early career teachers. This will be a candid exploration of the challenges in engaging young people and the positive impact it has when done well.

Kamal Ellis-Hyman

Presenting interactive and engaging school and college sessions with confidence

Kamal Ellis-Hyman is the founder of Aim A Little Higher, a company delivering engaging, high impact speeches and programmes across the country. To date, Kamal has delivered to over 100,000 students across the UK and has built a solid reputation for his company's impactful, interactive, humorous & high energy sessions.

Kamal's session will kickstart the day with an exploration of his approach to creative communication & creating engaging sessions for young people.

Liane Hambly

Creativity in action – multi-sensory and sticky learning for students

Liane has over 30 years of experience in the career development field as a coach, trainer, university lecturer and author. She is co-author of Creative Career Coaching (Routledge 2019), a best-selling book for career practitioners, and works with organisations worldwide to strengthen the confidence and skills of their practitioners. She is passionate about the potential impact of career conversations that use creative and whole-brain approaches. Whilst delivering keynotes and workshops worldwide, she continues to run her own career coaching and supervision practice.

In this interactive session, Liane and Katherine will share strategies to foster confidence in using multi-sensory and experiential activities that increase student learning and engagement.

Katherine Jennick

Creativity in action – multi-sensory and sticky learning for students

Katherine wears many hats. She’s a Mum, Careers Adviser, Trainer, and Founder of What's your strength?®, an award-winning card activity to help people recognise their own skills and qualities. Her desire to make a difference started in her teens and ever since she has worked and volunteered to support young people. Throughout her career, Katherine’s creativity and innovation has been recognised and celebrated. She has been a case study for the Department of Education and shortlisted for several Business and Education awards. What's your strength?® continues to get glowing reviews and worldwide praise.

In this interactive session, Liane and Katherine will share strategies to foster confidence in using multi-sensory and experiential activities that increase student learning and engagement.

Sander de Groot, Director and Head of Training at MADE Training

Presentation Skills - Trainer Secrets

Sander de Groot is Director and Head of Training at MADE Training. As a skilled trainer, teacher and facilitator, he has worked with over 250,000 people through seminars, workshops, lectures and coaching.

Sander has a strong background and education in design, communication and pedagogy and is passionate about helping young people to unlock their potential through the sharing of thinking skills and reflection strategies.

Sander’s session will include tips to use space effectively, the power of language, questioning, vocal dynamics and more.

Jon Cheek, Director, UniTasterDays

Event Host

Jon is the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays Ltd. He has spent a career working in higher education, working for over ten years with three universities, followed by schools throughout the UK with UniTasterDays, which Jon established in 2012 to support effective school and college university engagement.

Jon is a huge advocate of university guidance and has been published by organisations including Which University, The CDI and National Careers Week. He is a regular speaker at teachers conferences and works very closely with schools and colleges – including the delivery of independent university workshops.

Just some, from lots of brilliant feedback from the same event hosted in November!

"Fantastic range of speakers and overall a fantastic day"

"This was such an insightful event, learning from some incredible speakers!"

"I felt motivated to start making changes as soon as I was back at my laptop!"

"Fantastic day with engaging sessions, I learned plenty of new skills to take back to my role"

"Wonderfully engaging speakers and I went away with a full notebook of knowledge and tips for engaging young people!"

"An inspiring day, I look forward to sharing all the great tips with my team. Thank you for a brilliantly organised day."

"The training day was so useful. We had amazing speakers and we learnt a lot."

The benefits of attending:

Networking opportunities

In addition to an exciting agenda packed with informative sessions, we are pleased to offer networking opportunities throughout the day, including designated times for arrival, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch and a complimentary (and optional) "after-show" drinks reception as well.

Sessions created for you – nothing is off the shelf

Tailored to the specific needs of university practitioners working with schools and colleges, this event features audience-focused sessions that have been designed to address the unique challenges you may encounter in your role.

One-time opportunity

This event will not be recorded, so it is a unique opportunity for you to attend and gain insights from the esteemed experts in a delightful location.

Frequently asked questions

You can expect training from expert speakers, networking opportunities and to enjoy morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch and an optional drinks reception after the event. A detailed schedule for the day will be provided closer to the event for those who have booked a place.

This training day is ideal for university practitioners working with schools and colleges. This includes colleagues working within university networks, such as the exceptional Uni Connect programme. If you are a university staff member and your responsibilities involve delivering activities for schools and colleges, this event is tailored specifically for you.

The content will suit both new and experienced practitioners and it will have an event delivery focus.

The event will be held on Monday March 11th. Arrival refreshments will be provided from 9.30am and sessions will finish at 4:15 pm. Additionally, there will be a drinks reception from 4:15 pm to 5:00pm for those who are able to stay to enjoy a drink and a final networking opportunity before travelling home.

If you work for a UniTasterDays member institution (see the list HERE) - the cost is £300 per delegate, with discounts available for booking multiple places. Please see the booking form for the group prices. All prices are subject to VAT.

The event is situated in the stunning STEAMhouse building, located in central Birmingham, 10-15 minutes from Moor Street Train Station (closest) and Birmingham New Street Station - and with reasonably priced car parking near by, bicycle storage and even a shower on-site!

The STEAMhouse building was initially constructed in 1899 as the headquarters for the Eccles Rubber and Cycle Company, later repurposed to produce linen clothing, bedsteads, and pianos and now utilised by Birmingham City University and regional businesses, following extensive redevelopment.

We’ll be updating the event information as we get closer to the event, but if you have any questions, we’d be happy to help! Email our Support Team or call 01746 769269.

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