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This page provides information and resources for teachers and careers advisors in schools and colleges.

The above video has been created by the Widening Participation team for teachers to use during enrichment sessions in school. 

It has been designed to provoke discussion about what university is and who it is for. To accompany the video is a booklet of worksheets designed for a wide age range of students from Year 7 to Year 12. The booklet can be found below in the resources section. 


I emailed it to year 8 mentors and they thought it was an excellent resource which they used and had great discussions from..
Teacher, Barking Abbey School 2016

Talks, Campus Visits and HE Fairs

The UK Student Recruitment team offer an extensive range of outreach activities, all aimed at Year 12 and 13 students, including on-campus visits, themed talks and skills workshops, higher education fairs and parent’s evenings. They  are committed to delivering high quality engagement and are always keen to develop relationships with UK schools and colleges. Their comprehensive targeting strategy, which identifies key regions and institutions, underpins everything they do, but they actively encourage correspondence from all UK institutions. It is important to note, however, that they are often unable to fulfil requests that fall outside of their targeting criteria. 

An updated list of HE Fairs and UCAS Conventions highlights the locations whereby QMUL representatives will be on hand to answer prospective students questions. 

Prospective students can also be encouraged to attend QMUL Open Days to speak to staff and students across the university or book onto a Campus Tours which run weekly. 

Below are the talks the UK Student Recruitment team are able to deliver at our target schools and colleges. Talks normally last 30-40 minutes, but they can be tailored to your requirements. To request an event or activity from the team, please complete the following booking form:

Booking Form

Why Go to University?

This is an overview of the options, opportunities and choices available to students considering higher education. The talk also covers the many advantages of higher education. This talk is recommended for students just starting Year 12, or for parents.

Choosing Courses and Universities

A more detailed look at how students can narrow down the vast array of higher education courses and universities, to make their final decisions. This talk looks at the pros and cons of different types of universities, different courses and different course structures, and how students can maximise their chances of securing a place on their chosen course. This talk is recommended for Year 12 students who are at the start of their research process, or who require a small push in the right direction.

Personal Statements and the UCAS Process

Universities see the very best and the very worst of personal statements every year – let us tell your students what universities are looking for and how students can persuade Admissions Tutors that they deserve a place on their course. The talk also covers the mistakes commonly made by applicants, and how to avoid them. This talk is recommended for students at the end of Year 12, or at the start of Year 13.

Reference Writing

When universities are trying to distinguish excellent candidates from one another, the UCAS reference has become increasingly important. This talk tells you what universities are looking for from a reference and how you can improve your students' chances of getting a place. This talk is recommended for staff who write UCAS references.

Student Life

What is life at university really like? Where do students live? What do they actually do? This talk explains all: the good, the bad and the ugly! This talk is recommended for any Year 12 or 13 student.

Studying in London

Choosing to study at a university in London brings many advantages that a student will struggle to find elsewhere – but does this all come at a cost? This talk explores the advantages of studying in London and gives some tips about how to make the most of it. This talk is recommended for any Year 12 or 13 student who is still deciding where they would like to study, or who are interested in studying in London specifically.


University interviews, or any interview for that matter, are an understandably daunting experience. This talk tells students what to expect, how to prepare and how to impress the interviewer. This talk is recommended for Year 13 students who have interview offers, or who have applied to competitive courses or universities.

The Queen Mary Experience

Queen Mary, University of London is an academic institution with a long past and an exciting future. Our status as a member of the Russell Group tells you a lot about our qualities in teaching and research, but this talk fills you in on the rest. This talk is recommended for anyone with an interest in Queen Mary, University of London.


OnQ Issue 81 March 2016
OnQ Issue 81 March 2016 [PDF 6.34 MB]

Geography resources

Student Blog: Huseyin

Student Blog: Sharika


The above student blogs are updated fortnightly. Our lovely current QMUL ambassadors specifically tailor their blogs to school/college students; explaining what it is like to study at university and different aspects of student life. 


Widening Participation


The Widening Participation team run a variety of programmes designed to encourage young people, from specific backgrounds, to consider university. They run activities for primary school students (Year 5 and 6) right through to Year 12.


Other departments

Colleagues in departments across QMUL also run their own outreach and recruitment events and activities. We hope these links to their pages are useful. 

Bart's Health NHS Trust

Careers and Enterprise

Centre of the Cell

QMUL Events


Peoples Palace Project

Physics and Astronomy

Public Engagement

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

School of Engineering and Materials Science


The above information is provided by staff in the UK Student Recruitment and Widening Participation teams at Queen Mary.

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