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Primary Programmes

Research shows that particular approaches towards Widening Participation are most effective. We attempt to embed these within the work that we do and introduce primary school students to the concept of university from an early age.  

  • Teddy bear

    'Outreach needs to begin at primary level'

    OFFA and HEFCE 2013

  • Group of people

    'Interventions are most effective when delivered consistently [over time]'

    OFFA and HEFCE 2013

Our aim is to normalise the idea of going to university, particularly for children who have no family history of higher education. Below are two programmes available for local feeder schools to book.    

Graduation Teddy belongs to the Students' Union

Year 5 Introduce University

One hour workshop including group discussion, quizzes and interactive activities delivered in schools.

Group size: 30 students (max).

To request a date email Lucy: l.trotman@qmul.ac.uk

Year 6 Scout visit

Three-hour visit to QMUL introducing the university environment through interactive challenges and a campus trail. The visit is designed to help classes prepare for their move to secondary school.

Group size: 30 students up to two classes per day.

To request a date email Lucy: l.trotman@qmul.ac.uk

The below reading and coding programmes link to current education-related discussion in the media and complement changes in the curriculum and schools reading targets.

Year 5 Coding club  

Children learn to code through designing and making web games one hour after school for ten weeks.

Access to a PC lab at the school is required.

Children take home workbooks and continue their learning at home.

If you are interested in running this activity at your school email Lucy at l.trotman@qmul.ac.uk

Year 6 Reading challenge

Children are paired with an undergraduate student ambassador from QMUL either 1-2-1 or 1-2-2 for one hour of reading per week for ten weeks.

Together they make their way through 'Danny Champion of the World'.

If you are interested in running this activity at your school email Priya at p.clarke@qmul.ac.uk

All requests are subject to availability of staff and resources. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate visits from schools outside the 11 target boroughs we have selected to work within.

Please contact Priya Clarke if you are interested in any of the below programmes: p.clarke@qmul.ac.uk or call 02078827463.


Year 6 Experience University Week: Languages

City, University of London logoIn collaboration with City University.

Provisional dates: 2 - 6 July 2018.

Free, non-residential week experiencing life at 2 universities. 30 children from a mix of primary schools take part.

Week includes:

  • Learning phrases in a new language
  • Discovering different subjects and careers
  • Meeting other children from local school

If you are interested in a group of your students attending this week please email Priya at p.clarke@qmul.ac.uk


We have a dedicated web page containing useful resources, publications, and information about the other activities taking place across QMUL which are suitable for school children.

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This page is maintained by the Widening Participation Team. Contact: wp-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk.

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