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Widening Participation students in Years 7 - 11 take part in the activities listed below.

Year 7 Growth Mindset Workshop

No further workshops are available for 2017/18.
50 minute - 1 hour interactive session delivered in school.

Introducing students to the concept of growth mindset and how this approach can be applied to their school life.

These workshops are only available to selected schools from within our target 11 London boroughs. Contact wp-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk to determine if your school can request this workshop or to ask to be added to our monthly bulletin containing all the outreach activities taking place across QMUL which are often open pan London.

Thirty students per group, up to two sessions can be booked per school.

Year 8 Visits Days

Dates for 2018/19 will be sent to priority schools within our 11 target boroughs in the summer.

Exclusively for Year 8 students before they choose their option subjects, groups visit QMUL for a day of activity and a session at the Centre of the Cell. Groups must be at least twenty students, preferably thirty (max), plus up to three teachers.  

Visit days introduce students to the university environment and raises their awareness of the options available, developing confidence, aspiration and a sense of belonging in a higher education setting. 

The day was excellent, students were very engaged and finished with a clear understanding that university is an option for them.
Teacher, 2017

Standard Schedule

  • 10:00 – 11:50, University knowledge development - interactive discussion and group work
  • 11:50 – 12:15, Campus Tour
  • 12:15 - 13:00, Pizza Lunch (FREE)
  • 13:00 – 13:30, Walk to Whitechapel
  • 13:30 – 15:00, Centre of the Cell (FREE)

Schools start the day at Mile End Campus and end the day at Whitechapel campus.

At least 90% of the students selected to attend must be from a Widening Participation background.

Data forms are supplied to schools to attach to parental consent forms. These must be completed and returned before the visit day.

Year 8 Experience University Week: Humanities

Monday 25 - Friday 29 June 2018

There are no grade requirements to apply to this programme.

The week includes:

  • Practical sessions introducing a wide range of humanities degree subjects; English, drama, history, geography, law and politics
  • A tour of the university campus, familiarising students with lecture theatres, seminar rooms and the Students' Union
  • The opportunity to quiz current students on their university experience
  • A graduation ceremony to complete the week

From taking part in the Humanities Summer School I have gained…

A lot of confidence and knowledge about university so in the future I am prepared for what is coming up.

Students travel, to and from QMUL, from the most appropriate tube station with a member of QMUL staff or student ambassador each day.

Year 11 Experience Health Sciences Week

Monday 30 July - Saturday 4 August 2018

Applications to this programme closed on 4 December 2017.  

We have been collaborating with The University of Warwick to deliver this programme for 5 years. It is a free residential week whereby students spend half the week at Warwick University and half at Queen Mary, staying in university accommodation at both sites. Half of the thirty students who are selected to attend are recruited from the Midlands, and half from London.

We ask teachers to promote this programme to students in their school, it takes place during the summer holidays, therefore, all correspondence is sent directly to the student and their parents in the run-up to the week.

The week includes:

  • Clinical practical sessions
  • 'Problem-based learning' project and presentation
  • Discussion with current university students
  • Advice and guidance sessions designed to maximise chances of achieving an offer
  • Social activities
Going to two universities showed us how different they are...the summer school was absolutely fantastic...
Summer School Participants 2016

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to eligible state school students pan-London 
  • Anticipated to achieve AAABBB /777666 at GCSE (including Maths, English Language, and either Biology and Chemistry or Double Science)
  • Must meet at least one widening participation criteria

For advice about applying see our Medicine and Dentistry tips webpage.

Presentations, workshops and fairs

Please contact us, at least a month in advance, if you are holding an event for students in Year 7 - 11 about university. On occasion we are able to deliver presentations and workshops at schools or man a stall at a fair.

To attend these events we often send trained student ambassadors on our behalf, however during the months of May, June and July this is not possible due to exams and summer schools taking place.

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This Widening Participation Team maintain this webpage. Contact: wp-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk.

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