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Activities for schools and colleges

All of our activities can be adapted as follows:

  • Duration - we generally need a minimum of 30 minutes per workshop but can extend this to suit your needs
  • Group size - a minimum of 10 students is required for most activities, but we can accommodate all group sizes
  • Format - Workshops and presentations can be extended and adapted to include interactive elements
  • Equipment - AV equipment is required for most activities, however we can deliver sessions without it
  • Location - we're able to deliver activities in your preferred location or on our campus
Scroll down to view our outreach workshops and other types of activities we offer.
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Outreach Workshops

The below workshops represent some of our most popular subjects. If there are other higher education related topics you feel your students would benefit from please get in touch with us. We’re happy to work with schools and colleges to develop bespoke packages of support. To find out more or book activity email schoolsandcolleges@bradford.ac.uk

Please note we usually require at least one weeks notice to deliver outreach workshops in schools and colleges, and sessions may be limited based on geographical area, number of students and year groups in attendance.

 

ActivityLocation

Duration

Gatsby benchmark

Level 3:
A Level/ BTEC / Access Students

Years
10 to 11 
Years
7 to 9
UCAS Application Support & Personal Statements - Interactive workshop advising on how to complete a Personal Statement, and also promoting the benefits of extracurricular activities to support applications your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 7                                                                                                                                       
Interview Skills – Interactive workshop preparing students for a range of interview formats, how to prepare and what to expect on the day. Includes an activity on using the STAR technique for answering competency based questions. your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 2,7    
Applying to Health Courses - Personal statement and interview guidance specific for applying to health degree programmes your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 2,4,7    
Choices Workshop – Is University for Me?  Why go to university? your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 7
Choices Workshop – Which degree course and which university? your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 7  
Personal Branding - cover letters, CVs and personal statements are explored in this session, with an emphasis on key skills and how to evidence them.  Students will also investigate how to find opportunities to improve key skills. your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 2,3,7  
Why University of Bradford – Learn more about what makes us unique, and found out about our specialist degree programmes and facilities your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 7  
Making the most of UCAS exhibitions & Open Days – Specifically targeted to school or college groups who are booked to attend a national UCAS exhibition. This session covers preparation, on the day and action plan development after the event.  Also relevant preparation for university open day attendance. your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 7    
Student finance explained – An interactive workshop, including a brief summary of how the student finance system works.  Students also work in groups to take part in a budgeting exercise. your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 7 √   
Plan B Workshop – aimed at sixth form students who may need to reconsider their options particularly in their final year your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 7    
Student Life at University – An insight into all areas of university life and independent living, from a student perspective. your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 7    
Preparing for university study – particularly aimed at sixth form students in their final year. We can include a range of study skills guidance such as time management, revision skills and exam preparation your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 7    
Moving away for university – A look at the benefits and challenges of moving away from home for university study your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 7  

Sustainable Living as a Student – Our campus accommodation ‘The Green’ isn’t just a great place to live but an award-winning sustainable living environment. Some of the sustainable features include: solar energy, rainwater harvesting, vegetable patches and sustainable living competitions for our students.

This interactive activity involves students working as a team of university students (each student will be given a character) to create and present a plan to reduce their electricity and gas bills; reduce food waste and overall be more eco-friendly

your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 7  

Diversity and Cultural Awareness – Moving to a large university with a diverse mix of students from across the globe can be daunting for some students. Here at Bradford 15% of our students join us from more than 150 different countries. In the city as well as on campus you will find a diverse mix of people from different backgrounds, faiths, nationalities and ages creating a vibrant community atmosphere.

Find out more about the benefits of studying in such a diverse community

your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 7  

Critical Thinking - Aimed at A level students, this session helps to enhance their ability to apply critical thinking to their own work.

your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 4,7    

Design a University - An interactive workshop, introducing students to the concept of a 'campus' and what kind of facilities, places and people they can expect to find on a university campus.  Students then work in groups to design their own university.

your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 7    

Positive Mindset - Keeping a positive mindset isn't always easy.  This workshop looks at short term tips to support a growth mindset, and reflection on achievements so far.

your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 3,7    

Revision Skills & Study Skills - Hints and tips for students to help them plan their revision effectively, be prepared for exams and consider their preferred style of study.

your preferred location or on our campus Flexible 3,7  

Email schoolsandcolleges@bradford.ac.uk to book any of the above workshops.

Careers events, fairs and exhibitions

We attend careers events, fairs and exhibitions across the UK in schools, colleges and community settings.  We're also able to attend school events such as open evenings and parent's evenings.

Our stalls are manned by an Outreach Officer or trained student ambassador who will provide advice and guidance across all of our programmes at the University of Bradford as well as discussing wider student life, the application process and general higher education related topics.

Our stalls will also inlcude an interactive Virtual Reality experience.  Email schoolsandcolleges@bradford.ac.uk to book a University of Bradford stand for your event.

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High profile speakers

The University of Bradford is a technology university with over 50 years of cutting-edge research experience.  Our research is ranked in the top 50 in the UK (HEFCE, 2014) for research quality.  Our academics are industry experts currently shaping the future in their sectors across the globe.  Our three research themes are:

  • Advanced Healthcare
  • Innovative Engineering
  • Sustainable Societies

Our dedicated academics are able to attend events in schools and colleges across the UK to help raise aspirations by presenting on their educational and professional backgrounds, as well as to showcase current research developments.  Click to view our expert profiles and email schoolsandcolleges@bradford.ac.uk to arrange for a high profile speaker at your event.

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Support for University of Bradford applicants

For students who have applied to the University of Bradford and have accepted us as their conditional firm or insurance choice, we provide a dedicated service to support them throughout their final year on their journey to Bradford.  This includes:

  • Transition advice and support
  • Study skills support such as exam preparation and revision skills
  • One to one support and guidance on a range of topics such as student finance, moving away from home, clearing and A level results day support
  • Mentoring opportunities with our current students
  • Access to a range of applicant events on campus
  • Parents and carers events, support and guidance
  • Personal tours of our campus and the city of Bradford, meeting academics and current students

If you have students in your school or college who have an offer from the University of Bradford, please get in touch to find out more about how we can support these individuals schoolsandcolleges@bradford.ac.uk

 

 

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Clearing and results day

Clearing Toolkit
The run up to results dates can be a daunting time for students, their families and teachers and advisers.  Each year we develop a Clearing Toolkit designed to provide advice and guidance about the UCAS clearing process, how to prepare for clearing and what to do on results day.  Our Recruitment Officers can deliver the Clearing Toolkit presentation to students in schools and colleges across the UK

'Plan B' Workshop
Either as a result of a change of heart, or if exams aren't going as well as expected, some final year students need to develop a 'Plan B'.  If you have students reconsidering their options during their final please get in touch.  We are able to deliver dedicated workshops and guidance to these students to take the pressure off teachers and advisers during this crucial time.

A Level Results Day Ambassadors
We have trained student ambassadors who are able to attend schools and colleges across the UK on A Level results day to both celebrate with students as they receive their results, and to also support students who may be applying through clearing on the day.  Ambassadors will be armed with results day celebration packs and mobile phones to allow students to contact our clearling helplines on a priority number.  We can also offer this service to BTEC and Access students who may receive their results earlier in the cycle.

To find out more or to book the above activities please email schoolsandcolleges@bradford.ac.uk

 

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