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Year 12 and 13 conferences and taster days

Each year we run a series of conferences and subject-specific taster days for Year 12 and 13 students and their teachers. The conferences aim to educate, stimulate thought and inspire the young people in attendance. Attendees select from a range of taster lectures or practical sessions run by University lecturers.

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Criminology Conference

Friday 8 March 2019, 09:45 – 14:15

The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth is proud to offer a conference for students interested in the study of crime and criminology.

Students will get the chance to experience three taster lectures from a mix of the following courses:

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Criminology with Psychology
  • Criminology and Forensic Studies
  • Criminology and Cybercrime

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University of Portsmouth English Literature and English Language Taster Afternoon

Wednesday 13 March 2019, 12:45 – 16:00

We're delighted to invite you and your Year 12 / Access students to visit the University and attend your choice of two English Literature and English Language taster sessions. Student can choose from: 

Taster Session 1: 

  • Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale 
  • English in the World - the World in English

Taster Session 2:

  • Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  • Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
  • Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The Language of Consent

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Politics, International Relations and International Development Taster Afternoon

Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 13:15 - 16:00

The School of Areas Studies, History, Politics and Literature are pleased to invite you and your Year 12/Access students to attend our Politics, International Relations and International Development Taster Afternoon. This will be an ideal opportunity for those studying A'Level Politics to have a taster of what the subject is like at University and also to explore the area of International Development. The Taster Afternoon will include two lectures and a Question Time activity with our Student Panel:

"How do Revolutions Occur? When and Why they Change the World" - Dr Paul Flenley

Revolutions such as the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the more recent Arab Revolutions are often sudden unexpected explosions which have historic effects. This session will look at why they occur. We will consider the social and economic causes and the role of leaders. We will try to explain why in some cases the crowd and mass mobilisation can lead to the overthrow of an authoritarian regime but in others fails to do so. The key role of ideas and communications will be considered. Revolutions may start with the demand for bread but end up demanding freedom - why?

Globalisation: From the End of History to the End of the World? – Dr Ben Garner

What is globalisation and what does it mean for people's lives? In this session we will explore the connections between globalisation and international development, considering how globalisation is connected to a range of phenomena from global poverty and hunger to economic and ecological crises, and how globalisation connects us to the lives of others on the other side of the world.

Question Time with University of Portsmouth Politics and International Relations Students, chaired by Dr Zara Ramsey. Themes could include, but are not limited to:
Trump and populism
Theresa May’s performance through the Brexit process
The UK's role in promoting international wellbeing

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Working and Studying Abroad and Translation and Interpreting Conference

Wednesday 26 June 2019 

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Faculty of Business and Law 

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Faculty of Science

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Faculty of Technology

Various Technology Taster Days

Below are taster sessions we offer as either a half or full day. These sessions take place at the University however we're also able to bring a number of these to your school or college. These will typically last 1.5 to 2 hours.

These sessions are very flexible. We're happy to work with teachers, adapting the sessions to match specific areas in your Schemes of Work or curricula.

Please contact for more information.


  • Computer Networksa
  • Computing/Computer Science
  • Cyber Security and Forensic Computing
  • Data Science and Analytics (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Business)
  • Software Engineering


  • Building Information Systems
  • Civil Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Physics)
  • Electronic Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Physics)
  • Innovation Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Physics)
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Physics)
  • Petroleum Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Geology, Maths and Physics)
  • Product Design and Innovation
  • Quantity Surveying and Property Development


  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics with Statistics

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Events for teachers and advisers

Throughout the year we run a number of events specifically for teachers and advisers.

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UoP Library access for Extended Project students

An opportunity for students studying for the Extended Project to visit the University of Portsmouth library, develop their research skills and access our resources to enhance their projects. The day will also include a session looking at critical and analytical thinking and time in the library to study. If requested, we can also include a ‘taster lecture’ from a specific subject to illustrate university style learning.

To discuss or organise a visit please email

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Open Day bursaries for schools and colleges

The University of Portsmouth offer a limited number of transport bursaries for schools and colleges wishing to bring students to our Open Days.

The bursaries of a fixed amount of £200 per institution are subject to the visiting group bringing 15 or more pupils.

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Parents' Higher Education evening

The Higher Education Evening is aimed at local parents of students who will be applying to university for 2019 entry. The event will consist of:

‘Applying to Higher Education talk’ which will explain the UCAS application process, point out the important deadlines and advise on how to best support a young person at the time of applying to university.

‘Student Finance talk and Q&A’ which will consider the costs of studying and explain the types of support available, there will be an opportunity to ask questions on Student Finance.

‘Q&A session with parents of current students’ will give you the opportunity to ask any further questions about the experiences of parents whose children have gone through the application process already.

You can also speak to our staff who represent various areas of university such as Degree Apprenticeships, Student Finance, Support and Housing.

This event is open to all parents of students considering applying to Higher Education next year, regardless of whether University of Portsmouth is one of their current choices. You are welcome to bring your children to the event.

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Free parking is available onsite.

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