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University Challenge visit days for school groups

University Challenge is a full day visit for school groups of gifted and talented Year 7-11 pupils.

Groups of pupils from London and neighbouring counties take part in a full day of academic activity at UCL, including an interactive lecture and academic poster workshop, to broaden their awareness of subjects taught at university and develop study and presentation skills.

The event allows students to get to know the UCL campus and provides them with a taste of being a student for the day. Pupils attend an academic-led session, and then working with current UCL students and staff they prepare a poster using the knowledge they have gained throughout the day which they present to their classmates. This is followed by the University Challenge Quiz to test what they have learned from the session. Modest prizes are awarded to the winning teams!

Proposed dates for 2015/16 as follows:

Year 7

Wednesday 11th May 2016

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Year 8

 Wednesday 6th July 2016

Year 9

Wednesday 21st October 2015

Wednesday 10th February 2016

Year 10 and 11

 (mixed year group event) - Wednesday November 11th 2015

Applications, Selection of Pupils, and Cancellation Policy


Applications must be made by school teachers.

The application form will be posted on the website shortly.

There will be 100 places on each University Challenge Day.

Schools may apply to bring a maximum of 15 pupils and can apply for one or more days.

We ask that pupils are selected to attend only one day to give the opportunity to others.

Priority will be given to non-selective state schools with a high percentage of pupils in receipt of free school meals.

The event is free and a packed lunch will be provided for school staff and pupils.

Selection of pupils

Our pre-16 activities are funded by UCL’s Access Agreement and Widening Participation funds. To attend University Challenge students must be attending a state school. When you are selecting students, priority should be given to students who are highly able and meet one or more of the following criteria:

 - will be the first generation in their family to attend university

 - come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher    education

 - in local authority care

 - parents from non-professional occupations

 - are or have been eligible for free school meals within the past five years

 - attending a school where a high proportion of students are in receipt of free school meals.

Cancellation Policy

University Challenge is free to attend. However, due to the limited number of places available, UCL Widening Participation has a cancellation and non-attendance policy in place.

We require a minimum of 2 weeks' notice if schools or colleges wish to cancel their attendance or any places they have previously booked. For all cancellations made with less than 2 weeks' notice a cancellation fee of £15 per student will be incurred. The same charge will apply if attendance on the day falls below 75% of the expected number of students booked to attend.

Students are expected to attend for the duration of the event. If students leave the event before the advertised finish time without permission from their teacher and a member of UCL WP staff, a cancellation charge of £15 per student will be charged to the school or college.

If a school or college fails to attend an event they are booked on to this will be treated as a cancellation and the cancellation charge of £15 per student will be incurred by the school or college.

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