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Taster lectures

Are you a PhD or Master's student? Can you inspire young people?

The Widening Participation and UK Undergraduate Recruitment Office runs a programme of visits for young people from schools across London. As part of these visits we offer short, interactive taster lectures run by PhD students.

What are taster lectures?

The taster lectures last 40-45 minutes. The aim of the lectures is to introduce students to the range of subjects studied at UCL. We are looking for engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking lectures, which will inspire young people to study at university.

The lectures need to hold the attention of young people aged between 13 and 18, so should include lots of opportunity for students to take part. Group discussions, quizzes, practical demonstrations and hands-on activities are always popular.

Current and past taster lecture topics have included:

  • 'The Hideous Phantasm of a Man': Monsters in the Victorian Age (English Literature)
  • The Philosophy of The Matrix; (Philosophy)
  • What Do Babies Know? (Neuropsychology)
  • Ice: Life in Suspended Animation; (Medicine)
  • Use Your Brain; (Neuroscience)
  • Do Beards Cause Heart Disease? (Epidemiology)

Your proposal

If you are interested in delivering a taster lecture, then please download and complete the proposal form.

Please email proposals to Louise Sung, Access Officer (Pre-16 Engagement) louise.sung@ucl.ac.uk

If we think that your proposal has the potential to inspire our young visitors, we will ask you to meet us to deliver a trial run of the taster lecture. We will be able to give you feedback and advice to make your lecture as engaging as possible.

Taster lecture delivery

You will join our team of taster lecturers and we will contact you to sign up to give lectures as and when visits are booked. Taster lecturers are paid at an hourly rate of £17.52. You will be paid for the preparation (2 hours 15 minutes) and delivery (45 minutes) of each lecture.