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UCL Postgraduate Taster Presenters

We run programmes such as school group visits, conference days and summer schools for students from ages 10 to 18 throughout the year. 

Visit our Activities page for more information.

Subject specific taster presentations by UCL postgraduates are an essential part of our programmes. The sessions help participants to explore subjects they can study at university and to develop their academic skills.

Working as a taster presenter is an excellent way to develop teaching skills, to practise communicating your research, and to inspire young people to study your subject in the future. Taster presenters are paid for their work, and work opportunities are available throughout the year.

Taster sessions need to have a clear link to one or more academic subjects taught at UCL, and must be interactive, engaging and appropriate for the age group. Group discussions, debates, quizzes, practical demonstrations and interesting video clips or visuals are particularly effective. We can help you to develop your sessions to tailor them to our audiences.
Examples of taster presentations by UCL postgraduates:

  • 'The Hideous Phantasm of a Man': Monsters in the Victorian Age (English Literature)
  • The Philosophy of The Matrix; (Philosophy)
  • What Do Babies Know? (Neuroscience)
  • Mission to Mars: should we send humans to colonise the red planet? (Astrophysics)
  • Do Beards Cause Heart Disease? (Epidemiology)

Taster presenters are paid at an hourly rate of £17.52 (UCL grade 7 point 29) for every hour of teaching, plus an additional payment of two hours preparation for every teaching hour.

Work opportunities are available throughout the year during school terms, half terms and summer holidays. Some programmes run on Saturdays or in the early evenings. Most programmes run at UCL, but we also send presenters out to London schools (we pay travel expenses and travel time for out visits).

Most opportunities are for presenting to GCSE or A level students, but there are many opportunities to work with younger students. You can specify the age groups you prefer to work with. The format of jobs will vary: you may be asked to deliver a 45 minute taster presentation to a large group, or to develop a longer workshop for a smaller class.

UCL Access Officers will contact you by email when they have opportunities that match your skills and subject area, and will give you full details of the job. You can choose the jobs you want to work on.

How to apply

Current UCL postgraduate students on all taught or research programmes from all UCL departments can apply.

We accept proposals throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming a taster presenter, please download and complete the proposal form and email it to Louise Sung, Access Officer (Pre-16 team) louise.sung@ucl.ac.uk

If you want to discuss your ideas before submitting, please contact Louise for advice.

We will then arrange an informal audition and will give you feedback to make your session as effective as possible.

Once approved, you will be added to the taster presenter pool and will be contacted by UCL Widening Participation officers when opportunities are available.

Autumn 2015 training and information sessions     **now full**

The Recruitment session on the 30 September and the Training session on 7th October are now full. Louise will email all those who signed up with details of the venue very shortly. Please note that attendance is not mandatory - you can still apply to be a Taster Presenter by submitting a proposal via the form linked to above.