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University Challenge is an exciting activity for groups of gifted and talented Year 9 pupils.
Groups of pupils from London and neighbouring counties will 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.
The event will allow students to get to know the UCL campus and provide them with a taste of being a student for the day. Pupils will attend an academic-led session, and then working with current UCL students, WP and academic staff they will prepare a poster using the knowledge they have gained throughout the day which they will then present to their classmates. This will be followed by the University Challenge Quiz to test what they have learned from the session. Modest prizes will be awarded to the winning teams!
The dates and themes are as follows:
Tuesday 18th November: Ancient World
Friday 21st November: Languages
Tuesday 25th November: Engineering
Wednesday 3rd December: Humanities
Registration will be between 9 - 9.30am, except on 3rd December when it will be at 10am. The programme will finish at approximately 3.30 -4pm.
A packed lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Please note that priority for places will be given to schools who have 30% or more of their students eligible for free school meals. Due to space restrictions we can only take 15 highly able or gifted and talented students from each school on each day.
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.