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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 lectures and interactive workshops, to deepen their knowledge of key subject areas.
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 two academic-led sessions, and then working with current UCL students they will meet the challenge of making a poster using the knowledge they have gained throughout the day which they will then present to their classmates.
The dates and themes are as follows:
Monday 31st March: Humanities (two sessions from English, Politics, Law or Science & Society)**FULL**
Wednesday 2nd April: Languages (pupils will learn one language taught in schools and one new language) **FULL**
Thursday 3rd April: Engineering (different disciplines from within Engineering) **FULL**
Friday 4th April: Ancient World (Classical cultural and archaeological studies)
Each day will run from 9am until approximately 3.30pm. 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.