University Challenge

University Challenge is an exciting activity for groups of gifted and talented Year 9 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.

The event allows students to get to know the UCL campus and provide them with a taste of being a student for the day. Pupils attend an academic-led session, and then working with current UCL students, WP and academic 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!

The dates and themes this Autumn are as follows:

Tuesday 18th November: Ancient World 

Friday 21st November: Languages 

Tuesday 25th November: Engineering 

Wednesday 3rd December: Humanities 

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.

Booking for University Challenge has now closed.