Access and Widening Participation


Bring Your Family to University Days

Bring Your Family to University Days are free one-day events on UCL's central London campus for students from Year 5 to Year 11, and their families.

Bring Your Family to University Day

About the events

Bring Your Family to University Days are a series of free one-day events aimed at providing information, advice and guidance about university to young people and their parents and carers through fun and interactive sessions on UCL's central London campus. 

These events will include activities such as subject taster lectures, panels, support sessions for parents/carers, campus tours and the opportunity to talk to current university students. A FREE packed lunch will be provided.

When and where will the events take place?

We’re offering primary and secondary school students the opportunity to visit the UCL campus with their families during spring and summer 2024. The dates and relevant school groups for Bring your Family to University days can be found below:

Primary School Dates
  • Saturday 27 April: Primary school (Year 5-6) 
  • Saturday 15 June: Primary school (Year 5-6) 
Secondary School Dates
  • Saturday 11 May: Secondary school (Year 7-11) 
  • Saturday 6 July: Secondary school (Year 7-11)

All events will take place at UCL's main campus (Gower St, London WC1E 6AE) between 10:00am and 3:00pm (registration will open from 9:30am). More information will be provided to those who are shortlisted to attend the event. 

 Who can take part 

In order to be eligible for a place on Bring Your Family to University:

  • At least one young person in your party must be in the target year group for the event.  For Primary events this is Y5-6, for Secondary events, Y7-11.
  • At least one young person in the eligible year group must attend a state school in the UK.

Bring your Family to University is an Access and Widening Participation initiative. Places are limited. Participants for this event will be selected using the shortlisting criteria found on the Who We Work With webpage to prioritise young people from the least represented groups. Your family unit will be awarded points based on the number of criteria that you meet.

Capacity limitations 

We can accommodate a maximum of six people per family unit. Each unit must have a minimum of one adult and a maximum of two adults over the age of 18. A minimum of one young person and a maximum of four young people is permitted per unit. If your family unit exceeds six, please contact us at wp.pre16@ucl.ac.uk before completing this application form. 

Can young people who are not in the target year group attend?

Young people under the age of 18 who are not in target year groups for these events are welcome to attend. However, the content will be most suited to the age and educational stage of the target year groups for this event.

Will there be crossover between the parent and carer sessions for the primary and secondary events?

If you are an adult over the age of 18 and are planning to attend both the primary school and secondary school events, please note that there will be crossover in the content of the parent/carer sessions.

Can toddlers and babies attend?

Younger children who are not of school age are welcome to attend as part of your family group (please note, they will count towards the total group size). However, please bear in mind that UCL has a limited number of baby changing facilities and there is no guaranteed access to a microwave or a quiet, private space for breastfeeding or expressing milk.

How to apply

Applications for the Primary school event on Saturday 27 April, and the Secondary school event on Saturday 11 May have now opened. If you are interested in taking part, please apply by clicking on the link below.

Please note that you can only apply for one of these events. 

Apply for Primary School event

Apply for Secondary School event

Applications for the June and July dates will open later on in the year. 

Application forms must be completed and submitted by an adult over the age of 18 that will be attending the event. If you are the adult that is attending the event and you are bringing a child that you do not have parental responsibility for, we would advise that you complete the application form with the child's parent/carer near by as you will be asked to provide information about the child for shortlisting and evaluation purposes.

Please note, you can only apply for one primary school event, and/or one secondary school event. A family intending to attend, only needs to complete one application for their family. 


Applications for both events will close on 10am on Thursday 4 April 2024. We will not be able to consider applications after this time. We look forward to receiving your applications.

Contact us 

If you have any questions about Bring Your Family to University Days or the application process, please get in touch by sending an email to wp.pre16@ucl.ac.uk