Access and Widening Participation


UCL Expand: Societies & Cultures

Welcome to UCL Expand: Societies & Cultures! We can't wait to get started. 

Jessica Clarke is a PhD student at UCL, studying Ancient History, and is our first ever UCL Expand Societies & Cultures Taster Presenter. 

Jessica has taken ideas and knowledge from her previous degrees and academic encounters, as well as from her current area of research, to pull together an exciting, interesting and valuable programme for the Societies & Cultures participants. 

Untold Stories: Women and Slaves in Roman Theatrical Traditions

The title of the UCL Expand Societies & Culture programme is Untold Stories: Women and Slaves in Roman Theatrical Traditions.

Throughout the programme, we are going to be investigating what Roman Theatre can tell us about ancient and modern history, and its connections to modern-day entertainment. We will also be exploring how the themes prevalent in Roman Theatre relate to modern-day society, culture, and ideologies worldwide.

You will be exploring this topic through:

  • Online artefact/object handling workshops
  • Group discussions
  • Roman theatre text 
  • Roman theatre art and architecture
  • A final research project unique to your own interests (see section below)


What skills am I going to develop?

UCL Expand is structured and designed in a way that will allow participants to develop a range of essential and key skills that will not only enhance your application to higher education, but also support you in the transition to university. The skills which you will develop will be invaluable when you enter university. 

Following the Research and Analysis session, you will leave with an understanding of how to investigate a topic, how to distinguish between reputable and un-reputable sources of information, and the ability to examine the implications of their research.

Following the Critical Thinking session, you will leave with an understanding of how to analyse sources to form a judgement, the ability to challenge your own assumptions and take multiple perspectives on an issue, and awareness of the difference between a fact and an opinion.

Following the Academic Writing session, you will leave with an understanding of the formality, objectivity and precision required to write academically. You will also learn how to communicate your project work in an academic capacity, and how to form conclusions.

Following the Presentation and Debate session, you will leave with an understanding of delivering a clear and persuasive argument, creating a clear presentation structure and the ability to listen to and answer questions. This session will directly contribute to the presentation of your project during the in-person Graduation event on March 27th. 

Your Final Project

Jess will be introducing you to the final project at our Welcome Event. 

The final project is your chance to use the academic skills which you're developing throughout the programme, combined with knowledge and inspiration from the subject content, to create something that is unique to your own passions and interests: you'll have the freedom to put your own spin on it according to what you'd most like to explore further.

Get to know your Taster Presenter!