Access and Widening Participation


UCL Expand: What to expect from the Welcome Event

The launch of UCL Expand is just around the corner, and we can't wait to meet all of our 120 participants in-person.

Our first in-person event of UCL Expand will be on the 14 February 2024, and its going to be filled with interesting and enjoyable activities and give you a flavour of what its like to be a UCL student. 

By the end of the day, you will have:

  • met your subject strand classmates who you'll be with for the rest of the programme 
  • met your subject strand Taster Presenter and Student Ambassador who will be delivering and supporting in sessions on the remainder of the programme 
  • been introduced to your subject strand topic and have a clearer idea of what to expect from the rest of the programme
  • been on a campus tour of our UCL Bloomsbury campus, led by a UCL student
  • attended a session with one of our library teams, providing you with an invaluable insight into on- and offline academic research
  • had an all-paid-for lunch in our main student lunch space, the Refectory

Getting ready for the day

Before you come to UCL Bloomsbury Campus, you need to make sure you've completed all necessary activities to ensure a safe, enjoyable and seamless time throughout the programme, from start to end. Check this page for a check-list of some of the things you need to so and think about.  

Three key questions to ask yourself to help ensure you're ready for the day

  1. Have you fully completed your personal details form, with a parent or guardian signature?
  2. If you're expected to be in school or college on either the 14 February or 27 March, have you got teacher/school/college approval to not attend, as you will be at UCL?
  3. If UCL are not booking your travel, have you booked this to ensure you will be able to attend the full duration of both in-person days? 

Click here for more advice & guidance on getting ready for the day

UCL Expand Welcome Event FAQs

What are the timings for the Welcome Event? 
 DateStart TimeFinish Time
14 February 2024: UCL Expand Introductory Day11AM (Arrive at 10:30AM)16:00PM 

Participants need to ensure that they book travel that will allow them to arrive onto campus on time for the beginning of each in-person day, and a return ticket that will ensure you can stay for the duration of each day. If you've let us know that you need us to book travel on your behalf, we will be in touch with details of your journeys. 

For more guidance on booking travel, check our getting ready page.

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code, just as long as you are comfortable. 

We advise that you check the weather for the day for both London and for where you are travelling from, to ensure you dress suitably and are comfortable for the duration of the day and for your travels. 

Is there anything specific I need to bring on the day?

There are no activities that require you to bring a notebook or a laptop, or any other similar materials. We'd encourage you not to bring a laptop or anything else of value or that might be heavy, as you will be carrying your belongings with you around campus on the day. It is your responsibility to look after everything that you bring. 

Things we would encourage you to bring are:

  • A phone in case we, or anyone else, needs to communicate with you, to contact us on if you're running late, to have your travel tickets on, in case of emergencies, etc.
  • A phone charger to ensure your phone battery lasts for both journeys and until you get home.
  • A water bottle to stay hydrated. You can fill this up on campus. 
  • A pen (always useful just in case!)
What if I'm late?

We ask that all participants aim to arrive at 10:30AM to ensure we are able to start promptly at 11AM.

If you're running late due to unavoidable circumstances, please call us on 07857630033

I'm expected to be at school on 14th February, what do I do?

If you are expected to be in school on the 14th of February and/or the 27th of March, please speak to your school staff and parent/guardian in good time so that you can arrange the day off. We are able to send a letter to you, for you to pass onto your school/college, if that will help.

Click here for more information.

More useful links

UCL Expand Homepage

UCL Expand FAQs

Get ready for UCL Expand with us!