Primary school activities

Over the past four years the University of Bristol has been working with primary schools in the local area to introduce the idea of university to students at a young age. We have been involved in projects with groups from Years 5 to 6 based in the local area.

Student ambassadors

Our senior student ambassadors are specially trained in primary-level engagement work and together form our Primary Outreach Team, coordinating and delivering our outreach work in local primary schools. All student ambassadors have also been vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The first stage of the programme takes place at school where students meet the student ambassador who will be working with them (all student ambassadors are fully trained and have been vetted by the Criminal Records Bureau).

The student ambassador helps students work towards producing an individual ‘University Big Book’. The first session briefly introduces the concept of university by gathering the students' thoughts on university. There are games and activities exploring some of the words and ideas associated with university as students work towards completing the first section of their ‘Big Book.’

School visit

Ambassadors from our Primary Outreach Team will visit the school and undertake activities with the students designed to introduce the concept of university. Taking direction from the national curriculum, the session is designed as a morning or afternoon two and a half hour session that aims to guide the pupils through the opportunities that are available to them as they go through secondary school and beyond. The main focus will be on university and careers; we will also aim to discuss GCSEs, A-levels and apprenticeships in a fun way. Sessions are designed for groups of 40 pupils and under. If necessary, we are happy to run multiple sessions to accommodate larger groups.


The in-school sessions give students the opportunity to spend the day with a trained student ambassador who can give enormous insight into what it is really like to attend university. The days are designed to address any misconceptions young people may have about university, but more generally they are intended to raise the aspirations of the young people we work with.

Talks for primary schools

Find out about the subject and introduction to university talks we give to pupils and their parents/carers.

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