Activities and events

The University of Bristol is committed to the principles of widening participation and community engagement. We work in partnership with a variety of organisations and institutions, such as the Sutton Trust and IntoUniversity, with the aim to inspire young people to raise their aspirations and increase their awareness of higher education.

The UK Student Recruitment Team work with departments across the University to deliver a variety of centralised outreach activities for schools and colleges, such as the Access to Bristol Scheme and our range of summer schools.

Many departments also offer comprehensive schools and colleges liaison activity programmes. The departments listed to the right have a dedicated website for schools and colleges. For more information please contact our UK Student Recruitment Manager, Doug Jennings.

Upcoming Events


Engineering work experience

Excellent opportunity for students interested in the creative applications of Science and Mathematics. In particular we are looking to attract applications from female students.

We have an exciting week planned, giving you an insight into the world class research undertaken in the departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Engineering Mathematics.

The week will include, lab visits, making robots, inspiring  seminars  and experiments, including hands-on workshops. More information is available on the Faculty of Engineering's web page.


Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS puts on a very large range of Chemistry related outreach activities throughout the year, ranging from practical workshops and lecture demonstrations for school groups through to residential chemistry camps for individuals, and can take place in schools or at the University.

Activities are provided for a range of age groups from primary school to post 16 students.

For more information please contact

Biology Taster Session

Location: Life Sciences Building

The brand new Life Sciences Building is hosting a Biology Taster Day for groups of students in Year 7 to Year 9, who are attending state schools in the local area.

They are currently running a variety of workshops including sessions in analysing local river samples, investigating mammalian skulls and a range of other sessions that will allow students to explore the subject area.

Further information about the day can be found via the School of Biological Sciences website.

School talks

The University of Bristol is very happy to provide talks to students, staff and parents in sixth forms and colleges in our local area. 

Talks can cover a wide range of topics, from ‘The UCAS Process’ and ‘How to Write a Personal Statement’ through to ‘Student Life’ and ‘Student Finance’. 

We are always happy to tailor our talks to your needs where possible.  If you would like further information or to book a talk, please contact

Physics outreach

Our School of Physics can provide a broad variety of outreach activities, ranging from practical workshops in our teaching labs through to speakers in your school or college. 

There is normally a charge for these activities but there may be some funding available to work with your school. 

Please check our website for further information, or contact us on


Speakezee enables teachers to invite local academic experts to come and give talks about their research to pupils. It was highlighted in the recent Guardian article about the problems of common educational “neuromyths” where neuroscientists visited schools to explain why neuromyths (e.g. “learning styles”) did not work. Ideally audiences should be at least 40 in size and talks are best suited for 15+ years. Speakers are free for state schools. Speakezee also offers a curated service for independent schools for which there is a charge to support the platform and target specific topics.

Smart Cities Challenge - Year 9

How cities work is changing rapidly. Developments in software, hardware and telecom networks are enabling more interaction between people and places. In the future citizens will have more ability to interact, work and play with their city. Using data sensors, smart city technologies we will be able to respond in real-time to everyday events including congestion, waste management, entertainment events, e-democracy, energy supply and more. Bristol is working towards being the world’s first open programmable city.  During the day participants will work in small teams to create the Smart City of the future.

If you would like to register your interest in this event please email:

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