Y12: The importance of Open Days

Open days are essential for students who are considering a university application. They allow students to see what universities actually look like, to meet academics and students and to ask questions about their subject and university life. Subject-specific sessions are also useful, but general open days allow students to get a better sense of what being a student is actually like.

Most universities have their open days on Saturday this year and we recommend Y12s visits at least two London universities over the next few months – they are nearby and they only need to stay for a couple of hours. You are welcome to accompany them or they can go with friends. 

Most institutions are asking students to register in advance so they can manage numbers. Please make sure your child does this. If an open day falls in school time, absence will be authorised – please ask your child to show Ms Lyons this booking.

Some upcoming University open days in London

Theses are all in person unless otherwise stated

More information is available on each university's website.

We also recommend visiting at least one university outside of London so students can make a comparison. If they are not able to, Royal Holloway has a beautiful campus in Surrey easily and cheaply accessible by public transport and acts as a good contrast to the more city-based universities.


Independent Y12 and Y13 opportunities

Y13 Highgate Chrysalis Teaching Fellow
Starts 22 August

A brilliant opportunity to join Highgate staff for a year as a Teaching Fellow. Chrysalis Fellows are responsible for delivering teaching projects run by Highgate, plus admin, planning, running and assessing these projects.  The position is best suited for someone on a gap year or applying to university in 2023, and supports flexible working around this. 
Email Recruitment@highgateschool.org.uk for an application form and full job description.

Y12 University of Reading Pathways to Property Summer School
25–28 July (closing 31 May)

A free summer school for anyone interested in a degree/apprenticeship and career in the property industry – all accommodation, travel & food is covered! Experience life on campus, attend lectures, go on site visits and learn more about the industry. Application close 31 May – sign up here

Y12 Education Projects UCAT Workshop
Wednesday 8 June, 7pm online

A free workshop for students taking the UCAT medical admissions exam this year, covering all aspects of the assessment and how to prepare for and sit it. This is essential for any student applying to a university that requires a UCAT.

Morgan Stanley Step In, Step up Programme
29 July at 9am

A programme for female-identifying students who are interested in studying STEM subjects. This one-day workshop at the Morgan Stanley offices is designed to give an insight into the different tech programmes Morgan Stanley offers alongside interactive challenges, workshops and panel sessions. Sign up here

Work and Apprenticeship Pathways Students

If you are planning on looking for an apprenticeship in 2022, start checking https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship or Unifrog regularly and researching roles you would like to apply for. I am available for apprenticeship advice for Y12 or Y13 students and families – just get in touch.

New opportunities this week

Y13 Camden jobs and skills event at Camden House LABS 
19 May 10am–4pm

Meet job and training providers, talk to employers and recruiters, engage in mini interviews, have your CV reviewed and find local jobs and courses. This is an essential event for anyone not going to university and looking for a job/training next year. Register here.

Dentsu Media event
Friday 1 July

Want to work in media industries? Come along and take part in activities to prepare you for job applications, interviews and technical and creative media roles, plus access to the Early Talent scheme. Sign up here

Laura Stanley
Pathways and Progress Leader