University taster days

Taster days are designed for students who are thinking about studying at the University of Worcester.
Students socialise in a coffee shop

We offer a range of taster days from subject specific days to general university life taster days, with an emphasis on what to expect from the University of Worcester.

Top tips for your students who are attending a Taster Day

  • Students don’t have to be an expert or have any prior experience in the subject     
  • Students can state that they have attended a taster day in their personal statement, this is a great way to show they have researched the university in more detail      
  • The students are able visit the campus and learn more about what we have to offer       
  • Remind them to bring a packed lunch or money to spend at the cafes on campus

Booking

If you would like to book on to a university Taster Day, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page or visit the booking page here.  

 

 

Student life

A bespoke day organised for your students who will take part in sessions on campus to learn about the benefits of higher education, explore the facilities, find out what it might be like to study at university and answering any worries or concerns they may have. There will also be a choice of a Personal Statement Workshop, Interview Preparation Workshop or Taster Lecture (dependent on availability). The days are run by our team of recent Graduates who can all give a personal and authentic account of university life.

Contact us to arrange a date to suit your needs

Download the event programme [PDF]

Introduction to Studying Biological Sciences at University of Worcester

Thursday 11th February 2021

If you are interested in studying Biological Sciences (Animal Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science, Forensic & Applied Biology, Human Biology, Human Nutrition, Medical Sciences) with us and want to know more, then please join us for this taster event where you can learn about Worcester University and the courses and take part in taster sessions with lecturers who will introduce you to the studying Biological Sciences at University level

The next event is due to take place on 11th February 4.00-6.00pm and to book your place, please visit the booking page here.     

Time

Activity 

Person

16:00 – 16:10

 

An introduction to Biological Sciences at the University of Worcester 

 

Mike Wheeler

16:10 – 16:30

 

Course Talk with interactive Chat Room 

Rob Herbert,

Mike Wheeler

16:30 – 16:50

 

Pandemic Century: What have we learnt?

 

Emma Edwards

16:50-17:00

 

Break

 

 

17:00 – 17:20

Innovative student research in Forensic Science

Kate Unwin

17:20 – 17:40

 

Your diet: Good Medicine or Physiological Carnage? 

 

Laurence Trueman

 

17:40 – 18:00

 

Live Q&A with course team and current students

 

 

Staff and students

          

Accounting and Finance Virtual Taster Event

How accountants have helped organisations respond to COVID-19

Wednesday 24th February 2021

The pandemic has changed life for all of us and organisations have responded in various ways. With us, you will explore examples of how accounting and finance played a crucial role in the management of organisations during 2020. Accounting information can be pivotal to decisions and accountants can help to identify opportunities for organisations. This talk is aimed at showing how a career as an accountant can be rewarding and of great value both as an individual and to organisations. You will also be able to participate in a question-and-answer session at the end of the talk, so please bring questions with you.

The event is due to take place on 24th February, from 6.00pm to 6.45pm and to book your place, please visit the booking page here.         

Time

Activity

6pm – 6.05pm

Welcome and introduction to Accounting and Finance at Worcester

6.05pm – 6.30pm

Talk – Company Responses to COVID-19 - we look at BrewDog, where the management accountant helped to shape a change in product line.

6.30pm – 6.45pm

Q&A with Course Leader Steph Tiller

 

Education Studies and Special Education

 Education and Inequality – why study Education?

Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Education is controversial. Covid has unearthed education’s connections to social care, health, politics, religion, race, disability and social class. Covid has shown that education is not equal for everyone; whether it’s a lack of access to the internet and computers, the success (or not) of home schooling, access to resources at home such as books and supportive adults, or how schools have managed teaching during the pandemic, plus the HUGE debacle over exam results

Education is certainly CONTROVERSIAL! 

Degrees in Education Studies and Special Educational Needs Disability and Inclusion (SENDI) at Worcester offer chances to debate and explore all of these areas and much more. Join us for a virtual taster session where we will debate current news headlines and really get to the heart of the issues! ALL opinions welcome – we mean it. Bring YOUR view, YOUR experiences and YOUR ideas as we explore controversies in Education.

The event is due to take place on 23rd February, from 5.00pm to 6.00pm and to book your place, please visit the booking page here.           

Time

Activity 

5pm

Introduction to who we are and what we do plus meet the course leaders and students. 

5.10pm

All together: Education and Controversy – why study Education? 

5.20pm

Group Activity: Exploring the news course group activity. 

5.40pm

All together: Q&A with students – get the real low down! 

 

English Literature Virtual Taster Event ‘Ghosts, murder and mutation’: pandemic in Young Adult literature’

Thursday 28th January 2020, 5.30pm

The value of reading outside the ‘A’ level curriculum can be overlooked, however, Young Adult writers have variously produced novels which give insight into how a pandemic can affect a society. Tragically this pandemic is not the only such event in history. ‘The Black Death’ swept across Europe from 1347 to 1351, followed by ‘The Great Plague’, 1665-1666, and ‘The Spanish Flu pandemic’, 1918-1920.

These life-changing events have stimulated historical fiction for older children, teenage readers and adults; writers have also employed memoirs, ghost stories, murder mysteries and dystopian science fiction to explore the effects of pandemics on individuals and societies.

The talk will cover a range of ‘pandemic’ novels and open up questions about how teenagers and young adults might deal with, be valued and contribute to their society and will be given by Prof Jean Webb, Director of the International Forum for Research in Children’s Literature.          

The event is due to take place on 28th January, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and to book your place, please visit the booking page here.                          

Time

Item 

5.30 – 6:15pm

‘Ghosts, murder and mutation’: pandemic in Young Adult literature.’

6:15-6:30pm  

Q and A    

 

 

Film, Media and Television Masterclass

Thursday 25th February at 10.00 to 11.30am

Ahead of ‘Line of Duty’ Series 6, the University of Worcester School of Arts is delighted to bring you an exclusive event with Executive Producer, Simon Heath.

Born and bred in Birmingham, Simon’s career began in 1993 as script editor and writer on the BBC teen drama Byker Grove. He went on to create and write Ant & Dec’s early series for the BBC and C4. Simon joined World Productions in 1997, where he became Head of Drama in 2002 and Creative Director and CEO in 2009. 

Simon is best known as the Executive Producer of the acclaimed police corruption drama, Line of Duty. The Season 5 finale of which became the most watched TV show of 2019. 

He was also the Executive Producer for BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy nominated political thriller Bodyguard, the highest rated drama of the decade. 

In 2018, Simon executive produced the critically acclaimed, BAFTA nominated Save Me for Sky Atlantic which was the fastest binged Sky boxset series ever and the winner of the 2019 RTS Award for Best Drama. 

World Productions’ was named 2019 Production Company of Year at both the Broadcast and Edinburgh TV Festival Awards.

This is an one-off exclusive masterclass for those of you who may be interested in a career in the film, television or media industry. It is also for you if you are a fan of the brilliant ‘Line of Duty’! 

The event will take place on Thursday 25th February at 10.00 to 11.30am and to book your place, please visit the booking page here

Geography “The Science and Politics of Climate Change” Virtual Taster Event

 Thursday 4th February, 4.30 – 6.15pm

This online session is suitable for anyone considering studying Geography. During the session you will find out more about our range of accredited Geography courses, including those features that make our programmes special. The latter includes a practical, hands-on emphasis throughout and an outstanding fieldwork programme. You will also get to meet current staff and students, ask questions and take part in a short taster session.

We will send you a link to join the session once you have registered. To participate, you will need to have speakers/headphones. A working microphone and webcam would be helpful. You will also need to use Google Chrome.

If you have any concerns about accessibility, please do get in touch.

The event is due to take place on 4th February, from 4.30pm to 6.15pm and to book your place, please visit the booking page here

Time

Item 

4.30 – 5.00pm

Welcome and Introduction to Geography at Worcester

5.00 – 5.45pm

Taster Session: The Science and Politics of Climate Change.

Activities explore current evidence for human-induced climate change and examine the challenges to tackling this complex issue.

5.45 – 6.15pm

Q&A with staff and students 

          

Primary Initial Teacher Education Virtual Taster Event

Wednesday 10th February 2021

This Primary Teaching Taster session is suitable for anyone considering studying Primary Teaching. The session will be held virtually, and we will send you a link to join the session once you have registered. During the session you will find about more about the Primary Teaching course and placements; get to meet current staff and students; ask questions and take part in a short taster session.

To book your place, please visit the booking page here

Time

Activity 

4pm

Welcome and Introduction to Primary Teaching at Worcester

4:20

Q&A with current students

4:50

Taster session: - Find out how we teach the Computing curriculum to children as young as 5! Engage in an activity using ‘Beebots’

5:20

Final questions with staff and students


The Role of Psychology in Helping the Environment

Virtual Taster Event

The role of psychology in understanding and addressing climate change is not yet widely recognised, despite the fact it can clearly make a positive contribution. In this taster event, two psychology lecturers at the University of Worcester will therefore present how their interests and research can make a difference to how we view and tackle the modern issues facing mankind in protecting our planet.

As a psychologist, Maxine is interested in the ways that people's feelings relate to their choices, the decisions they make, and their behaviours. Maxine’s presentation will explore how and why climate change should be viewed through the lens of Psychology.

Daniel is interested in how our social world affects how well we cooperate with each other, and as part of this he will present details of recent research he has conducted that shows how being ‘environmentally friendly’ has direct benefits for individuals as well as for the planet.

The taster session will be held on Thursday 28th January at 6.00pm to 7.00pm and to book your place, please visit the booking page here

Time

Activity 

6:00pm – 6:10pm

Introduction and Welcome (Dr Daniel Farrelly)

6:10pm – 6:30pm

Psychology and Climate Change (Dr Maxine Watkins)

6:30pm – 6:50pm

Being Seen to be Green: The Role of Mate Choice in Shaping Pro-Environmental Behaviours (Dr Daniel Farrelly)

6:50pm – 7:00pm

Q + A, and General Discussion (Drs Maxine Watkins & Daniel Farrelly)

 

Sociology, and Sociology with Politics Virtual Lecture Series

The Winter/Spring lecture series brings together insights from across our Sociology and Sociology with Politics courses at the University of Worcester, with lectures that are both entry-level and research specific. These public facing lectures are open to school, college, and university students, applicants, fellow academics, and members of the public, so please do come along and get involved.

The lecture series takes place in our virtual classroom. Depending on your preference, you can either sit back and enjoy the lecture, or get involved at the end when there will be time for Q & A and sharing of ideas.

The lectures will take place on Wednesdays at 6.00pm to 6.45pm and to book your place at any of the events, please visit the booking page here.

Dates

Title

Speaker

20 January 2021

Sigmund Freud and the Paranormal 

Dr Luke Devine

27 January 2021

The Sociology of the Late-Victorian Vampire

Kathryn Devine

3 February 2021

Plato, Political Sociology, and the Ideal Polis

Dr Luke Devine

10 February 2021

Darwin, Social Darwinism, and the Political Sociology of 'Race' and its Legacy

Dr Luke Devine

17 February 2021

Digital Activism: Can It Change the World?

Holly Barnes-Bennetts

10 March 2021

Rapid Social Change in Every Area of Life: Spectacular Insights from Sociology

Mike Webb

17 March 2021

The Sociology of the Revolutionary between Luxemburg and Lenin

Dr Luke Devine

31 March 2021

The Sociological Imagination Today

Simon Hardy

14 April 2021

The Coronavirus Crisis through the Lens of Foucault's 'Medical Gaze'

Dr Luke Devine

28 April 2021

Pre-Raphaelite Art and First-Wave Feminism

Dr Luke Devine

5 May 2021

The Politics of Jack the Ripper

Kathryn Devine

19 May 2021

Westminster, First-Past-the-Post and 'Representative' Politics

Dr Luke Devine

 

 

 

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