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Talks and Taster Days 2018/2019

Year 13

Year 13 students should now be making their ‘firm’ and ‘insurance’ choices if they have made a UCAS application and also applying for Student Finance.

Year 12

Year 12 students should be engaging with university research by looking at  the following programmes and taster sessions.

To help you decide which course you would like to study at University, or if you are considering your future career path, there are many talks and taster days which take place throughout the year. 

Attending such talks or events during Year 12 or at the beginning of Year 13 may also prove helpful when writing your personal statement.

Please find below a selection of websites where you can find details of talks, taster days and other careers information. 

Often it is helpful to sign up to receive email alerts of new events (please see disclaimer below*). 

University of London Taster Course Programme  - A very broad range of courses available to give Year 12 a taste of university   https://london.ac.uk/ways-study/study-campus-london/university-taster-courses.

Sutton Trust Summer Schools  - Various subject specific summer schools at leading universities - https://summerschools.suttontrust.com/

UCL Opportunities (linked in the Google Classroom) -  Students can apply now for our next Year 12 Masterclass series and our 2018 Summer Challenge. We are also running a wide range of Residential and Non-Residential Summer Schools for Year 12 students in subjects from the Ancient World to Space Science.


Google Classroom link


“Students have passwords to use ‘Google Classroom’ and within this portal is the ‘Year 12 HE Classroom’. Parents/guardians should ask the students to show them this room and the information linked from it. It includes links to summer schools, personal statement writing guidance, university league tables and the talks delivered at our HE evening.” The login must be xxxxxxxxx@elearning.wansteadhigh.co.uk  (the x’s differ for each student and are usually a combination of first name surname a colour and a number) NB if students are already logged in to Google with a different e-mail account the Google Classroom will not work.”

Useful links 







Russell Group Universities

Oxford www.ox.ac.uk

Cambridge www.cam.ac.uk

LSE www.lse.ac.uk

Kings College www.kings.ac.uk

UCL www.ucl.ac.uk

Imperial www.imperial.ac.uk

Queen Mary University of London www.qmul.ac.uk

Southampton www.southampton.ac.uk

Liverpool www.liverpool.ac.uk

Manchester www.manchester.ac.uk

Leeds www.leeds.ac.uk

Edinburgh www.edinburgh.ac.uk

Glasgow www.glasgow.ac.uk

Nottingham www.nottingham.ac.uk

Birmingham www.birmingham.ac.uk

Warwick www.warwick.ac.uk

Cardiff www.cardiff.ac.uk

Bristol www.bristol.ac.uk

Durham www.durham.ac.uk

Exeter www.exeter.ac.uk

Sheffield www.sheffield.ac.uk

Queens Belfast www.qub.ac.uk

York www.york.ac.uk



Apprenticeships with the Civil Service – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/civil-service-fast-track-apprenticeship

TFL Apprenticeships - https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/careers/apprenticeships


Opportunities at Morgan Stanley
Step in Step up- Female A-level programme
Deadline: 1st June 
Programme dates: 24th-25th July
This two day insight programme provides an in-depth introduction into investment banking alongside a comprehensive overview of how various divisions and roles interact with one another. Participants will gain an understanding of an investment bank's various functions and departments through carefully designed, hands-on skill sessions, a tour of a live trading floor, and unique networking opportunities. Programme attendees will actively learn through case-studies, group presentations, panel sessions, interactive workshops, and networking. Step In, Step Up is held semi-annually in February and July and is intended for female students in years 12 and 13. The next SISU programme will take place on 24-25 July 2018.
The SISU programme has received intensely positive reviews, was shortlisted for the 2013 "Inspiring the Workforce of the Future" Opportunity Now Award, and was featured in a 2014 "Women's Business Council" video as an example of an innovation around diversity.
Mixed Schools Open Day - Deadline: 1st June
Programme date: 26th July
The Mixed Schools Open Day is aimed at all Year 13 students, and consists of interactive workshops and presentations where you'll learn about our Firm and have the opportunity to meet and network with employees at all stages of their careers. Held in July every year, our Mixed Open Day provides students in year 13 with an opportunity to learn about our industry and, more specifically, Morgan Stanley and our culture. In addition to interactive presentations and workshops, the Mixed Open Day includes opportunities to network with business representatives at all career levels across the Firm's various divisions and departments.
Tech Step in Step up- Female Technology Insight Day - Deadline: 1st June
Programme date: 17th July
This one day insight programme provides an oversight into the different technology programmes Morgan Stanley offers, as well as gives participants the opportunity to partake in interactive challenges, panel sessions and career workshops. Technology Step In, Step Up will be held on 17th July and is intended for female students in years 12 and 13.


Courses you can apply for:-

1 .

Oxford University UNIQ Programme www.uniq.ox.uk – Deadline 31st January

2 .

Social Mobility Foundation Aspiring Professionals Programme


University of London Taster Course Programme - https://london.ac.uk/ways-study/study-campus-london/university-taster-courses

4.  Sutton Trust Summer Schools - https://summerschools.suttontrust.com/

Events at Queen Mary University of London for Year 12 Students - http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/teachers/wp/post-gcse/


UCL events for Year 12 Students - http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/widening-participation/activities


LSE Choice - http://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/widening-participation/Sixth-form-college/lse-choice-years-12-13?from_serp=1

For a more comprehensive list of opportunities for Year 12 to engage with as well as, university league tables, open days, personal statement writing guidance and MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) students and parents should be making use of the Google Classroom Higher Education Room which has lots more links than are listed here.

Parents will receive an e-mail inviting them in to the Google Classroom once the students have joined so check your mailboxes and click on the link in the e-mail. If you haven’t received an e-mail either the student has yet to join or we have the wrong e-mail for you. Once parents have clicked the link in the e-mail you can see the full list of opportunities available.

For students the class code which they will need to join the class is tt73x3d. NB Students must log in using their school based google elearning account or this will not work.



(* Whilst we will generally only share information from organisations we have found to provide useful opportunities for our students, we are not recommending or endorsing any of the events/activities so advertised and students are advised to check the terms and conditions of any site they sign up to.