Subject Events for Schools

Individual departments within the University run a series of events for schools and colleges every year.  Find below some of the events that are run for schools and colleges.  There are subject specific days in English Literature, History, Art and Finance & Investment banking.

University preview day:  English Literature: Gothic Masterclass

Date: Monday 30 June 2014

Whiteknights Campus:  Humanities and Social Sciences Building

This event invites Year 12 students to study English Literature at university for a day. We will look in detail at the atmospheric short story 'Green Tea', by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.

Research-active academics will guide:

• two mini-lectures, exploring context and biography, and Victorian medicine and mysticism;

• seminars, practising close-reading in small groups;

• a workshop, discussing the narrative frame;

• writing practice, planning an essay on Gothic literature.

This event is free of charge.

Places are limited, and will be allocated according to a brief application form

2014 Gothic masterclass

2014 Gothic Application Form

Art & Design Portfolio Day

Date: Thursday 10 July 2014   deadline for application Friday 20 June

Location : Department of Art, Whiteknights Campus

Reading University's Art and Design Portfolio Preparation workshop will focus on personal attention and deliver a bespoke work of Art.

We will guide you through a choice of practical projects in different subjects and encourage you to develop your own ideas as you discover a range of creative skills.

You will learn how to research your subject and solve problems creatively - and develop a critical awareness of your work and artistic practices.

The application process to Foundation or BA courses can be a difficult and a daunting process. This course is suitable to those who need to prepare their portfolio and get ready for interviews. Regardless of your experience or ability this course will help you to develop more work and give you advice on portfolio

Open for all levels and abilities.

Add to your portfolio from a range of 4 subjects options:

Making an Animation Workshop.

How are animated gifs and animations produced? We will look at excerpts from Hollywood and Manga films, discussing how the scenes are structured. You will then produce an animated clip in the Department of Art and output it as a video file.

"A day with letters" Design Workshop.

How do letters appear on your phone's screen? And why do they look different from one site or app to the next? How are they made, and what are the possible styles? Spend a day exploring the design of letters for communication by sketching and making mockups of a smartphone application - and examining some of the nest contemporary work in type design.

'A Creature in a Cup' interactive Sculpture Workshop.

This workshop will give you hands-on experience with technology, introducing you to simple electronics (using littleBits, explored through creative art based workshops.

Using everyday materials, with an accompanying discussion of some ideas considering temporary, interactive artworks, you will create 'A Creature in a Cup'.

The electronics will give you the chance to bring your cup to life, (e.g. using little Bits your creature could make synthesised sounds in response to a sensor, could link to a series of LED lights, trigger movement, activate a motor... its up to your imagination).

On the day we will explore how electronics can bring simple everyday materials to life, these creatures will exist just for a day, their movements, shapes, sounds will be captured in a short video recording their life cycle from cup to creature.

Wood block Printing Workshop.

Wood block printing is the most ancient form of print making, which has a history stretching from China to Western Europe over nearly 2000 years.

In this introductory class we will explore the history of printing through a short lecture and discussion as well as creating and printing our own blocks. All materials will be provided and students should finish the lesson with a series of printed images of their own original design.

Application form for Art & Design Portfolio Day 2014

Please complete the application form and return to Amy Wigham, Student Recruitment & Outreach, University of Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AH or scan and email  Places are limited so please apply early.

ICMA Centre Stock Market Trading Competition

Date: Monday 23 June 2014

Location:  ICMA Centre, The Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus

For further detail please see the flyer below.

Share dealing competition 

To book please complete the online form:


Exploring History Summer School

Date: Thursday 3 July & Friday 4 July 2014

Whiteknights Campus: Humanities and Social Sciences Building

The theme of this year's programme is Exploring History and we would like to invite History students who are making the transition from AS Level to A Level and considering studying History at university to join us for one of our one-day sessions. Each programme will be packed full of exciting and innovative source-based sessions. Through hands on experience, students will learn how to analyse the unconventional source - the sample programme gives you an idea, but we could be looking at anything from films to punk, from pamphlets to castles. The exact programme will depend on the day booked, but all will include both modern history and at least one earlier topic. Students will also get a chance to interact with some of Britain's leading historical brains and find out what History at university is all about.

Sessions will run on the following days between 10am and 4pm:

1) Thursday 3 July

2) Friday 4 July

We hope that the students who come along will be considering studying History at university; the day will give a real taster of what university study is like, and some of our students will also be around to talk about their experiences. Depending on numbers, we may have to restrict the number of places offered per school. Teachers are welcome to attend if you wish, and whether you come or not we are always keen to hear from you - please do email if you would like to be put on our mailing list about events in History, or if you have any questions or suggestions about activities for schools or the transition to university.

If you are interested in Summer School places for your school, please email us at

Exploring History Summer School 2014 


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