Subject Events for Schools

Individual departments within the University run a series of events for schools and colleges every year. There are subject specific days in English Literature, History, Art and Finance & Investment banking. Find below some of the events that were run for schools and colleges in the academic year 2013/14. 

English Literature


7-9 November

Venue: London Road

Suitable for Year 11, Year 12 students and teachers

Reading Poetry Festival 2014 will bring together many of the most exciting contemporary poets in the UK for three days of readings and discussion at the University of Reading's London Road campus, from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 November. Highlights of the festival include two Remembrance Day events on First World War Poetry and contemporary writing about war, a keynote lecture by prize-winning poet Don Paterson, a showcase reading for a new anthology of poems about female friendship, and events on the centenaries of poets Dylan Thomas and John Berryman. A remarkable selection of poets will be appearing at the festival across the three days, including many prize-winning writers such as Louis de Bernières, Kate Clanchy, Adam Foulds and Frances Leviston, along with many young and emerging poets. See for the full schedule and to book tickets. A 50% concession rate is available for students. For further information, contact Dr Matthew Sperling:

Year 12 Oscar Wilde and Reading Gaol Masterclass

Monday 8th December, 10am - 2.30pm

Venue:  Berkshire Record Office

Following the final closure of Reading Prison earlier this year, the University of Reading and the Berkshire Record Office will be hosting an English Literature Masterclass to coincide with an exhibition on the Prison's history and its iconic part in Wilde's tragedy.

The event is an opportunity for A' level students to see archival materials from the Prison, together with publications relating to Wilde's contribution to literary and cultural life. Working alongside the Irish poet, Conor Carville, participants will get involved in critical and creative work relating to the exhibition. The day also includes mini-lectures by University staff on Wilde's writing, Victorian culture, and identity, all designed to compliment current curriculum whilst giving students a taste of university-style learning.

The event runs from 10.00am to 2.30pm on Monday 8th December, at the Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6AF. Lunch will be provided.

The event is free of charge, but places are limited.  If you would like to book a place please contact Katy Green on We welcome school groups and individuals.


Year 12 Medieval History Day

Run by the departments of History and Archaeology

Monday 15th December, 10am - 3pm

Venue:  Whiteknights Campus

A day of talks, lectures and practical sessions relevant to the AS History and Archaeology curriculum

Students will be able to participate in sessions on the following areas:

  • The archaeology of Crusading
  • Diet & disease in medieval England
  • Medieval Teenagers - practical activity and bone handling
  • Medieval Magic
  • Overhearing Medieval Conversations 
  • Monks and Arthur:  Archeology and history at Glastonbury Abbey

To book a place or to bring a school group please email .  School groups are limited to 15 per school.



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