Information, advice and guidance events

The Reading Outreach team runs a schedule of information, advice and guidance (IAG) sessions each year targeted specifically at those involved in giving HE advice to students in schools and colleges in the UK and overseas. As an advisor, you can access this work in a number of ways depending upon whether you are entirely new to the process, want to top up your knowledge of developments in UKHE, or want to know more about admissions/subject developments at the University of Reading.


Undergraduate Open Days

Open Days are a great opportunity for your students to find out about the types of courses offered at university, student finance, accommodation and student life, amongst other things. Open Days can also help teachers and advisors keep up to date with the HE sector so that you can offer guidance to your students on the courses they could study and the opportunities they will gain by studying at university. More information about the Open Day as well as the online booking form for individuals can be found here:

If you would like to bring a school group to an Open Day, please contact Nyola Stewart on +44 (0) 118 378 6586 or


Talks and workshops

HE talks for schools and colleges

We give talks for students, parents and advisors on a regular basis, subject to availability and demand! These can take place either during lesson time or in the evening, as part of an HE or careers evening. Talks typically last between 30 and 45 minutes. Topics include:

  • Why go to university? - the benefits of Higher Education
  • Choosing a university
  • Choosing a course
  • How to make the most of UCAS fairs/Open Days
  • The UCAS application process
  • Effective personal statements - what do Admissions Tutors look for?
  • Tuition fees and student loans - how it all works
  • Student life (given by a current Student Ambassador)
  • Surviving the first year at university (by a current Student Ambassador)

To arrange a talk, please contact us on +44 (0)118 378 5439 or

HE workshops

Drawing on our IAG experience, we also run a number of hands-on workshops for secondary school/FE college students. Tailored to the needs and level of the group concerned, these require the active participation of those involved. Delivered on campus or at your own premises, these typically last between 45 minutes and one hour. Topics cover:

  • Analysing personal statements
  • How to write your personal statement
  • Budgeting and student finance (by a current Student Ambassador)

For more details or to arrange a workshop, please contact us on +44 (0)118 378 5439 or

Bespoke campus visits for schools and collegesIAGPicture

To give your students a real sense of what being at university is about, we would always recommend that you bring them on to campus if at all possible. To that end, we also offer the above talks as part of a bespoke campus visit.

For more details or to arrange a campus visit, please contact us on +44 (0)118 378 5439 or

UNet Partnership and Conference

The University of Reading is a member of UNet, a partnership of six leading universities (Bath, Cardiff, Oxford, Reading, Southampton and Imperial College London). UNet works to offer extra support to sixth form and college students from families without a background of university study, by proving young people with information about studying at university and making competitive applications. For further information please visit the UNet website

UNet partners organise an annual Choices Conference for students planning to make an application to a leading university in the region. This year the conference will be held at the University of Reading on Friday 24 June 2016. Students have the opportunity to attend a number of sessions giving them information on choosing the right course, writing effective personal statements and managing their money whilst a student. There will also be the chance for students to attend a HE fair to meet representatives from each of the UNet universities as well as discussing student life with current students.

This year we are inviting teachers to attend the UNet Conference and offering a specific strand for teachers. Teachers will have the opportunity to find out about:

  • the affect that post-16 qualification reform is having on schools and universities
  • how to support their students in choosing the right course and university
  • how to assist students in making competitive applications to leading universities
  • the range of additional outreach programmes offered by universities to support students

Teachers will also be able to join the students at the HE Fair and meet university representatives, as well as touring the University of Reading campus and chatting to student ambassadors from all six UNet institutions. To find out more about the UNet Teachers Conference please click here UNet Teachers Conference. To book a place on the Teachers Conference please email Claire Challis on

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