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Our academic colleagues regularly give research talks on psychology, clinical language sciences, and health care and wellbeing at schools, both locally and nationally. The School offers many opportunities to students of different backgrounds, enabling them to engage with the University of Reading and the subjects taught. 

The different initiatives that are part of the Outreach and Widening Participation Programme include:

  • taster lectures on psychology and language sciences at our Psychology Taster Days, giving students the chance to immerse themselves in the subject for a day and find out what it’s like to learn with us at Reading
  • webinars for both home and international undergraduate and postgraduate prospects
  • mock interviews at schools, helping potential applicants navigate the University application process
  • networking sessions, specifically for applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, to meet our academics at our Access Reading event
  • work experience opportunities for students who wish to gain hands-on experience in research or clinical practice
  • psychology careers days at sixth form colleges.

We also organise and deliver academic sessions for the University’s flagship Widening Participation Programme, the Reading Scholars Programme, enabling Year 12 students from a variety of different underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds to experience University life on campus. These sessions are normally held in February (welcome event), March (academic strand day) and July (four-day residential).

Please get in touch with our Outreach and Widening Participation Lead, Dr Fang Liu, if you are interested in any of the above opportunities.