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 3880 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 3880 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 3880 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 3880 or

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