Outreach for Schools and Colleges

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The College of Life and Environmental Sciences offer an array of outreach activities with the aim of imparting knowledge, raising aspirations, and inspiring young people to fulfil their potential. 

Within Biosciences a range of our activities take place on campus, enabling you to see our exceptional facilities, ample study space and beautiful grounds, all of which make the University of Birmingham a unique and exciting place to study. Alternatively, we may be able to deliver talks and workshops at your school or college.

We recognise the value in developing key relationships with schools and colleges in order to support the school curriculum and student knowledge. If you would like more information about what we can offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us on the email below:

For non-subject specific enquiries e.g. higher education fairs, careers fairs and general presentations. Please email studentrecruitment@contacts.bham.ac.uk

For subject specific outreach support; ranging from lecture series, revision sessions, taster lectures, masterclasses, and Q&A sessions. Please contact les.outreach@contacts.bham.ac.uk

The Trees in Time Lecture Series for Schools is now live!

This mini lecture series has been created by our very own PhD students and is aimed to give students curriculum-based knowledge of trees in time. There are 8 episodes within our mini lecture series with topics ranging from ‘Forest Diversity’ to ‘Nitrogen in Forest Soils’.

Why not get involved by watching our curriculum linked mini lectures, made by PhD students for your pupils!

Link to the canvas page

Link to full playlist on Youtube

Opportunities and activities for students

Our Outreach and Student Recruitment teams work with schools and colleges to help students explore the world of higher education and decide on the best route for their future. We work particularly closely with state schools in the West Midlands on a range of outreach activities to raise aspirations, improve motivation and encourage students to consider university. 

Find out more.


Talks and workshops

  • Scientific talks: Our lecturers will visit your school to give talks on a variety of scientific topics, usually at no cost to you.
  • Careers talks: We visit schools to talk about university admissions and careers in the Biosciences.

If you are interested in the above, please email us at les.outreach@contacts.bham.ac.uk


Masterclasses are designed to enhance and extend students understanding of a chosen topic within Biosciences.  The School of Biosciences, in conjunction with the University of Birmingham Subject Enrichment Programme, runs a series of masterclasses for Year 10, 11 and 12 pupils. 

Find out more about the masterclasses within the School of Biosciences.

We also run webinars as part of the University of Birmingham Shape your Future live webinar series, for school/college students who are thinking of applying for university or have interests in Biosciences.

Find out more about the Shape your Future live webinar series.

Open Days

Our undergraduate Open Days give you the perfect opportunity to hear first-hand from our current students and teaching staff about living and learning in Birmingham.

Find out more about Open Days at the University of Birmingham.

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