Post-16 Outreach Offer – 2023/24

Spotlight Onnon-residential subject summer school days

In our last bulletin, the post-16 team shared with you the launch of Spotlight On – our new programme of subject-based, non-residential summer school days. Running from Monday 24th to Friday 28th June, we are pleased to announce our full list of subjects below.

Just to remind you, the days are designed to introduce year 12 students to both the academic and non-curricular side of university life. They provide a perfect opportunity to experience the feel of a summer school, without needing to stay overnight. Our ‘university in a day’ tasters will run from 10am until 7.30pm. Students will immerse themselves in a programme of academic content from University of Kent academics in their chosen subject, together with extra-curricular activities, running into the evening.

Full details of the days are as follows:

Monday 24 June:

  • Law– a session introducing the legal system (focussing on a topical legal issue), followed by a practical negotiation session. Attendees will be able to experience our Moot Court.
  • Engineering– this day will feature a tour of our engineering laboratories (including our very own Omron robot), an academic talk, an inverted pendulum workshop, and a talk on careers within digital design.

Tuesday 25 June:

  • Bioscience – this visit will focus on cancer research, including two academic talks on why cancer is so difficult to cure and the development of cancer drugs, alongside a debating workshop looking at the ethics of animal testing within cancer research.
  • Forensics– sessions to include finger printing workshop, a chance to see our UK-leading facilities, and contextual careers talk.
  • Architecture – details to be fully confirmed nearer the time but the session will include an outdoor site visit and will collaborate with academics from the Spatial Interiors course.

Wednesday 26 June:

  • Physics– details to be confirmed closer to the time, but the sessions will include a computational physics workshop, a chance to see the facilities, and a careers insight
  • Computing– this day will feature two academic talks, one covering the history of computer science from ancient Babylon to quantum computing and the other collision detection in game design, alongside a debating workshop around AI and a careers talk.

Thursday 27 June:

  • Chemistry – Sessions to include a taster of undergraduate practicals in the teaching labs, and an overview of career pathways following studying Chemistry.
  • Sports – this visit will give you the opportunity to see our sport science laboratories, create your own sports drink, test your reaction time, and learn how a degree in sports science can allow you to both support top athletes and individuals recovering from injuries.

Friday 28 June:

  • Creative Writing – this day will feature a series of writing workshops, a mock literature seminar, and a talk about all the strange and wonderful things you can do with a degree in creative writing.
  • Business– an interactive ‘Hire or Fire’ day, with an additional session on sustainable business. The day will conclude with a contextual careers in business talk.

Most of our subjects have a maximum of 25-30 students.

Schools can book places for groups of students, but we are also very happy to receive direct applications from students who would like to attend as individuals. All food and transport costs will be provided. 

To book, please scan the QR code on the accompanying poster. The deadline for application is Friday 24th May. 

If you have any queries about any aspect of the event, please do get in touch with us at and we will answer any questions that you have.


Exploring University visit days

Part of our Journey to Uni programme, year 12 students on our Exploring University visit days will experience an immersive and fun day on our Canterbury campus. Supported by our student ambassadors, they will explore the extra-curricular side of university life, and have an opportunity to investigate what they might like from their own university experience.

There are four main sections to the day:

University Life: An introduction to student life at university, where do students live, socialise, study?

What can you study at university?: An introduction to university subjects, how they are taught and how to research degrees on UCAS.

Campus Tour: Student ambassadors lead tours of university facilities.

University: Not just a place to study! An introduction to what extra-curricular activities students can get involved in.

We have space available on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 8 May
  • Wednesday 15 May

Students will experience a free lunch on the day from one of our campus outlets, which they will eat in our nightclub, The Venue, giving them an opportunity to feel part of campus life. Please note, transport costs are available for these days.

For a list of all post-16 outreach activities click here.

University of Kent 2024 Applicants

For all students who have applied for the 2024 entrance, please click here to find more information for bookable activities.