Subject Specific Outreach Offer – 2023/24

Space Week

Space School is once again running at the University of Kent, now revamped as Space Week! This non-residential work experience will run from 7-11 August on our Canterbury campus and is aimed at students between 14-18 years old.

In this five-day event, students will run their very own ‘mission to space’. In teams, they will design, build, and launch rockets for their space mission, led by some of our fantastic academic staff. They will also carry out additional mini research projects and take part in a reverse funding panel with some of our PhD students. There will be a public rocket launch (weather permitting) and research presentation session, to which teachers, families, and supporters are warmly invited.

Space Week is completely free to attend, with lunch provided to all applicants. However, applicants will be expected to make their own way to and from campus. If needed, the university can contribute towards the travel costs.

Sign-ups are now open for individual students! The deadline for applications is midnight on 11 June. We will review all applications after this and will get back to you by 25 June.  The form can be found here.

Spaces are limited, so we will be prioritising applications from students who meet one or more of our targeting criteria. For more information on these, please visit our website.

The application form itself should not take more than 30 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions about this programme, feel free to email Megan at

We look forward to welcoming your students to Space Week!


GCSE Science Practicals 

On each of these visits, students will be offered the opportunity to complete a more advanced version of a GCSE Combined Science / Trilogy required practical in a university setting.

Each practical will be offered as a full-day visit to our Canterbury campus with opportunities to work in and view university laboratories, talk with academics on how their research builds upon what is taught in the curriculum, and discuss the real-life applications of the relevant practical.

Due to limited lab capacity, each practical will only be offered once a year. Additionally, the capacity for each practical will vary depending on the individual lab’s limitations.

We currently still have availability for our Physics and Chemistry sessions at our Canterbury campus. These will be held on the 16th and 17th of July.

You can reserve a place by following this link.

Places will be limited to 15 students per school initially, for a maximum of four schools. We may be able to expand on this, depending on demand, but preference will be given to groups who meet our targeting criteria outlined in the form linked above.

Please email if you have any questions.


A-Level Chemistry Workshops

Join us on our Canterbury campus for a 3-hour Chemistry taster! Featuring workshops on Thermodynamics, Entropy, and Crystal Structure, this session is intended to support these topics for your A-Level students, with additional support sessions on university applications.

The workshops will be run on 24 June and 15 July. You can indicate a preference for either date when booking, or we will allocate you a date based on availability.

We hope to see you very soon!

Follow this link to book your place.


Public Physics Talks

The department of Physics and Astronomy has organised a series of public talks. The next one in the series will be help in London on 5 June. Prominent experimental physicist, Prof.Ali Yazdani from Princeton University, will give his talk on ‘The Secret life of Electrons’, perfect for budding physicists! For more information, please see the event page here.


Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

From 2-7 July, the Royal Society in London is hosting their Summer Science Exhibition. On 3 July, the University of Kent will be running 2 liquid nitrogen demonstrations. There will also be stalls focussing on STEM careers and research. A great opportunity for budding scientists in Years 10 and above. For more information and to book tickets, please visit the website here.


Sixth Form Conference

We are pleased to announce our Sixth Form Conference for Maths, Physics and Engineering. This will take place at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus on Wednesday 10th July 2024.  The conference will feature talks and hands-on activities related to mathematics, data science, actuarial science, physics and engineering.

I am writing to invite you to bring along a group of Year 12 pupils to attend the conference. The conference is open to all pupils who are in year 12 studying A level Maths or IB Mathematics or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches at HL.

More information, including details of some of the conference activities, can be found here.

For more information including a full list of topics, please see the flyer that you can pass on to pupils.

This event is free to attend and we hope to be able to arrange parking on site for school mini-busses. (Please let us know by email if you need me to arrange parking.) Places are limited. Please use the online form to reserve places for your school. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.