Extracurricular Activities & Events

Annual Year 8 STEMLive Event – Mission to Mars


STEMLive is Cardiff University's exciting annual year 8 STEM enrichment day, the current theme is 'Mission to Mars'. The hands-on event gives students the opportunity to explore and solve problems of how to reach and colonise Mars. From impact craters, to programming rovers, and building sustainable houses on the red planet, students will by challenged by university researchers from all STEM disciplines to complete their mission. All abilities are encourage to attend. For more information about the event email peengin@cardiff.ac.uk


Cancer Awareness Activity


This highly interactive and visual outreach activity is run by a team of School of Biosciences undergraduate facilitators . Each facilitator will run a 40-50 minute session with their own individual group of 6-8 pupils. This activity aims to demystify this complex disease, highlighting risk factors, why cancers form and how they can can spread through the body and existing and possible future treatments. This includes showcasing research from our European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute. This activity includes questions directly linked with either the Year 10 or Year 12 biology specification.


Cardiff BookTalk


Cardiff BookTalk is a University book group with a difference: we discuss expert perspectives and readers’ views about the big ideas in a range of classic and contemporary fiction. Open to teachers and students Cardiff BookTalk is managed the School of English, Communication and Philosophy. BookTalkers listen to diverse interdisciplinary research topics which expand on themes in the very best classic and contemporary literature. Each speaker addresses the books from their own specialism, and this can lead to fascinating insights about the literary, social and cultural implications of the novels we read. The talks, given by University academics who are specialists in their field, as well as other expert speakers, will be followed by an open discussion session with the audience, and we want as many people to share their perspectives as possible. If you’re interested in discussing the big ideas behind great books, and want to discover new ways of looking at novels, then join us for our next session!


Cardiff Racing


Every year engineering students from Cardiff design and build a racing car so that we can compete internationally in the Formula Student championships. Our team can bring one of our cars into your school and explain the different aspects of the event and how we design, manufacture and test it. It is an excellent way discuss the creative and critical thinking skills needed in an engineering career and to encourage pupils participating In F1 in schools or other similar initiatives. We can also offer Q&A Skype sessions with the Cardiff Racing team for schools where travel costs are prohibitive.


Cardiff University Open Days 2019


Open Day visits are a must for any student thinking of studying at Cardiff. Whether it’s the majestic surroundings, the warm and friendly atmosphere or the infectious buzz of the city, there is no better way to experience it. With four Open Days every year, there's plenty of opportunities to explore the university campus and facilities, meet students and staff and ask questions - helping you choose the right place to study. To find out more about our open days during 2019 and to book at space visit,http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/open-days


Cardiff University Undergraduate Open Day – 14th September 2019 and 26th October 2019


Sign up NOW to book a space to attend Cardiff University's next Open Days on the 14th September 2019 and 26th October 2019! Open days are a must for any students thinking of studying at Cardiff. Whether it’s the majestic surroundings, the warm and friendly atmosphere or the infectious buzz of the city, our Autumn Open Days will provide the perfect opportunity to explore the university campus and facilities, meet students and staff and ask questions - helping you choose the right place to study.

Find out more – www.cardiff.ac.uk/openday


Chemistry – Public Lectures


The School of Chemistry offer a range of lectures suitable for students studying Chemistry at key stages 4 and 5. The lectures are delivered by researchers in the field of Chemistry. The current lectures offered include: Shape and Form in the World of Crystals, What Do Chemists Do, and Aren't All Chemicals Bad For You?, Nanotechnology - is it new?, What Drives a Catalytic Converter? and Forensic Science. To find out more about the lectures and to contact a researcher follow the link to the School of Chemistry's Community Engagement pages by clicking on the image or title above.


Confident Futures Summer School


The First Campus Confident Futures Summer School is a two-day event aimed at giving young people in care between the ages of 15 and 19 (Year 11+) the chance to experience student life in a safe and supported environment. The Summer School is a general taster of university life, and includes an overnight stay in halls of residence where students are paired with University students to take part in everyday student activities.


Free library membership for all sixth form and college students in Wales


Cardiff University Library Services are now offering a free membership scheme for sixth form and FE College students from across Wales. The scheme allows students to borrow up to two items from our 2 or 4 week loan collections. Students will also have walk-in access to our eResources service. To register online to join the membership scheme or to find out more about our services follow the title link above.




Do you use or want to learn about Python? If so why not sign up to attend the PyDiff groups monthly meet-ups hosted at Cardiff University's School of Computer Science and Informatics. PyDiff is open to anyone, from experienced programmers to new learners. The group holds monthly meet-ups delivering talks on various topics so whether you’re a python ninja, a complete beginner, or just interested in coming along and seeing what goes on all are welcome.

School of Medicine Open Days 2019 for parents, guardians, teachers and careers advisors


Although primarily aimed at prospective students, the School of Medicine run a parallel programme for parents, guardians, teachers and careers advisors and we would be delighted if you wanted to join us too, either solo or with a student. Based at the Heath Park campus, the student programme covers key elements of becoming a doctor, with talks on our selection process, life as a doctor, funding for their medical degree, Case Based Learning and a Q&A panel as well as workshops covering Clinical Skills, Simulation Suite, life as a medical student, Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and writing their personal statement. We’ll also provide lunch and plenty of opportunity to talk to our students about what it’s really like in medical school. Each prospective student is invited to bring one parent, guardian or teacher with them and a separate full-day programme will cover most of these subjects, but from an angle that looks at the support they, and we, can provide.


Shape My Street Key Stage 2 National Competition


The SHAPE MY STREET competition is a key stage 2 activity that has been designed to introduce young learners to ideas about home, place and community ran by the Cardiff School of Architecture. Within structured, creative learning activities, classmates aged 7-11 will discuss which aspects of ‘home’ and ‘street’ make successful neighbourhoods. The competition activities are intended to develop understanding of the importance of design and quality in the built environment, and raise awareness of careers in design and related creative industries. To find out more or to get involved email shapemystreet@cardiff.ac.uk


The Exploring the Past Free Lecture Series


This is an exciting series of free talks on History, Archaeology and Religion. They are delivered by local postgraduates and academics together with some very special guest lectures by renowned scholars from universities across the UK. The talks are open to all and are a perfect way for sixth-formers and teachers to get a taste of the exciting research going on within these subjects at Cardiff University. There’s no need to book – just turn up and enjoy!


The Exploring the Past Progression Pathway


The Exploring the Past pathway is an exciting and innovative route onto degrees in History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University. It consists of a series of stimulating short modules taught in the evenings and at weekends, and these can be taken as part of the pathway itself or as standalone courses. The pathway is aimed primarily at adults returning to education. However individual courses have proved to be a great way for A-level or Access students to ensure a smooth transition to HE by getting a taste of what university study in these subjects is really like.


The Illustration Archive

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The Illustration Archive is the world's largest searchable online database of historic book illustrations. The images span the eighteenth to the twentieth century and cover works of literature, history, geography, philosophy and science. The Archive can be searched in multiple ways, and provides full access to the books in which the images appeared. The illustrations are copyright free and can be tagged as well as searched. The 'In the Classroom' part of the site includes a guide for teachers on how these historic illustrations can be used in school projects.


Trio Sci Cymru


As part of the Trio Sci Cymru project, Cardiff University will deliver STEM engagement activities to KS3 students throughout the South Wales Valleys. Over a three-year period, pupils will have the opportunity to participate in three different programmes which take our cutting-edge research direct to the classroom. The first programme ‘Apothecary Bees’ will introduce pupils to the award-winning Pharmabees project. The second programme ‘Chemistry in the 3rd Dimension’ will use a portable 3D cinema to give pupils a chance to step inside a variety of chemical systems. The third programme ‘UniverseLab’ uses space to engage students with science, through a combination of 3D shows, virtual and augmented reality, robotic telescopes and hands-on workshops. Through these programmes we hope to inspire the next generation of scientists, and help to build Wales’s future STEM workforce. To find out more information or check eligibility for participating within the programme please email trioscicymru@cardiff.ac.uk
The project is funded by the Welsh Government’s National Science Academy and the European Social Fund.


Welsh School of Architecture – Primary and Secondary School Workshops

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The Welsh School of Architecture lead workshops in local primary and secondary schools. Since March 2018, members of staff have visit schools to teach workshops which give pupils an overview of architecture as a subject and profession. During the workshop, classes participate in activities such as creating their own model houses. We discuss the different aspects of housing design that architects need to think about (such as materials, adaptability, environment, transparency and function) and encourage pupils to think creatively.