Visits to Cardiff University

“Girls Into Computing” Visit Days in colloboration with STEM Cymru Engineering Education Scheme Wales


Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics, in collaboration with STEM Cymru Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW STEM Cymru), has recently hosted a number of "Girls Into Computing" Visit Days to give girls a taste of the numerous careers and opportunities associated with computing. Year 8 and 9 pupils from a number of schools across Cardiff visited the Univeristy for the day, giving them the opportunity to meet with current female undergraduate and research students and take part in a number of hands-on interactive sessions with the aim of encouraging the pupils to choose STEM subjects at GCSE. Activities included an introduction to the Raspberry Pi using Python programming, a workshop using Greenfoot – a development environment to write simple programmes in Java, and decision making sessions using business processes and team building. For more information on the 'Girls into Education Scheme', please visit the above link.

3D Visualisation of Mantle Dynamics


The demonstration is delivered in the Helix visualisation suite in Cardiff University's School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Students will see the results of 3D modelling of mantle convection. This is an exciting opportunity to see heat flow patterns inside the Earth, how they influence volcanoes and affect the movement of plates on the surface. It shows students the need for interdisciplinary science (in this case Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths, Geology) to answer significant questions and is a dramatic example of a 'big' application of 'simple' Physics and Chemistry.

An introduction to coding in Java using Greenfoot


Students get the opportunity to use Greenfoot, which teaches object orientation with Java, in the surroundings of the School of Computer Science & Informatics' newly refurbished computer labs. Greenfoot is visual and interactive and allows you build your own environment or world to develop games, simulations, and other graphical programs. Greenfoot uses standard textual Java code providing a combination of programming experience in a traditional text-based language with visual execution. This workshop also offers the participants to meet and chat with current university students.

Anaesthetics Museum Open Day – the operating theatre then and now


The Mushin Museum (Museum of Anaesthetics) based in the School of Medicine hosts open days for GCSE students to demonstrate how science has helped the development of medical equipment to make operations safer for patients. It also promotes science as a career choice demonstrating the links between anaesthetics history and sciences learnt at school.

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

Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER) – Brain Games


Brain Games is one of a number curriculum linked school engagement activities delivered in local schools by researcher. Brain Games is a range of activities specifically designed key stage 2 pupils, but readily adaptable to different levels all the way up to A' level. These sessions deliver taught elements alongside activities to show how the brain is made, how it communicates and some fun illustrations of what the brain can (or can’t) do. Activities include making brain hats, pipe cleaner neurons, the stroop race, the worlds one and only inflatable bouncy brain with information panels built in to learn while you bounce and bespoke brain puzzles to get your own grey matter going. To find out more about Brain Games contact Dr Emma Lane:

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 Library sites

Cardiff University houses 14 different subject-specific libraries, all are open to the public for browsing and reference purposes. Follow the link above or visit to find out more. In addition members of other local libraries, such as Cardiff Public Libraries, can register as external members of Cardiff University Library service to borrow books under the CLIC scheme (Cardiff Libraries in Cooperation ) To find out more visit:

Cardiff University Public Events

Share in our success as a top-five UK university for research excellence and impact. Our events are open to all, and reflect the breadth and depth of our research and courses. Lectures may be relevant for students or CPD opportunities for teachers.

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 –

Cells, Genes & Mutations


The School of Biosciences offers a day-long set of activities that explore understanding cells and mutations as well as discussions relating to the consequences of different lifestyle choices on generic mutation rates and hence risk of developing cancer. These activities are: a 15-20min activity to visualise your own cheek cells using microscopy (KS2 upward), an hour-long activity using DNA models (Y9 upward), and a 3-hour practical workshop in which pupils learn about the Polymerase Chain Reaction (Y9 upward – ideal for A level pupils). These activities can also be used as individual activities.

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.

Computer Science is as easy as Pi, Rasperry Pi


This workshop offers a hands on introduction to the Raspberry Pi and Python. From 'How do I switch it on' to 'programming your own minecraft world in Python' or 'Having fun with LED's and circuits'. This workshop can take place in your school or you can visit Cardiff University and combine this activity with one of our talks or meet the students events (numbers are limited).

Computer Science is as easy as Pi, Rasperry Pi – Key Stage 5


The School of Computer Science and Informatics have developed this event in partnership with teachers. Following its successful pilot in 2013 the event will be run annually at the University for Year 12 students and teachers. The event includes a hands-on workshop using the Raspberry Pi and Python, talks from research students, an introduction to the undergraduate courses offered plus an opportunity to meet undergraduate students. The Raspberry Pi workshop will be suitable for students new to computing as well as those who already have some knowledge and experience.

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.

Discovery Project


This project is for young people with ASD between the ages of 14 and 19 who have the potential to go on to university. Pupils on the scheme will be mentored by current university students, who give an insight into university life and help equip pupils who attend with skills needed for university life. This will be done through a combination of activities including workshops, academic taster sessions and social events. There will also be the opportunity for pupils to receive extra support for homework, revision, and making applications to college and university. Together, the young people and their mentors will plan out a calendar for the year ahead, combining events from the program of group sessions with individual activities (such as planning a meal and cooking together, going for a coffee, or attending open days). The project runs fortnightly from October – Easter. Pupils who attend the Discovery Project are also invited to a Summer School, held in July each year. Nicholas Fearn, a pupil who attended the Summer School in July 2014, has written a blog about the decisions he’s had to make regarding university. Follow this link to read the blog:

Discovery Visit Day


Once a year, Cardiff University runs a visit day specifically for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The aim of the day is to encourage young people with ASD to consider university and help them prepare for the transition. The programme of the day includes an introduction to university, and outline of the support available for current students with ASD, and a tour to one of the academic schools within the University. The hope is that by attending a smaller, more structured event, pupils will build up the confidence to attend main stream open days at Cardiff University and elsewhere. Attendees of the day will also be invited to our Summer Schools. Whilst the day is primarily aimed at 14 – 19 year olds with ASD, it is open to anyone who would potentially benefit from attending. Teachers / support workers and parents / guardians are welcome to accompany pupils on the day.

Dynamics of Cancer


The School of Biosciences provides a lesson for teachers that first introduces pupils to the topics of evolution and natural selection, before explaining how DNA mutation can give rise to cancer, and how evolution and natural selection of cancer cells can give rise to drug resistance and relapse in patients. The teaching pack contains the presentation, crib sheet and resources required for the lesson including dressing-up materials!

Free school talks and visits to Cardiff University’s National Software Academy


Great opportunity for schools and colleges to learn more about Cardiff University's new National Software Academy. The Academy located in Newport is part of the University's School of Computer Science and Informatics and is the base for the BSc Applied Software Engineering degree. On request we can arrange visits to the Academy, or for a member of staff from the University to attend your school or college to give a talk. to book a visit or find out more email

Geophysics demonstration


Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences' seismic demonstration shows how geophysics is used to look at the subsurface structure of the Earth, for example in the search for oil. The demonstration which takes place outdoors, e.g. on the school football pitch, can also be conducted during a visit to the University.

Healthy Hearts and Exercise


This is a 50-minute interactive session looking at the physiology of the heart. There is a variety of sessions that are run by university staff including heart pressure, EEG recording, worksheets and a talk on studying Biosciences at university. There is also a detailed instruction pack for teachers to run similar activities in the future.

Learning software development skills using the XP Game


The XP Game is used by developers in industry to learn skills in Agile Development. Students are split into teams and are challenged to plan and estimate the time required to complete a set of tasks to try and earn points. The tasks involve sorting cards, blowing up balloons, making paper hats, throwing dice and complete mathematical challenges. The aim of the game is to develop skills in: team working, problem solving, planning and estimation.

National Library of Wales @Cardiff

Visit Cardiff University to get free access to electronic resources from the National Library of Wales – for reference purposes only. For more information about the partnership between the National Library of Wales and Cardiff University, please visit



The School of Biosciences offers an interactive session designed to introduce pupils to the structure and function of sensory and motor neurones, synapses and neurotransmitters, action potentials and nerve conduction and sensory responses. It consists of a series of activities that are delivered by university staff: these include an introductory powerpoint presentation, make your own neurone, animations, Stroop test, EEG tests. There is a detailed instruction pack for teachers to run similar sessions afterwards.

Routes into Languages Cymru


Routes into Languages Cymru is a pan-Wales project that aims to improve the uptake of modern languages in schools. Funded by five Welsh universities and other institutions, and with two operational hubs in Cardiff University and Bangor University, Routes Cymru coordinates a number of events for language learners from year 7 to year 13. Routes Cymru’s flagship activities include:

*Student Ambassadors – Routes Cymru Student Ambasadors support outreach events and offer a variety of activities including school careers talks, language taster sessions and support careers fairs/open days.

*Lingomap – LingoMap is the successor to the award-winning ‘Adopt a Class’ scheme, redesigned to make use of new technologies and aim to reach a wider classroom audience across Wales. Follow our Language Ambassadors around the globe as they embark on their third year abroad. Tasked with writing blogs on specific topics from the GCSE exam specification, the students share personal highlights and cultural flavours from across Europe and beyond. LingoMap also provides a visual and interactive platform to show pupils the global opportunities available to them through studying languages. For further details please go to

*Film Masterclasses – Covering films on the A-level curriculum for French, Spanish and German, students have the opportunity to participate in an interactive seminar with a member of our academic staff. This not only benefits the student academically, but it also gives them a real idea about how exciting and interesting it is studying languages at Cardiff University. This film season will take place during the Spring Term.

*National Spelling Bee Competition – This annual event is designed to support students in year 7 who are studying French, German, Spanish and Welsh Second Language. The competition enables pupils to improve their spelling and vocabulary, encourages correct pronunciation and most importantly raises confidence levels. The competition culminated in the Spelling Bee National Final at the end of the summer term.

School of Computer Science & Informatics – Talks for Schools


The School of Computer Science & Informatics offer talks on various topics to local schools and colleges. Talks offered include titles such as: Careers in computing; What Courses are offered by the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University; An introduction and demonstrate of Mobile forensics. Bespoke talks can also sometimes be arranged on request.

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.

Schools Liaison


Offering tailored talks, one-to-one advice at HE fairs across the UK, information sessions and teachers’ conferences, the Undergraduate Recruitment team provide a range of free activities and resources both on and off campus to support those considering university. The fairs we attend and talks we give are applicable to all subjects and courses across the university and will make a good starting point for many teachers and careers advisers.

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

SHARE with Schools: Life in the Nineteenth Century Workshop


An introduction to aspects of local industrial, domestic and social history in the South Wales and Valleys area. We use presentations, discussion, images and aerial photography in this workshop, as well as offering guided object handling, giving pupils the opportunity to interact with genuine domestic and industrial artefacts from the time. We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

SHARE with Schools: Romans in Wales Workshop


An introduction to how the Romans came to be in the place we now call Wales and their impact on it. In this workshop we use presentations, creative exercises, and quizzes. We also do guided object handling, giving pupils the opportunity to handle a mix of replica and genuine two thousand-year old archaeological artefacts.

We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

SHARE with Schools: Sixth Form Workshop


A more informal chat and discussion with university students about aspects of university life and finance, as well as group exercises to encourage pupils to think like a researcher. We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

Snot Shop: the biophysics of boogies


Snot Shop is an interactive activity to explain how the human respiratory system works and its key components. It explores how humans get lung infections and the body's defense mechanisms as well as how to recognise different lung diseases and symptoms. These activities also develop lab skills including how to use basic lab equipment and manual skills, analytical skills, following scientific procedures and how to use "controls" in a scientific experiment. It can be adapted to suit all year groups.

Special Collections and Archives reading room

Cardiff University Library services offers a quiet room for consulting historical documents and publications contained in our Special Collections and Archives section. The Special Collections and Archives research resources are available between 09:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday. For more information about Cardiff University’s Special Collections, please visit: -

Step Up to University Programme


The Step Up to University Programme aims to raise aspirations, raise attainment and provide support for secondary-aged pupils from disadvantaged areas to continue their studies post 16. The programme is a core part of Cardiff University's Widening Participation Programme. It develops a two-year relationship with pupils in schools from which there have traditionally been low rates of progression to university.

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
The project is funded by the Welsh Government’s National Science Academy and the European Social Fund.

Uni Inspiration Day


This event is a day of activities for Year 11 pupils in South Wales who are thinking about Higher Education and may be unsure on what to study or what route they need to take after their GCSEs. Pupils will be introduced to a wide selection of different subjects they can study at university through taster sessions, talks and interactive activities. Previous workshops have included: Architecture, Art & Design, Biomedical Science, Business, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Food Science, Healthcare, Journalism & Media, Law, Medicine & Dentistry, Music, Performing Arts, Psychology, Social Science, Sport and Student Life. On the day we will also hold a subject fair with over 50 courses represented in an exhibition. Pupils will have the opportunity to speak to current university students and find out more about their courses, what they enjoy about university, and their career aspirations. Courses represented are from Cardiff University, Metropolitan University, and the University of South Wales. This event is funded by First Campus and the Higher Education Roadshow.

Wales Brain Bee


Cardiff University invites teams from all schools and colleges across Wales to join the annual Wales Brain Bee competition. The aim of the Brain Bee is to motivate teenagers to learn more about the brain than they would ordinarily do within the A-Level Biology curriculum and to inspire them to consider a career in neuroscience. The event consists of a mix of practical lab work, video clips and written exercises that will encourage students to learn more about one of the most complex structures in the universe – the human brain. Each year, teams of up to 10 students compete in a series of challenges and a multiple choice written test. The highest scoring school or college will be awarded the Wales Brain Bee shield, with prizes of gift vouchers worth £50, £25 and £10 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place students. To find out more or to get involved follow the link above or email

Welsh School of Architecture – Primary and Secondary School Workshops

Foundation KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

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.