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Taster Sessions

Saturday 4th March, 10.00 – 15.00

Registration starts at 10am, please make sure you're on time and that you're at the correct campus. There are three sites, so it can get a little confusing.

Docklands campus

School of Arts and Digital Industries 

We’ll be offering a general introduction to the degree, along with the opportunity to ask questions about the course or about study at UEL. We will explore the career paths available for humanities’ students. Taster sessions will include working in the newsroom on story production, working in an advertising studio to design adverts, and a creative writing workshop.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

In our Animation & Illustration taster session you’ll have a chance to ask questions and see finished student films. There will be a practical workshop where you will get to try out fun, rough and ready animation techniques in the animation base room.

School of Health, Sport and Bioscience  

Overcoming obstacles

We’re kicking off our session with our expert staff giving you an introduction to Sport at UEL. We take sport seriously, evidenced by our world-class SportsDock facility and the quality of our students. It’s important to match theory with practical experience, so we’ll make sure you put your learning into practice here with UEL’s staff giving you hands-on practice in sports therapy and experience in an exercise physiology laboratory. There will be academic sports staff on hand to answer any questions that you may have about your courses. 

School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering 

Divided in small groups, will take part in a hands on activity constructing structural assemblages from 3mm laser cut plywood pieces. Derived from a kit of parts, the assembled pieces will test the participants creativity, spatial and structural skills.

School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering

This session is a snapshot into an architectural technologist’s role in an architectural or construction team. You will be working in groups creating and assembling structures out of modular units of laser cut ply wood geometric shapes. We will then test and rate the structures for strength, stability and aesthetics too! 
School of Arts and Digital Industries

This session will include an outline of this innovative introduction to art and design study. You will have the opportunity to see student work, the studios and workshops, and have your questions answered about the course and student life.

The Foundation year in art and design prepares students for automatic progression to undergraduate study on the following BA programmes:
Animation and Illustration, Fashion Design, Fashion Textiles Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography.

School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering

Water supply technology master planning – Interactive Role Playing Exercise

Activity summary – Offer holders will be split into discussion groups (of a minimum of four), and will each assume various roles in the activity. They would be geotechnical engineer, environmental engineer, public health expert, local authority official. They will be deciding which technologies to select as water supply options for different communities with different climates, ground and topographic conditions, based upon a few set of technology options given (i.e. water well installation, water well rehabilitation, catchment reservoir and spring box installation, rainwater harvesting, etc.).




School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering
In our mobile application development work with our lecturers and students to conceptualise an app idea. This will give you a taste of working as a team to bring an idea to life, while learning principles of computer science and computing. You will then present to the group and the winning team will get a prize.  In our game-room you will get to interact with our Robots and be able to see how AI works in the real world. You will see examples of our students projects, ask questions to our current students and meet the lecturers who will be teaching you. 
School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering

Water supply technology master planning – Interactive Role Playing Exercise

Activity summary – Offer holders will be split into discussion groups (of a minimum of four), and will each assume various roles in the activity. They would be geotechnical engineer, environmental engineer, public health expert, local authority official. They will be deciding which technologies to select as water supply options for different communities with different climates, ground and topographic conditions, based upon a few set of technology options given (i.e. water well installation, water well rehabilitation, catchment reservoir and spring box installation, rainwater harvesting, etc.).

School of Arts and Digital Industries

The creative writing session will include an introduction to our degree and the topics we cover. It will give you the chance to talk about your own work. We will also discuss how we will help you develop your writing and your understanding of literature and the creative process. You will meet key tutors and have the opportunity to discuss what we can offer you as a student, and to experience some of the workshop techniques we use on the course. We welcome your questions, your participation, your dreams of becoming a writer and your hopes for what you can do with your writing once you’ve graduated.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

An interaction between current students and prospective applicants showcasing student’s projects during the academic year.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

Why study literature? This session will offer an overview of the study of literature at degree level and an introduction to the English literature course at UEL. We will explore the career paths available for English literature graduates and there will be ample opportunity for questions about the course or about studying at UEL.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

You will receive an overview of the curriculum, followed by a tour of the facilities per course interest. As part of the tour you will have the opportunity to participate in programme focused activities. Students will have the opportunity to review past students’ work and to receive advice on portfolio preparation for the interview.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

An interaction between current students and prospective applicants showcasing students projects during the academic year.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

One of our artists who teaches on the course will make a presentation of work by students and by some of the artists teaching on the course. You will be shown the extensive range of workshops and studios, where you will see student work in progress. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about your course.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

An interaction between current students and prospective applicants showcasing students projects from the academic year.

School of Social Sciences

Do countries have the right to control their own borders?

This session will explore whether states have the right to determine who comes into the country. The traditional view is that they do. However this must be set against the rights of individuals to a better and more secure life. We will explore these issues through a directed discussion. 

School of Arts and Digital Industries

We’ll have a selection of student work for you to see and you’ll have a chance to ask questions. With current students on hand you will also have the opportunity to ask them about their experience and the type of projects and work they are producing.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

We’ll be offering a general introduction to the degree, along with the opportunity to ask questions about the course or about studying at UEL. We will explore the career paths available for humanities students.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

Your programme leader will deliver a presentation about the programme, showing student work on their own websites. You will also take part in a practical illustration project called ‘Spot the Difference’.

School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering

You will be doing a short embossing workshop using the print workshop. You will be divided into pairs and you will be asked to assemble and cut a pre-prepared pattern out of grey card. The assembled pattern will then be pressed on a Fabriano paper on the pressing machine. This will result in the pattern being printed/recessed into the Fabriano paper, which you will take away with you.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

The UEL BA Journalism course prepares students for their future as individual journalists working in journalism, and enables them to contribute to the future of journalism as a whole.

In this session, we will look at recently published work by UEL Journalism students. This will include the website Rising East, the magazine Insight, and Proof: reading journalism and society, our forum for discussing controversial issues in journalism. 

As part of the session, the plan is for prospective students to write something in response to the headlines of the day – with support from course staff as and when needed. Make it a great piece and we will publish it on our website! 

School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering
Design, Build and Test of a precise paper catapult to launch a squash ball to reach a target between 1 and 3m from the firing line. 
School of Arts and Digital Industries

An interaction between current students and prospective applicants showcasing students projects from the academic year.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

During our Photography taster session you’ll be shown the shoot studios, darkroom and print areas and you will have opportunity to take part in a photography workshop with one of our tutors.

School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering
“Function follows Form” – Using your creative expertise you will be put to the test to design and deliver a solution to a project brief that will ask you to understand materials, forms, structural integrity and function. “Do you have what it takes it takes to succeed?!”

School of Social Sciences

Health and subjectivity: the case of HIV

As people all over the world live longer, chronic illness becomes a condition that more and more of us will live with, often for many years. In addition, we experience regular panics about infectious illnesses that often seem out of control. This workshop will look at chronic and infectious illness from a psychosocial perspective, using HIV as an example. What is 'health' and how do medicines relate to it? What is 'normal' life? How do resources and the market relate to our health? And what is the body's relationship with the self?


School of Social Sciences 

What is my identity and why does it matter? Belonging and Identity in Modern Britain

It is commonly assumed that we live in the age of the individual. But if this is true, why do so many of us feel the need to belong? In fact, most of us belong to so many groups that we would probably have difficulty listing them all on one page! To name just a few, most of us belong to a family, friend group, neighbourhood, school, sports club, profession, social class, gender, ethnic group, religion, or nation…certainly belonging seems not to have faded away. Instead, recent phenomena, such as Brexit, suggest that belonging and identity are rising in importance. In this workshop, we would like to find out why.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

We’ll be offering a general introduction to the degree, along with the opportunity to ask questions about the course or about studying at UEL. We will explore the career paths available for Humanities’ students. Taster sessions will include working in the newsroom on story production, working in an advertising studio designing adverts, and a creative writing workshop.

Stratford campus

School of Health, Sport and Bioscience

It’s not rocket science! It’s Bioscience! 

We’ll split up into your subjects and invite you to join in with some exciting experiments in our state of the art labs. We think the best way to explain the way in which the body works, and how to make it better, is through ‘hands on’ experience. What will you discover? 

School of Psychology

We've got the morning planned out for you - first meet the Dean of the School of Psychology who will welcome you to our impressive and innovative Psychology department.  You’ll then go on to a “mini-lecture” on active listening skills – an interactive session focusing on some of the core counselling principles and skills given to Counselling students in their first year core modules. No prior knowledge is required, apart from openness and curiosity to learn about the practice of counselling as well as the psychology that underpins it. You will be asked to work in small groups with people you may not know in advance. This is a fun and interactive activity. 

One of the members of our BSc Counselling team will facilitate this session, whilst another will be facilitating a question and answer session with your family and friends about the more practical matters such as finance etc. Afterwards you will have an opportunity to meet some of our current students – who can share with you their experiences – in a question and answer session. You will also learn about the modules that you’ll be studying and gain an undersanding of a typical day in the life of a student on this programme.  

Cass School of Education and Communities

An interactive workshop where we will explore the holistic approach that is taken in the academic study of the subject area. Childhood is examined from the following key perspectives: health, sociological, political, educational and developmental, and other perspectives are interwoven with this e.g. historical, economics. We also would like to give applicants a feel for the types of assessments they will have to do and where their degree will take them. We aim to inspire and motivate applicants to consider this very interesting, exciting subject area, and that they will be inspired to begin asking questions about childhood and children’s lives.

Cass School of Education and Communities

In this session we are covering aspects of the programme, the modules you will study and the knowledge, competence and skills in the field of education that you will acquire during this 3 years’ programme that will enable you to continue further studies in the field of education, early years, teaching and learning, amongst others, and develop both life and employment skills.

School of Health, Sport and Bioscience

Let's make a difference together

The health of nations continue to be at the core of societal concerns for both local and global communities—from elderly care, to drug policy, to antibiotic resistance, to maternal health, to the everyday experiences that provide us with a sense of well-being. Engaging and passionate lecturers will take you on a journey through the political and economic issues that shape all of our lives; in doing so you are invited to share your experiences and expertise on health today. We pride ourselves as a team of staff and students who actively engage with our community and take the learning from the classroom into projects that have real life impact on the world. We need special people ready to embrace education, ready to tackle health inequalities, and ready to transform societies for the better. Does that sound like you?

School of Psychology

We've got the morning planned out for you - first meet the Dean of the School of Psychology who will welcome you to our impressive and innovative Psychology department.  You’ll then go to a ‘mini-lecture’ on " Emotions and Stress" led by Dr Josie Malinowski (Psychologist and  "Oneirologist"-  scientific research into the nature, form, function, experience of dreams). This interactive "mini-lecture" is based on the full lecture given in a second year core module for Psychology students. This session will give you a real sense of what and how we teach in the School of Psychology - so be prepared for interactive voting & online questions - you might even have to talk to someone you've only just met!

While you're hard at work learning about your emotions  - your parents can ask questions about the "boring" stuff like finance etc. to one of our more experienced members of staff leaving you to go on to meet some our staff and students (who can share with you their experiences and work) in a Q and A session. Here you’ll learn about the modules you’ll be studying and understand what a typical day in the life of a student on the course might be like.  

After this we will give you a tour of our impressive facilities including our labs where you can see our neuro-imaging and virtual reality systems, our suites for data analysis and video and audio recording and our Baby Lab with mobile eye-tracking equipment.  You can also get involved with some psychology experiments yourself.  Then we'll have lunch together where you can ask any questions we're not answered so far. 

Cass School of Education and Communities

In this workshop, you will get an introduction to the social work subject area at UEL and what we are looking for in applications for our programmes. There will be an insight into areas of employment and the skills and qualities of social workers.

Cass School of Education and Communities

An interactive workshop from which attendees will gain an understanding of concepts of equal opportunity, inclusion, children’s rights, working in partnership and a holistic understanding of childhood. It considers the context in which children are defined, diagnosed and labelled as having special education needs and disabilities.

University Square Stratford

Royal Docks School of Business and Law

Learn about accountancy in a real-world context with our “Accountancy in a Competitive & Dynamic Business Environment” presentation, led by one of our most senior lecturers. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet your future peers and find out more about your future career in accountancy!

Royal Docks School of Business and Law

Management is a vital skill, no matter what area of business or industry you are in. Join us for insights into the world of business and take part in our interactive exercise that introduces you to different perspectives in the decision-making process. Our management experts will give you a taste of the different demands that present themselves in business situations and get you thinking about how to satisfy them successfully.

Royal Docks School of Business and Law

In this taster session we will start by asking one of the founding questions of Criminology: what is crime? We will then explore how society can tackle ‘gang culture’.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

We’ll be offering a general introduction to the degree, along with the opportunity to ask questions about this unique Dance Urban Course. In addition we will explore the career paths available for Dance students.

School of Arts and Digital Industries 

We’ll be offering a general introduction to the degree, discovering the unique modules the Drama, Applied Theatre & Performance course has to offer. In addition we will be exploring the career paths available for Drama students.

Royal Docks School of Business and Law

In this interactive session you will, in the setting of a mock court room, be introduced to some of the fundamental concepts of the English Legal System, including the Rule of Law, Separation of Powers and Parliamentary Supremacy. Law tutors will be available to answer any questions you may have about our programmes of study at UEL.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

We’ll be offering a general introduction to the degree, giving you a tour of our facilities, along with the opportunity to ask questions about this unique Music Performance and Production. In addition we will explore the career paths available for Music Performance and Production students.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

We’ll be offering a general introduction to the degree, giving you a tour of our facilities, along with the opportunity to ask questions about this unique Music Technology. In addition we will explore the career paths available for Music Technology students.

School of Arts and Digital Industries

Whether you like to perform or are interested in the technical side of things, this will be an interactive and participatory taster session where you’ll experiment to make performance as a collective. Find out more about this new, exciting course that is open to students who are interested in working with others who have a music, dance, acting, and/or performance background.

This interactive session will provide insight into some of the current trends in tourism, hospitality and events management. You’ll learn about opportunities and challenges facing managers in the cultural and creative industries, and also ask your own questions about the opportunities on offer at UEL.