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Summer University - Year 12

Applications will open in January 2023

Check out the beautiful campus you'll be staying on

Stay. Study. Socialise.

As part of the Summer University residential you'll stay in your own student room with an en-suite bathroom and shower. 

You'll share a kitchen area with up to 7 other students from different schools/colleges across London and the South East. 

  • All rooms include free WiFi
  • A full list of what to bring will be provided nearer the time
  • Staff and student ambassadors stay overnight to ensure safety 

Some photos to give you an idea of what to expect (actual rooms may differ).

We have purposely kept the subject strands broad so when you attend Summer University you can explore a range of subjects, see how they link together and open your mind to topics that you might otherwise have missed. 

On each of the 4 subject strands you will take part in a series of academic activities led by expert staff and current degree students including: 

  • Small group seminars
  • Large group short lectures
  • University student led interactive workshops
  • Group activities

There may also be lab work, field work, independent research and presenting elements depending on which subject strand you attend and availability of staff.

There's more...

We'll also deliver a number of information sessions so that you feel a little more prepared to choose your next step after school/college. 

This will include help writing a personal statement, information about student finance, advice about attending open days, choosing a course and much more.

Yes studying towards a degree is why you go to university, but there is such more to it than that. 

During the day and into the evening you'll take part in sports, social activities, workshops and generally throw yourself in to getting an authentic university experience. 

Royal Holloway offers dozens of sports, clubs and societies to our degree students and you'll get to try some out for yourself.

Just a few of the dozens of societies we have:

Our current degree students will be supporting you during the week, helping out during academic sessions, answering your questions and sharing their experiences of being at university. 

Our student ambassadors will make sure you have an incredible time with us from the moment you arrive. They really are amazing if we don't say so ourselves.

Subjects available

Day 1 and 2 are in person on our beautiful campus including an overnight stay in student accommodation. Day 3 is online. 

Right for you if you're interested in: 

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Maths 

  • Physics 

Day 1 and 2 are in person on our beautiful campus including an overnight stay in student accommodation. Day 3 is online. 

Right for you if you're interested in: 

  • Classics 

  • English Literature 

  • History 

  • Philosophy

  • Politics and International Relations

Day 1 and 2 are in person on our beautiful campus including an overnight stay in student accommodation. Day 3 is online. 

Right for you if you're interested in: 

  • Criminology 

  • Law 

  • Social Science 

  • Social Work

Day 1 and 2 are in person on our beautiful campus including an overnight stay in student accommodation. Day 3 is online. 

Right for you if you're interested in: 

  • Biology

  • Biological sciences

  • Earth Sciences

  • Geography  

  • Health Studies

Application process

To apply for Summer University you must:

  • Be in Year 12
  • Study A Level's or equivalent, predicted no lower than CCC (or equivalent)
  • Have 5 GCSEs grades 9 - 4 (A* - C)
  • Do not attend a fee-paying school
  • Have lived in the UK for at least three years

Then meet 1 of the following: 

You’re living, or have lived, in Local Authority Care
  • living with foster carers
  • living in a residential children's home
  • being looked after at home under a supervision order
  • living with friends or relatives in kinship care – either through a formal arrangement (e.g. a Special Guardianship order)

OR 2 of these other Widening Access criteria:

Both parents/guardians have no experience of higher education in the UK

 

You’re eligible for free school meals, pupil premium or other additional funding at school or college

 

You have a disability or health condition that impacts on your daily life

We use the 2010 Equality Act as our basis for categorising disability and health conditions 

You live in an area where relatively few people go on to study at university (click here to check for POLAR 4 Q1)

 

You identify as being from a black or minority ethnic background

 

You are a carer

 

If you are given a place on Summer University this is what will happen next: 
We'll ask you confirm you accept the place

  • We'll contact your school/college to confirm the details you've provided and inform them you wish to attend this activity. You will still need to ask permission to attend as well
  • We'll contact your parents/carers to confirm the details you've provided and inform them you wish to attend this activity.
  • We'll keep in touch with you every so often to give updates including sending timetables, lists of what to bring and to see if we can support you with travel costs

Places are limited due to cost and room availability. We expect to have more applications than we have spaces for. 

Therefore we will have a waiting list. As soon as a place becomes available we will contact the next person on the waiting list and continue this until all places on Summer University are full again.

Cost

If you meet the eligibility criteria and you get a place on one of our Summer University residentials we'll cover the cost of: 

  • Your accommodation
  • All food and drink
  • All resources and academic activities
  • All social activities

Travel costs

  1. We do ask that you pay for your own travel to and from our campus in Egham, Surrey
  2. However please see the next section "travel cost support" to find out how we might be able to help you.

Once places have been allocated we will open a process for people to apply for financial support with travel costs. 

There are limited funds available and we can only cover up to a maximum of 50% of travel costs.

Full details coming soon

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