Virtual events

Join us from the comfort of your own home for subject tasters and to have your questions about university answered.

Our live events will help you explore your chosen subject and navigate the application process from start to finish. They include taster lectures, guidance and support, Q&A with staff and students and a chance to discover more about Herts. We'll be adding events throughout the year, so do check back.

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Upcoming events

TopicDescriptionDate and time
Geography & Environment: Can we make space for food and sustainability in our cities?
How can we combat issues around sustainability and urban sprawl to benefit both ourselves and the planet? In this taster lecture, Associate Professor Susan Parham will explore how food and environmental sustainability are interconnected in and around our cities. Drawing on research into garden cities and new towns, we will consider how better planning and urban design can make our urban spaces more liveable and healthier. Book your place20 January 2022

17.00 - 18.00
Why go to university? Is it the right choice for you?This session aims to help you decide whether university is the right choice for you. We'll take a look at the cost and the student finance available too. Plus a Q&A with current university students. Book your place27 January 2022

16.30 - 17.15
Creative Conversations: On the dark art of pitchingLesley Smith was a BBC producer for more than two decades before setting up as  a freelance documentary writer and producer. She'll be chatting to us about how you get a documentary idea produced, and 'the dark art of pitching' your ideas to everyone from Channel 4 to Netflix. Book your place27 January 2022

16.30 - 17.30
History Masterclass: 'Whose war is it anyway?' - Civil wars, proxy wars, and superpower invention during the Cold WarThe ideological basis of civil wars during the Cold War compelled superpower involvement – either directly, as in the major ‘hot’ wars of Korea, Vietnam, and the Soviet-Afghan War; or via proxies. This talk will explore the reasons why the superpowers felt they had to intervene, and the implications of these interventions for the Cold War as a whole. Book your place09 February 2022

17.00 - 18.00
Geography & Environment: The Rural Idyll -  Reality or myth?Have you been watching too much Escape to the Country on TV? We often romanticise rural areas in the UK as the perfect place to live. But what is the reality? This taster lecture will start by attempting to define the concept of the rural and then examine the concept of the rural idyll and why we think about rural areas with such a  rosy outlook. We will then consider some of the issues of living in rural areas such as the rural premium, housing for local people and public transport. We look forward to welcoming you to the latest in our ongoing series of engaging monthly taster lectures. Book your place23 February 2022

17.00 - 18.00
UK Student  Finance (student session): What's available and how to applyWe’ll look at what financial support is available for undergraduate (degree) courses. This session includes information on the tuition and maintenance loans and repayment. We’ll also cover how to apply and share information on bursaries and scholarships. We'll end with a Q&A. Book your place

24 February 2022

16.30 - 17.15

UK Student Finance (parent/guardian session): What's available and how students applyWe’ll look at what financial support is available. This session includes the application process, how the loans work and what information is required from parents/guardians. We'll end with a Q&A. Book your place

24 February 2022

19.00 - 19.45

English Literature Masterclass: Wild and whirling words - Hamlet and the Power of LanguageFor lovers of literature and scholars of Shakespeare: this English Literature masterclass reads Hamlet through a critical framework emphasising linguistic power, with particular focus on language’s capacity to conceal and mystify meaning, and thereby to articulate alternate realities or modes of perception. Book your place28 February 2022

17.00 - 18.00
Language Taster Session: Beginners' Mandarin“ni hao!” – Hello
“wo jiao ..” – My name is …
“ren shi ni hen gao xing” – Very pleased to meet you.  Greetings are the first step to communicate with the people of the target language. Join us to take your first steps to learning Mandarin. Book your place
16 March 2022

16.00 - 17.00
How to choose a course and universityWith so many courses and universities to choose from, we look at what you need to consider when making your final UCAS choices. Plus a Q&A with current university students. Book your place

17 March 2022

16.30 - 17.15

Pop Politics: Kiss, don't tell - Dating in the context of ethnic conflictIn the aftermath of ethnic conflict, dating people from the “other side” is prohibited. Families, religions, cultures and even schools enforce and reproduce these divisions. This lecture will explore how individuals in post-conflict societies navigate these obstacles to date whomever they want. We'll also look at what this tells us about post-conflict reconciliation, by examining the case studies of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. Book your place23 March 2022

17.00 - 18.00
Geography & Environment Taster Lecture: Measuring the meltdown - tracking the impact of climate change on iceEarth’s ice sheets, ice caps and glaciers are rapidly shrinking. In this taster lecture, Dr Olly Bartlett will show how scientists are measuring this shrinkage, using techniques such as drone technology and more traditional field methods. Richly illustrated with three dimensional visuals and stunning fieldwork photographs, Dr Bartlett will investigate the implications of global ice shrinkage for our water resources and future sea levels. We look forward to welcoming you to the latest in our ongoing series of engaging monthly taster lectures. Book your place24 March 2022

17.00 - 18.00
History Masterclass: Easter, Interrupted - The Reformation of a calendar custom
During the Middle Ages and early modern period, people’s everyday lives were shaped by the liturgical calendar and the many feast days it contained. The Reformation drastically altered the character of these feast days. This masterclass explores how the customs of Lent and Easter, from Shrovetide to the ceremonial opening of the sepulchre (which later evolved into what we know today as the hot cross bun), were changed by Protestant edicts but survived the following centuries through subtle adaptations that turned public events into private folklore practices. Book your place29 March 2022

16.30 - 17.30
UK Student Finance: What's available and how to apply (degree courses)We’ll look at what financial support is available. This session includes information on the tuition and maintenance loans and repayment. We’ll also cover how to apply and share information on bursaries and scholarships. We'll end with a Q&A. Book your place

07 April 2022

10.30 - 11.15

Creative Conversations: Getting your books in print with editor KA BradleyKa Bradley, formerly editor of Granta, now with Penguin, will be chatting to Lorna Gibb, Head of Creative Writing about what gets commissioned, how to market your ideas, writing a book that matters and getting your books in print. Book your place27 April 2022

16.30 - 17.15
Study Skills: Academic Writing and ReferencingAcademic writing and referencing are fundamental skills for succeeding at university. However, they can be difficult to wrap your head around. Join us as we cover the dos and don't of academic writing and the skill of referencing. Great preparation for university and helpful if you’re doing an EPQ. Book your place

28 April 2022

16.30 -  17.15

Study Skills: Research MethodsResearch is essential for building on our knowledge, but what if this is your first time doing a research project? Designed for EPQ students, join us as we introduce you to the basics of research and find out which method is best for your project.  Book your place

12 May 2022

16.30 - 17.15

Parent/guardian information evening: Introduction to the application process and student financeLooking to support your young person in their journey towards university, but not sure how? Join us at our Parents / Guardian information evening. We'll cover the UCAS application process and the financial support available to them (including how to apply and the repayments). Plus there'll be a Q&A. Book your place

19  May 2022

19.00 - 19.45

Personal Statements: How to write and excellent oneFinding it difficult to get started? Not sure what to include? Join us and we'll guide you through the process. By the end you'll know everything you to know, to write that excellent personal statement. Book your place

01 June 2022

10.30 - 11.15

Pop Politics: Apocalypse Now? Politics in the face of environmental troubleClimate emergency, global warming, extreme weather events, Arctic melting, sea level rise, greenhouse gas emissions, mass deforestation, desertification, biodiversity loss, human displacement, extinction… and a long etcetera. How many times have you heard these terms in recent times? In this session, the Politics and International Relations team will engage in a discussion about the most pressing topics on current environmental issues, while providing tools for a comprehensive understanding of this debate. You will also have the opportunity to join the conversation and ask questions about the uncertain future of humans on an increasingly convoluted Earth. Book your place16 June 2022

16.30 - 17.30
Clearing: Everything you need to knowClearing can be a great opportunity to find that perfect place. There are many reasons why you might choose this route; a change of mind about the course/university, needing a plan B, being a new applicant. Let us guide you through the process, so you that are ready, if you decide to use it. Follow us on Instagram and join the event

16 June 2022

19.00 - 19.45

Getting ready for results day and Clearing - Unibuddy Q&AJoin our online chat and find out what to expect when it comes to results day and how you can be prepared for Clearing – just in case you need to. Register your interest27 July 2022

16.00 - 17.00

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