Information for schools

The School organises a number of activities to allow prospective students to experience subjects that we teach and find out more about the courses which we offer.

The lecturers make even the difficult parts seem easy to understand. It's such an interesting subject and I learn something new every day.

Rozalind Wolfe, Graduate
BEng Electronic Engineering

School liaison activities

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent offers a range of schools liaison events covering a number of exciting subject areas, all of which reflect the undergraduate courses offered and the specialities within the School's research-led teaching.

National events

The Big Bang – NEC, Birmingham, 11-14 March, 2015.

Find out how to become an engineer.

Outreach talks

We are able to offer talks to sixth form students about opportunites in Engineering.

Crime, radio and smart buildings.

This talk, by Dr John Batchelor, discusses how radio from its earliest beginnings has been used to avoid disaster as well as to fight and commit crime. Starting with Marconi's first radio shipping system in Kent, the talk discusses the part radio played in the Titanic disaster, how the murderous Dr Crippen was apprehended and how modern prisons might be modified to prevent mobile phones being used to commit crimes. The subject is brought up to date by discussing some of the latest wireless research in the University of Kent.

Dr John Batchelor is a Reader in Communications at the University of Kent.

STEM activities, at the University of Kent

WiRED (Years 10 and 11)

Women in Research Engineering and Design (WiRED) enables Year 10 and Year 11 students to experience the exciting creative aspects of both engineering and digital technologies, as well as to hear inspirational talks by women in these fields. It also showcases that within a University environment, there is a diversity of possible engineering and technological careers. For details on how to book, please download our 'WiRED' flyer.

SPECTRA (Year 10)

The event uses a code cracking scenario where the teams obtain clues to win a competition and defeat the evil SPECTRA organisation. Four activities involve using an Infrared camera in the dark, a radio controlled car in a maze, optical fibre to transmit a code and Ultra Violet light to detect hidden instructions.

Totally Ballistic (Year 9)

The event is centred on a ballistic competition where points are awarded for accurately hitting a target designed by an adjudication team. The launcher is controlled by a microprocessor system constructed by an electronics team. The microprocessor is programmed by a software team and the ballistic trajectories are calculated by a ballistic (maths) team. The day’s activities are recorded and edited by a journalism team.

Solar Car Challenge (Year 8 & 9)

This challenge involves the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University – Kent and Medway STEM, staging a Solar Car Challenge competition and engaging local schools to take part, with support from STEM ambasadors.

Engineering Education Scheme (Year 12)

In this scheme, a number of professional engineers work with teams of high ability Year 12 students and their teachers, for about 6 months, on an engineering project. The scheme includes a residential university workshop and an assessment day. The University of Kent is a regular host for these events.

For details of our degree programmes and how to apply, please visit our Undergraduate study page.

The best thing about choosing a subject that's related to technology is that it's always changing, so you'll never be bored; there will always be something new to learn.

Aanisha Beni Madhu
Studying BEng in Computer Systems Engineering

Further information

For more information about any of these events in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, please feel free to contact us:


Tel: +44 1227 827323
Fax: +44 1227 456084

Postal address:
School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Jennison Building
University of Kent
United Kingdom

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Last Updated: 18/02/2015