Outreach and public engagement


If you’re a student, teacher, parent or carer with a passion for geography, ecology and the natural environment, or tackling global issues such as climate change, food and water security and nutritional science, then read on to find out more about the events we organise and deliver throughout the year.

Our outreach events are an ideal opportunity to try out exciting activities, have fun and meet other like-minded people, as well as the chance to find out more about subjects and careers that could be perfect for you. Our activities are supported by undergraduate and postgraduate students who are always happy to answer your questions about what it’s like to study at Leeds.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our on-campus and in-school events are paused until further notice due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. In place of these, the Education Outreach team is now offering a programme of online talks and workshops. To stay up to date with our programme you can join our mailing list by completing our quick form.

Schools outreach activities

Join us at subject taster days, summer schools and teacher CPD. We offer the following activities, among others:

  • Environment Futures programme – an opportunity for Year 12 students to help you develop your insight into the various courses and what it’s like to study at a Russell Group University. Choose from three strands; Climate, Sustainable and Earth and join talks, workshops and more.
  • Live webinars for high school and college students – these sessions will explore a range of topics including choosing a course and a university; the application process; subject insight presentations covering a wide range of disciplines; and study skills workshops to support the transition to university.
  • Preparing for COP26: How can we save the climate? – for Year 12 students interested in Business, Earth and Environment, Education, Geography, Law, Politics, Sociology and Social Policy. Be part of a task force exploring how the Social Sciences can better prepare us for one of largest global challenges we will face in our lifetime.
  • Workshops and taster sessions - we offer a range of online workshops and taster sessions showcasing the research and activities within the School of Earth and Environment.
  • Summer schools – suitable for Year 12 students, these courses provide an introduction to student life at the University of Leeds.

For more details of our activities visit the STEM outreach website and the Social Sciences outreach website and subscribe to our newsletter.

In addition to subject specific activities, the Educational Engagement team work across the UK with schools and colleges to raise awareness of, and aspirations towards, higher education, offering a comprehensive programme of activities.

Online courses

We also have a range of free online courses. For example, the Environmental Challenges five-part series examines how human society interacts with the natural world.

You may also be interested in Food Science and Nutrition: From the Farm to You to follow food’s fascinating journey from the farm to your body; or join Ecology and Wildlife Conservation to learn how we can protect wildlife to conserve our natural world.

Public engagement activities

We participate in a range of public engagement activities, bringing our cutting-edge research to local and international communities. 

Events include Be Curious, the University’s annual family-friendly research open day with fun activities, challenges and inspiring talks – offering something for everyone to enjoy. 

Other engagement opportunities includes research council public engagement events, the Yorkshire Fossil Festival, Leeds Library series and Pint of Science. The Faculty of Environment also hosts local and regional groups, such as the Yorkshire Geological Society and Royal Meteorological Society.