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Academic Sessions for Schools and Colleges

We are pleased to be able to provide faculty sessions, online webinars and experience days, across the academic year for a range of year groups. 

Please find our current opportunities below, as well as the contact information for staff leading the event. 

If you would like to organise a session which doesn't appear on the list below, please contact Dan Smith at

Our Outreach Activities 23/24

Date and Time:

Every Thursday from 17:30 to 18:30.



Our NUSTEM team are pleased to present a range of activities and online webinars for students and staff. 


NUSTEM evening lectures – starting 9th of November 2023: 

The NUSTEM Evening Lectures are aimed at Y11 to Y13 students and their teachers.  

Each lecture is focused on a different topic and aims to show how Physical Sciences and Mathematics matter and where they can lead.  
The lectures will run every Thursday from 17:30 to 18:30 starting on 9th of November 2023. 

To book a place please visit and click the “book a place“ button next to each lecture abstract. 



For any questions, please contact Antonio Portas via email: 


Date and Time:

Thursday 13th June, 6:30pm GMT

Lecture Theatre 001, Northumbria University City Campus East

Please note: This lecture will be a hybrid event, with opportunities to attend online or in-person. Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm.



What did Shakespeare's accent - and that of his actors and audience - sound like? What can we learn from hearing and speaking his works in that accent? And with no recordings or transcriptions available to us, how do we know? 

Actor and author Ben Crystal (Shakespeare's Words, Shakespeare on Toast) explores the fascinating 400 year old sound of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets - Original Pronunciation - showing a world hidden beneath our modern accent readings full of rhyme, rhythm, and a very subtle humour. And a not-so-subtle one too.

About the Speaker

Ben is an actor, author, producer, and explorer of original practices in Shakespeare rehearsal and production. He is an Associate Artist with the Shakespeare North Playhouse and a consultant creative producer for Shakespeare companies around the world. 

About the Annual Babel Lecture


Babel: The Language Magazine is a quarterly language magazine that brings cutting-edge linguistic research to non-specialists in an accessible and colourful format. The magazine covers a vast array of language lovers’ lore, taking in languages from around the world; the past, present and future of language, and the many different uses of linguistics in the world around us.

Babel has a significant national and international profile, having reached thousands of readers across six continents in 38 countries.

Each year, Babel hosts a free public lecture, with previous speakers including Susie Dent and Stephen Fry. This year, the Babel Lecture will be hosted by Northumbria University.


For more information and to register for the event please click here

Our Law team are offering a wide range of opportunities, for students, across the 23/24 academic year.


Law Taster days are available throughout the year and can be delivered to students Y11-13 (or equivalent). These days tend to include: a Law taster lecture, a Mock Trial and a tour of the facilities (please note, timetable may be subject to change).


The team are also able to offer bespoke sessions including Advocacy Workshops and Law Enrichment sessions in schools.


If you are interested in these events, please send Malvika Unnithana a potential date with preferred timings, year group of students and the number of staff and students attending. Please note, for Law Taster days we recommend a minimum of five students and no more than thirty.

Please direct any questions or queries to Malvika Unnithan:

Date and Time:

Friday 3rd May: 09:45 - 14:30



We are pleased to announce that the History & English Taster Day is returning on Friday 3rd May 2024. This event is aimed at those studying in Sixth Form/College. Please note, this form is for teachers/advisers only and we will follow up to let you know that you have been allocated spaces. The event has limited spaces so it will be first come first served.

Students will be taking part in a variety of History and English Academic sessions, to get a feel of what studying these subject at university and Northumbria would be like. The session titles are:

  • “We are here because you were there”: Empire, Migration and Multiculturalism in Modern Britain

  • Early American Poetry and the ‘unbounded soul’: Close Reading as a Portal to the Imagination

  • World Englishes: what, where and why?

  • A Global Revolution? The Russian Revolution and the Rise of International Communism

  • Feminist Magazines, Media and The Handmaid’s Tale

  • 'The truth, the whole truth, and nothing like the truth' 

  • Daughter, Wife, Mother, Entrepreneur, Radical: Finding Women’s Lives in the Archives

  • ‘Have you heard?’ Gossip and Literature

  • Language and the Mind: I think, therefore I speak

  • Writing in the World Workshop - only 38 places available

For your school to sign up for this event please click here to fill out our Teacher/Adviser Interest Form.


For more information about this event please contact Daniel Smith.


Students were invited onto Campus to explore what it would be like to study Business at Northumbria. We hosted two Business Experience events, which ran on the 15th and 29th November in our flagship Newcastle Business School.

Students were given the opportunity to learn more the following Business courses at Northumbria:

  • Accounting
  • Business & Human Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance & Economics
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain, Operations and Analytics
  • Tourism Events Management

This was a great introduction for students to understand the different paths they are able to take into Higher Education Business courses, meeting Academics for the first time and learning more about life at Northumbria.


For any questions or queries about the event please contact Harry Brodie by emailing


Our annual Health Alive event returned on the 28th November where students were able to take part in a range of different Health courses at Northumbria. The students joined in the practical sessions and got a hands-on experience of what it would be like to explore Higher Education in the Health environment.

Students were given the opportunity to learn more about the following topics at Northumbria:

  • Adult Nursing
  • Learning Disability Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Children's Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Operating Department Practice

From our feedback, the students got a lot out of the event and they enjoyed seeing the real-life elements of the Health sector for the first time. The practical facilities they were able to view and take part in gave students an insight into their future careers after Sixth Form.


For any questions or queries about the event please contact Nigel Lung by emailing


Northumbria University welcomed 200 students on campus to our History & English Taster Day on Monday 13th November.

Students were given the opportunity to experience a variety of different topics at a Higher Education level and what they would be studying here at Northumbria. The following sessions were discussed with the students:

  • Language and the Mind: I think, therefore I speak

  • Feminist Magazines, Media, and the Handmaid's Tale

  • Social and Regional Variation in English

  • World Englishes: what, where and why?
  • Writing in the World Workshop
  • Othello: Text and Context

  • Students in the Streets: Protest and Activism in 1968
  • Visual Representations: How did the Tudors compare to other European monarchs?
  • Why did the British government decide to build the Thames Barrier

These sessions gave a great insight to the different avenues of History and English at Northumbria, meeting Academics for the first time and exploring our campus.

Please direct any questions or queries about this event to Katherine Butler by emailing:

More information:

Please find contact information for all Humanities Outreach events on the information page.


Our students joined us on campus on Tuesday 17th October for our Maths Experience Event. The day took place in The Great Hall, Sutherland Building on Northumbria's City Campus.

Students learnt about Making Sense of Statistics, The ubiquity of "e", Platonic Solids and much more about university life.

The students told us they got a lot out of the event and really enjoyed hearing from Mathematical experts in their field, which opened up their eyes for Maths at university and to understand more about life at Northumbria. 


For any questions or queries about the event please contact Matteo Sommacal by emailing:


Students from across the North East visited us on Wednesday 22nd November for our Psychology Taster Day. This event gave the students a hands-on understanding of what it would be like to study Psychology at University. They explored the following topics on the day:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology

Students were also able to experience Northumbria's leading facilities including our Motion Capture Lab, Eye Tracking technology and EEG equipment.


For any questions or queries about the event please contact Nigel Lung by emailing

Timetables for Events

Please find the schedule for the event below. Please note, you will need to bring paper, a pen, a calculator and your own lunch. (Timetable subject to change) 

09.45-10.00: Arrivals 

10.00-10.10: Welcome 

10.10-11.00: Making Sense of Statistics Dr Eduwin Pakpahan  

11.00-11.10: Break  

11.10-12.00: The ubiquity of "e" Dr Matteo Sommacal 

12:00-12:30: Campus Tour 

12:30-13:00: Lunch (Lunch is not provided but campus shops and cafés will be open and there is space for eating packed lunches) 

13.00-13.50: Platonic Solids Dr Gert Botha 

13.50-14.00: Evaluation and Close 

More information about the sessions can be found below. 


Session 1

Title: Making sense of Statistics 

Lecturer: Dr Eduwin Pakpahan 

For some, mathematics is easy, but for others it is the opposite. Statistics, as part of mathematics, is without exception. The language of probability, distributions, hypothesis testing and estimation, is somehow difficult to understand. It becomes more so when the focus is not merely about the numerical results, but the reasoning and the messages those numbers convey. In this talk, we will begin with a brief history of statistics, starting with two statisticians (and their masterpieces) and their contributions to the many fields of science (economics and medicine, in particular). We will illustrate their work using some graphs and tables, and students will be challenged to think about the findings. We will present Simpson's Paradox and the debates between correlation and causation. These problems represent how statistical analysis should be performed carefully and thoughtfully, thus demonstrating it is not only about the methods that we master, but also the understanding of the research questions that we examine. 


Session 2 

Title: The ubiquity of "e" 

Lecturer: Dr Matteo Sommacal 

From calculus to finance, probability, statistics, optimal planning, quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, population dynamics, medicine, epidemiology, the number "e" - aka Euler’s number or Napier's constant - shows in the broadest range of problems as one of the most fundamental constants of nature. Almost mysteriously, it appears prominently and ubiquitously in all branches of pure and applied sciences, allowing to define functions that are at the very foundations of modern mathematics. In this workshop, we will start from an interactive exploration of the idea of compound interest on bank savings and rediscover "e" along the historical line of Jacob Bernoulli's seminal work. We will then give some other striking (and surprisingly unrelated-to-one-another) examples of the pervasive presence of "e" around us and in the universe. 


Session 3 

Title: Platonic Solids 

Lecturer: Dr Gert Botha 

For thousands of years natural philosophers, mathematicians, artists and thinkers have been intrigued by the regular solid shapes that one can form in three dimensions. Each of these enclosed volumes is constructed from identical two-dimensional planes and has the property that all its angles are equal and all its sides have the same length. We shall be looking at how to construct these solids and investigate some of their properties. 

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