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Students spend 3 days at a leading UK university doing exciting hands-on activities and personal development sessions.


The Inspire course combines hands-on STE(A)M activities/projects, lectures and workshops, whilst meeting and working with undergraduates, postgraduates, technicians and academics who are there to share their experiences and own achievements.


Minimum of 30 participants, maximum of 60 participants.


A course is £245 per student.

Dates and Location

The course takes place at different universities across the UK. 


Inspire courses consist of 3 days at a university.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Electronics/Robotics/Programming
    • Energy/Environment
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Medicine/Healthcare
    • Space/Aerospace Engineering
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering/Systems/Processes
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming High - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Staying Positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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  • Cost applies

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  • Cost may apply

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