Widening Participation

We are delighted to provide bespoke sessions free of charge, to our target schools, linking higher education and exploration of The MERL and University special collections. These cover a wide range of options to suit different interests and learning styles, and offer cross-curricular learning links to support a range of KS1 to KS5 subjects. Contact the Widening Participation Officer for more information on target schools or to book a session.

Topics include:

  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • History
  • Art and Design
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Business
  • Health
  • Food and Nutrition

Example sessions:

  • Jobs – Ancient and Modern
  • Gender stereotypes in the world of work
  • Why Higher Education? Routes into HE
  • Careers in the Heritage Sector


  • Introduces students to the Museum of English Rural Life and our collections.
  • Encourages students to start investigating different careers and develop capacity to navigate higher education and graduate employment.
  • Enables students to explore the different routes into careers including higher education, developing awareness of the benefits of higher education and graduate employment.
  • Provides exposure to a range of different careers which can link to particular subjects, developing students’ understanding by contextualising subject knowledge.

Bookings and Enquiries

For enquiries and to book, please contact us on merlevents@reading.ac.uk or call 0118 378 8660.