These events are designed to give you an insight into subject areas at York. Taster days cover a range of related subjects whereas subject conferences focus in depth on one subject area. They're suitable for Year 12 students and mature applicants.

Taster days

Taster days give you the opportunity to find out about subjects you could study and your future career prospects. You'll take part in three mini-lectures, meet our staff and students, hear about student life and tour our campus.

Our taster events for 2017 have now finished. You may be interested in attending a subject conference, or one of our Undergraduate Open Days instead.

Subject conferences 2017

Subject conferences give you the chance to explore a particular subject in depth and have a taste of what it is like to study at York. The day includes lectures, some practical workshops, a campus tour and the opportunity to talk to staff and current students.

Electronic Engineering

Friday 7 July, 9.30am - 4pm

Spend a day in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of York getting an insight into what it might be like to study electronics at university.

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  • 9.30am: arrival and refreshments
  • 10am: welcome and introduction by Professor Andy Hunt and Helen Sharples
  • 10.15am: Electronic Engineering - it's not just about electronic circuits!
    • A lecture by Dr Steve Smith, a Reader in the Department of Electronic Engineering. His research concerns the application of computers to problems in healthcare.  His current research interests include developing novel representations for evolutionary algorithms, particularly applied to the diagnosis of neurological dysfunction and analysis of mammograms.
  • 11am: Controlling Light and Sound with Electronics
    • A practical activity led by Marc Green, a current PhD student. Marc's research includes using computer auditory analysis to develop live audio technologies, and he is interested in the use of electronics prototyping platforms to develop new and novel interfaces for audio interaction and sound synthesis.               
  • 1pm: lunch (provided)
  • 2pm: The What, Why and How of Nanotechnology
    • A talk by Dr Steven Johnson, a lecturer in the Department of Electronic Engineering. Steve's research is focussed on the integration, detection and manipulation of biological materials, such as DNA and proteins, with nanoelectronic devices.
    • The talk will be followed by an interactive tour of the nanotechnology facilities in the department.
  • 3.30pm: break
  • 3.45pm: Electronics Careers, UCAS Applications and Q&A
    • A talk by Helen Lay, Undergraduate Admissions Officer for the Department of Electronic Engineering.
  • 4pm: depart


Please contact Helen Lay, Undergraduate Admissions Officer for the Department of Electronic Engineering.


Friday 7 July, 10.30am - 3.45pm

At this event, you'll have the chance to discuss fascinating and topical questions with Philosophers from the University of York and our guest Nigel Warburton.

This event is free and is suitable for year 11-13 school and college students with an interest in philosophy or religious studies.

Book your place


  • 10am: arrival and registration, Campus West, Biology Building, rooms B/002 and B/006
  • 10.30am: welcome and introduction to the University of York
  • 10.45am: Selfishness and Morality
    • A talk by Dr Chris Jay. Are we as naturally selfish as some philosophers think? And is it rational to be more interested in one's own wellbeing than in the wellbeing of others? This talk will explore these questions - and also, whether there is a difference between self-interest and selfishness.
  • 11.30am: God, Suffering and Horrendous Evil
    • A talk by Rev Dr David Efird. Many theists affirm not only that God exists but also that he loves us. But if he loves us, why did he create us so that we cause one another to suffer so much and so badly, especially those people we love the most? And why does he allow us to suffer not only through the actions of others but through disease, disability, and natural disaster? Finally, how could there (not) be a hell, where some people are permanently separated from God? We will consider these questions, and more, in this talk.
  • 12.15pm: lunch
    • You'll need to bring or buy your own lunch
  • 1pm: Rumours, Headlines and Believing without Evidence
    • A talk by Dr Louise Richardson
  • 1.45pm: Can it ever be right to believe without evidence?
    • Tackle the question yourself, in a seminar discussion led by Philosophy tutors from the University of York
  • 2pm: break
  • 2.45pm: Free Speech
    • A talk by our guest, author and podcaster Nigel Warburton
  • 3.35pm: final questions and summary
  • 3.45pm: depart, or join an optional student-led campus tour (tour lasts about 40 minutes)


Please contact Nick Jones, the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for the Department of Philosophy.


Friday 7 July, 9.30am - 4.00pm

This free conference in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York is for post-16 students (Year 12 or equivalent), and will provide a taste of what it is like to study chemistry at university through a packed programme of talks and workshops.

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  • 9:30 Arrival and refreshments
  • 10:00 Welcome and Introduction
  • 10:30 Chemistry Lecture: Illuminating Sunscreens
  • 11:10: 2 Chemistry Workshops
  • 12:15: Lunch
  • 13:00 Chemistry Workshop
  • 15:15: Chemistry Careers, UCAS applications and Q&A
  • 16:00: Departure


Please contact Lisa Mayer (, Schools Liaison and Outreach Administrator for the Department of Chemistry.

Undergraduate Open Days

You may also be interested in attending our flagship Open Days which take place in the summer and autumn. They include a packed programme of talks, tours, mini-lectures, and the chance to view accommodation.