UP for Uni

Welcome to UP for Uni. We aim to inspire and inform secondary school students about university life

Animating Paddington

Ever wondered what it’s like to work on a major animated film production? Find out what animator James Hickey had to say about it (and if he likes Paddington’s favourite, marmalade sandwiches)…

How a tweet can save a life

Geography graduate Gemma D’Souza writes about her research into how social media can be used to help in natural disasters.

Facts on the fly

Most people think flies are disgusting but many don’t realise how fascinating they are. Did you know they can taste with their feet and breathe through their bottoms? You can even study flies at university. Here are fourteen incredible things you probably didn’t know about them…

How to be a travel writer

I’ve been lucky enough to go all around the world and get paid to write about it….

The first known fossil of a four-legged snake

The first known fossil of a four-legged snake

Do you ever wonder what it might be like to make a new discovery?  Well, keep your eyes peeled and you could spot something no one has ever seen before.

How bang on is The Big Bang Theory?

Harry Wilcox is a physics graduate studying a PhD* at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth and a massive fan of the Channel 4 show.

The Ultimate fair game

University isn’t just about going to lectures and hanging out in the library. It can also be a great opportunity to try something new…..