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Outreach Schemes offered by UK Universities

This page contains information and contact details for UK universities which are currently offering or developing their own art history outreach programmes for schools. 

If you, your school or your students are interested in studying art history at university get in touch with your local university or art college.

Universities have supplied us with this information because they are keen to be in contact with schools, teachers and students of all disciplines. So don't hesitate to get touch and find out more.

The following information is listed alphabetically and in accordance with the details offered by the universities. We are very keen to develop and grow this information: please contact education@aah.org.uk if you would like to be included.


Cambridge University
Contacts for admissions and outreach enquiries: Frank Salmon and Francé Davies and Anna Jenkin, Outreach Coordinator, Faculty of Architecture and History of Art, University of Cambridge, 01223 768927.
Cambridge University is running a full programme of taster days for Year 12 and Year 10 students, as well as school visits, masterclasses and a Sutton Trust Summer School. For more information visit www.hoart.cam.ac.uk/outreach or email the contacts above.


University of East Anglia
Nell Croose Myhill, Education Officer, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.


University of Edinburgh
Emily Goetsch, PhD Research Assistant, Widening Participation Co-Organiser, MSc Internship Option Course and 3rd Year Honours Work Placement Option Course, University of Edinburgh.

Emily Goetsch is working with Jill Burke on a project to better understand the types of students who are attracted to History of Art and also the hurdles that might prevent some from pursuing the discipline at the university level. She is hoping to acquire data on the size of departments at universities throughout the UK and the backgrounds of students in those departments. Please contact her if you can help with this information, which will be kept entirely confidential. Emily will share any research trends with the AAH and universities.


University of Essex
Contact Rachel Wier, Education Outreach Officer, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester C04 3SQ,
Schools sixth form partnership VI6: from September 2015 the University of Essex is acting as a hub for 6 sixth form colleges. Students will spend one day a week studying for their A-level on the University campus with consortium schools providing the teaching. Seven A levels will be offered, AS to A2, including History of Art and schools will provide transport. The University of Essex is providing facilities along with enrichment lessons and opportunities. Class size: maximum 25 students. Click here or here for details.


University of Leeds
Contact Abigail Harrison Moore, Head of School, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, 0113 343 5272

The University of Leeds as a varied and exciting programme of support to teachers and students studying/teaching the history of art, art and design and/or the Extended Project Qualification.

We list all of our Education Engagement Activities on our teachers’ pages here, and we are also happy to discuss bespoke activities if required.

Our offer includes, for example, teachers conference which include the opportunity to explore your classroom practice through your own art practice in our studios; Progress days that allow students to explore options in HE and careers in our field in conjunction with gallery partners; ARTiculations Discovery Days for years 10 and 11 run in conjunction with museums such as The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery, Chatsworth and Harewood; support for ARTiculations run in conjunction with Roche Court Educational Trust; a whole programme of support for the EPQ, with a specialist focus on art and the history of art, and the artefact version of the EPQ if required.


University of Leicester
Contact Simon Richards, Senior Lecturer, Department of History of Art and Film

Members of academic staff in the department contribute lectures and sessions to the university's bi-annual Schools Taster Conferences, which are held every June and December (for latest details and bookings, contact: outreach@le.ac.uk). The department is also happy to offer bespoke arts-related outreach activities and talks, both at the university and offsite, to any schools and colleges that get in touch.


University of London
Anna Batchelor, Access Officer (School of Laws, Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences, UCL, 020 3108 7640 x: 57640

The Courtauld Institute of Art, is a specialist college of the University of London, Contact Helen Higgins (thurs-fri), who coordinates the Oak Foundation Young People’s Programme*, or email education@courtauld.ac.uk, 0207 848 1058, or visit their education pages

*The Courtauld’s Young People’s Programme is committed to widening participation at The Courtauld Institute of Art and to Higher Education in general. We offer activities and events throughout the year designed to encourage young people from non-selective state schools and the FE colleges that serve them, to visit The Courtauld Gallery and engage with art history and art practice.

1. School talks and workshops in The Courtauld Gallery
2. Art History in the Classroom. A series of visiting seminar-lectures delivered by a postgraduate research student or Alumni of The Courtauld Institute of Art in your school or college. Schools must be in Greater London to apply.
3. Teachers Resources
4. Extended Projects for Schools. The Courtauld Public Programmes works with local schools, colleges and community groups to offer a variety of experiences and opportunities for young people outside of formal education. We aim to engage students with the research and academic thinking that personifies The Courtauld Institute of Art.
5. Insights into Art History. A series of workshops for young people outside of school hours, working with The Courtauld’s curators, academics, and associate artists. These take place in half term and Saturdays throughout the year.
6. Art History Beyond London. An outreach programme designed for schools and colleges outside of London, delivered in your classroom and local gallery. These can also be delivered in partnership with local universities. In the past we have worked with University of Nottingham and Leeds University. We would love to hear from new schools, colleges, and universities interested in collaborating with us.
7. Year 12 Art History Summer University. Spend four days experiencing student life at a world-class university with its own beautiful art gallery. Only open to widening participation students in Greater London.
8. Study Skills Handbook. A downloadable resource for students and teachers preparing for the transition to university, with a particular focus on art history.
9. Art practice projects. We run a number of art practice projects that have art history at their core. Innovative collaborations include Animating Art History with University of Arts London and Look Again.

The Courtauld’s programme is free of charge for non-selective state schools with a high proportion of pupils on FSM and the Further Education colleges which serve them.


University of Manchester
Contact Sonja Bernhard, School Outreach Officer, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, 0161 27 5342,  or  Colin Trodd, Admissions Tutor, AHVS, The University of Manchester.

Outreach event listings for Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester can be found at: http://man.ac.uk/d7MMyO

The department is also happy to arrange bespoke visits – if you would like to bring a group of students onto campus or would like to explore the opportunity of a member of staff or a student ambassador delivering a talk at your school or college, please get in touch with the outreach officer Sonja Bernhard.

The Whitworth Gallery, University of Manchester: Denise Bowler, Secondary and Post-16 Coordinator, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER, 0161 275 7453.


Open University
Gill Perry and Amy Charlesworth are expanding the Open Arts Archive which provides open access to artistic, cultural and educational resources. The Open University is currently working on furthering its public engagement, widening participation and secondary level education teaching packs with the Open Arts Archive. For more information visit the OAA website or email Amy Charlesworth, Lecturer in Art History The Open University, Faculty of Arts, Art History Department:


University of Oxford
Contact Rachel Leach, Manager of Administration, Department of History of Art, 2nd Floor, Littlegate House, St Ebbes, Oxford OX1 1PT, 01865 286830.

The University of Oxford’s annual History of Art summer school has been running since 2010 as part of a programme of free summer schools at Oxford University open to students studying in their first year of further education and who are based at UK state schools/colleges. As the UNIQ summer schools are an access programme, we give preference to applicants who come from schools and areas with little or no history of successful application to Oxford. Students apply for a specific course that aims to give them a realistic view of Oxford student life. UNIQ participants live in an Oxford college for one week in July or August. They attend lectures and seminars in their chosen subject, and workshops about applying to Oxford. Click here for more details.


Oxford Brookes University
Contact Christiana Payne, Professor of History of Art, or Marika Leino, Senior Lecturer in History of Art.


University of Sussex
Contact Ben Burbridge, Lecturer in Art History, 01273 606755 ext. 2176

The University of Sussex Art History department offers a range of events for students in years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 through its widening participation office. These include taster days hosted on campus and a range of gallery-based events across London and the South East. Many of these events make use of exhibitions and displays curated by Sussex faculty.

The department also offers a range of masterclasses for Art History A-Level students. Our annual Study Day for Year 12 Art History students takes place at a major London museum in the early autumn.

We are happy to arrange for groups of students to visit the Sussex campus to learn more about studying Art History at degree level and about university life, through a range of talks, tours and taster sessions. We can also arrange for members of the Sussex faculty or groups of our current students to visit schools and colleges.

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