School and College Liaison


Inspiring Minds: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Inspiring Minds?

Our Inspiring Minds taster days are an excellent opportunity for Year 12 students to learn more about the options available to them at university. The events aim to enhance current studies and get students thinking about their subjects from a new perspective through a range of undergraduate level taster sessions delivered by our academic staff and students.

How is Inspiring Minds different to Open Days?

These events are different to Open Days because of their subject-specific focus and what our visiting students are given access to, such as example lectures and workshops from relevant academic staff across the university.

What do the sessions involve?

The sessions at these events are mainly undergraduate level taster sessions delivered by academic staff. These aim to enhance current studies and get students thinking about the subject area from a new perspective.

Therefore, the sessions will revolve around topical tasters related to our degree courses, rather than focusing on the specific course content. Items will be provided to take away with course information.

Is it just for Year 12 students?

Our Inspiring Minds events are primarily aimed at Year 12 students, so they can understand what it may be like to study their chosen subject area before applying to university in Year 13.

However, other year groups may also be able to attend certain events. For example, Year 13 students may wish to attend events taking place earlier in the academic year, or if they are considering a gap year before university. Year 11 students may also be able to attend summer events towards the end of the academic year.

If you would like to confirm whether you can attend one of our events, please refer to the relevant event webpage or email

How much does it cost?

Inspiring Minds events are completely FREE to attend, including lunch for students.

However, this excludes the cost of travel for visitors to reach the campus.

Where can I find out what's happening at the event?

Please see the relevant webpage for the specific event you are interested in for more details.

We will publish the complete event timetable as soon as possible, but you can refer to the previous timetable in the meantime, to get an idea as to what is typically included.

Do I need to book?

Yes, if you would like to attend an Inspiring Minds event you will need to book your place online, during which you will be asked to pre-select certain sessions for the day and book a campus tour if you would like one. Please refer to the relevant webpage for the specific event you are interested in.

Alternatively, if you are a teacher wishing to bring a group of students, you can email us at

Can I bring a group of students?

Yes, schools and colleges are welcome to bring groups of students to attend our Inspiring Minds events. 

Please email us on if you would like to bring a group of students.

Where do the events take place?

All Inspiring Minds events currently take place on our main Loughborough campus in the East Midlands.

Where is my timetable for the day?

Your personalised timetable will be provided when you register on arrival at the event, which will include the sessions you selected when booking your place. Please refer to the specific event webpage for the overall event timetable, which shows the sessions that are taking place and when.

If you would like to check or change your sessions, please email

How do I amend my booking?

If you would like to review, edit or cancel your booking, please email

What if I can't attend anymore?

These events have limited capacities and therefore, it is important that you let us know as soon as possible if you can no longer attend, so that we may offer your place to someone else.

Please email or call 01509 223 460 if you are no longer able to attend.

I completed the booking form, but haven't received any more information.

After completing the online booking form for an Inspiring Minds event, you should receive a confirmation email with more information.

Please check your junk/spam folders for any emails from You may like to add this address to your safe senders list in your email account.

If you still do not find or receive anything, please email with your name and the event you booked on to so that we can investigate.

Should I bring a parent/guardian?

You do not need to bring a parent or guardian with you to attend the Inspiring Minds events, however they are welcome to attend if you would like.

(Please note that lunch is provided free of charge to students only)

What can additional visitors (such as parents/guardians/teachers) do on the day?

Additional visitors such as parents/guardians/teachers are welcome to accompany their children/students to our Inspiring Minds events and can do whatever they wish on the day. They can either:

  • Attend the sessions with their children/students (dependant on room capacities)
  • Stay outside of the sessions in the open exhibition space (guest Wi-Fi access will be available)
  • Take a wander across campus or into Loughborough town

Will lunch be provided?

Yes, we will provide a complimentary 'packed lunch' to students. Please let us know of any dietary requirements when completing your booking.

Please note that our caterers do not work in a nut or allergen free environment and therefore, you may wish to bring your own food depending on the severity of your allergy.

On-site retail outlets are available for additional visitors (parents/guardians/carers) to purchase lunch, or for students wishing to purchase alternative options to those provided.

How do I get there?

Once you have booked on to an event, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the pre-event information, containing travel information and directions.

Is there a dress code?

No - please just dress comfortably for the day. There is no formal dress code and formal attire is not required. However, if you have requested a campus tour, please ensure that you dress appropriately for the weather and wear sensible footwear.

Certain sessions may require a more specific dress code. If so, this will be outlined in the pre-event information when you book on to an event.

Do I need to bring anything?

You may like to bring some basic stationery, such as a pen/pencil and notepad, to take notes during the sessions.

You may also like to bring a small amount of money to purchase food and drink from the on-site cafe.

In the interests of sustainability and to reduce waste, please consider bringing a reusable coffee cup and/or water bottle with you.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

Please direct any enquiries relating to the Inspiring Minds series of events to the School and College Liaison team as follows: