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Discovery Project

  • CalendarJanuary, February, March, July, October, November, December
  • Clock outlineUp to 2 hours

This project is for young people with autistic spectrum condition between the ages of 14 and 19 who have the potential to go on to university.

Pupils on the scheme will be mentored by current university students who can give an insight into university life and help equip pupils with skills needed for university life. This will be done through a combination of activities, including workshops, academic taster sessions and social events.

Together, the young people and their mentors will plan out a calendar for the year ahead, combining events from the programme of group sessions with individual activities (such as planning a meal and cooking together, going for a coffee, or attending open days).

The project runs fortnightly from October to Easter. Pupils who attend the Discovery Project are also invited to a Summer School, held in July each year.

About the organiser

This activity is organised by Widening Participation Team, Communications and Marketing department. Contact us at for more details.

How to book

This programme runs fortnightly from October to Easter; the Summer School takes places in July. Please email us to book a place.

TicketThis activity is free

  • Venue to be confirmed.


  • TickKey stage four - ages 14-16, years 10-11
  • TickKey stage five - ages 16-18, years 12-13
  • TickFurther education students

Curriculum themes

  • TickHealth and wellbeing
  • TickHumanities
  • TickLanguages, literacy and communication
  • TickMathematics and numeracy
  • TickScience and technology
  • TickLife sciences
  • TickSocial sciences
  • TickDigital competency

Activity type

  • TickActivity
  • TickMentoring
  • TickResidential experience
  • TickSupport from University student volunteers


  • TickWidening university participation

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