Headstart courses are a programme of residential experience weeks run by university engineering departments throughout the country. They aim to encourage able, well-motivated sixth form students to apply for university engineering courses, and to promote student awareness of the importance and challenge of careers in technological industry. The scheme, which caters for both males and females, has been running successfully in the Department of Engineering Science for many years.
The Oxford Engineering Headstart course offers an exciting programme of demonstrations, hands-on experience, projects and a design competition, as well as visits to local engineering companies. In recent years, students have learned from Oxford experts about topics such as ‘Engineering devices for sustainable energy’ and ‘Grandstand vibrations and human-structure interaction’. Students have visited UKAEA Fusion at Culham, Siemens Magnet Technology, Sharp Laboratories, Didcot Power Station and Laing O'Rourke construction sites. Evening activities have included business games, visits to the University Botanical Gardens and tours of Oxford colleges.
During the course there is ample opportunity for students to meet and talk to University staff, postgraduate students and representatives from industry.
All students stay in Oxford college accommodation and a highlight of the course is the formal college dinner on the last evening.
For more information about the Headstart scheme and how to apply visit the Headstart web site at www.etrust.org.uk/headstart.