Oxford Series Information

Saturdays June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16th 2016


If we have more students apply than are places then not everyone can be selected. You will be informed nearer the time in writing as to whether your application was successful. 


  • To increase young people’s awareness of engineering: its nature, challenge, scope and variety.
  • To excite and inspire them through the personal dynamic of delivery by practising engineers.
  • To give experience of decision-making and collaborative working on practical engineering tasks.
  • To explore engineering’s pivotal role in a developing world, plus its societal and ethical implications.


Target group

Pupils in Year 9 in 2015/2016 who are academically able and judged to have suitable potential and interest in the classes. They should be in the top few per cent of the population in terms of ability, but not necessarily as measured by examination success. Students likely to benefit and enjoy the Masterclasses most will probably have already demonstrated aptitude or particular interest in one or more of Science, Technology and Maths.

Typical personal profile

Participants need enthusiasm and persistence as much as ability. The trial and error nature of some of the projects will require a combination of determination and ingenuity so sticking power will be needed if initial designs don't quite go to plan.

Masterclass format

The classes usually take the form of short lectures and discussion interspersed with small group work. The engineer presenter is supported by a number of teacher-helpers who will provide practical assistance during hands-on activities and circulate generally to offer help and advice. Students will be issued with notes that they are encouraged to take away with them at the end of each morning session for further review and consolidation.

Dates and times

Students will attend six Masterclasses in the summer 2016. The Masterclasses will be held on the six Saturdays listed above. Students are required to attend all six classes. All sessions start at 10.00am prompt and finish at 12.30pm. Please arrive at 9.45 on the first day for registration.

Attendance: Acceptance of the invitation implies commitment to full attendance of all six Saturday Masterclasses. 


Equipment needed (and to be brought to all Masterclasses)

  1. Notebook and ball-point pens, or pencils, with at least two different colours.
  2. Geometrical instruments: ruler, compasses, protractor, scientific calculator.
  3. A drink and snack may be brought for the mid-morning break.


Special Events: On the final Masterclass session (July 16th), there may be an extended session. Families will be invited to the final hour for a round-up and presentation of certificates.