Uncover Engineering: 5th to 8th April 2020

Uncover Engineering is a free residential course pilot which will let you discover what it’s like to be an engineer – trying out a subject you're not taught at school.

Uncover an exciting new subject

You’ll take part in hands-on workshops across a range of engineering disciplines. From programming robots to creating and testing packaging for breakable items, you’re sure to find something you’re passionate about.

Staying in Oxford University’s Somerville College and attending classes at the Department of Engineering Science, it’s a peek behind the scenes at student life. Join us for Uncover Engineering and learn to see the world through an engineer’s eyes.

We’re looking for girls who are creative, inventive and curious about the world around them. Does that sound like you? If you’ve got a talent for science and maths, then Uncover Engineering could be for you.

At a Glance

Who is it for? 14-16 year old female students

When is it? Sunday 5 to Wednesday 8 April 2020

What will it cost? It is free to attend

Where is it? Somerville College and the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

What are the academic criteria? Predicted to obtain a minimum of six GCSEs graded at 7-9, including Maths, Science and English


Who's Eligible?

We’re passionate about promoting Engineering Science to students from backgrounds under-represented in Higher Education. As such, priority will be given to students who meet any of the following criteria:

  • You are entitled to free school meals or pupil premium
  • You live in an area which has a low progression rate to Higher Education (using the ACORN and POLAR3 scores)
  • Your parents/guardians do not have a university degree
  • You have been in care or are a young carer

Image credit@ William Parry, Wadham College

How to Apply

To apply for this programme, please fill in the online application form, or you can use the QR code below.

The deadline for applications is 13:00, Friday 31 January 2020. Please note you will need to provide details of a teacher at your school who can confirm your predicted grades (e.g. a tutor or head of year) as well as a personal statement explaining why you would like a place on the Uncover Engineering course. Your personal statement should be between 300-600 words long.

What will I do on the course?

You'll stay in an Oxford college each night and come to the Engineering Science department for practical sessions, workshops, talks from people working in Engineering,and design & build challenges.

Practical sessions could include topics like Computer Aided Design, beam build, robotics and engines.

You'll meet lots of our current students who will be able to answer your questions and fill you in on what it's like to study Engineering at university.

In the evenings there will be entertainment provided for you, plus dinner back at the college.

Throughout the week you will be looked after by our Outreach Officer, Libby McGowan, who will make sure you feel welcome and help you get to know the other girls on the course.

What do I need to know?

You'll need to arrive between 3.30 and 4.30pm on Sunday 5 April, and be picked up by 3.30pm on Wednesday 8 April. Parents and carers are invited to a final wrap-up session on Wednesday at 2.30pm.

Any questions?

Get in touch with our Outreach Officer at outreach@eng.ox.ac.uk