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Uncover Engineering

Uncover Engineering

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 Engineering lets you combine your skills in maths and physics in a new way, to explore a rewarding subject that will prove useful in everything. At the same time, you’ll get a glimpse into university life, giving you a head start for when you start thinking about your future.

 

NEW FOR 2023! Uncover for Black Students

In addition to Uncover for female students, we are now offering a second course for UK based students in school year 10 identifying as being of Black African heritage, Black Caribbean heritage, mixed Black heritage or other Black heritage. See full details below.

 

 

Uncover an exciting new subject

We’re looking for people 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.

It’s a free residential course that will show you what it’s like to be an engineer – trying out a subject that you won’t be taught at school. 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 one of Oxford University’s historic colleges 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.

Uncover for Black Students

Who is it for? UK based students in school year 10 (or equivalent) who identify as being of Black African heritage, Black Caribbean heritage, mixed Black heritage or other Black heritage

When is it? 29 March to 1 April 2023

What will it cost? Uncover is free to attend. There are travel bursaries available for eligible students where this is a barrier to attending.

Where is it? Lady Margaret Hall 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

 

Uncover for Female Students

Who is it for? UK based female* students in school year 10 (or equivalent)

* Students who identify as female or non-binary are eligible for this course

When is it? 2 to 5 April 2023

What will it cost? Uncover is free to attend. There are travel bursaries available for eligible students where this is a barrier to attending.

Where is it? St Hugh's 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
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Key dates

Application Deadline: 4pm, Monday 13 February

Application Result Confirmation: Friday 17 February

Participant Confirmation Deadline: 4pm, Wednesday 1 March

How to Apply

You will need a parent/guardian with you when filling in the application form. The application should take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. Once you start filling in the form, you will not be able to save your details if you have to stop. Please make sure you have the following information to hand before starting to fill in this form:

  • Your personal details (including whether your parents/guardians/carers went to university)
  • Contact details for your school and a teacher who can confirm your predicted grades (e.g. a tutor or head of year - they will only be contacted as a result of a successful application)
  • Your personal statement explaining why you would like a place on the Uncover Engineering course (this should be between 300-600 words long)
  • Details of your current predicted or final GCSE grades  

For more information please contact outreach@eng.ox.ac.uk.

Uncover 2022 participant

“I loved all the engineering activities and workshops but one of the best was the beam building because it was a chance to get hands on and see the practical side of the course. It was really fun to use all of the new equipment and materials too.”

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Uncover Engineering has been made possible by the generous financial support of CIWM and WEERT (the Waste Environmental Education Research Trust).