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Uncover Engineering - Summer School for girls

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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 your potential

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.

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Uncover an exciting new subject

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.

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 Oxford University’s St Hugh’s 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.

At a Glance

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

When is it? Sunday 10 to Wednesday 13 April 2022

What will it cost? It is free to attend

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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Applications have now closed for this year.

All applicants will receive an email with the result of the application, together with next steps for those that have been awarded a place, on Wednesday 23 February 2022. Students will be asked to accept their places by Friday 4 March to confirm plans to attend the course.

Uncover Engineering has been made possible by the generous financial support of the Waste Environmental Education Research Trust.