Programme of Events


NEW! 2018-2019 Programme of Events

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OCTOBER, Wed 10th: Launch Lecture (Twilight Lecture #1) and STEMM Fair, Xaverian College

Arrive from 3:15 PM

3:30 PM Keynote Speaker: Dr Leanne Hodson, University of Oxford; Lecture and Q&A

4:30 PM STEMM fair - universities, industries and researchers

NOVEMBER: Twilight Lecture #2, Cheshire College South and West, 3 - 4.30 pm

DECEMBER: Twilight Lecture #3, Cheshire College South and West, 3 - 4.30 pm

JANUARY: Twilight Lecture #4, Xaverian College, 3 - 4:30 PM

FEBRUARY: Twilight Lecture #5, Xaverian College, 3 - 4:30 PM

MARCH: Twilight Lecture #4, Xaverian College, 3 - 4:30 PM

Daresbury Laboratory Visits: Electron Microscopy and Computational Chemistry 

APRIL: Mathematics Weekend Workshops, led by Oxford academics, hosted by both Cheshire College South and West and Xaverian College.

Practical Maths skills, looking at how Maths is important across the entire spectrum of science

JUNE, Mon 24th June - Fri 28th: Corpus Christi Science Summer School, Oxford

JULY: Year 10 Applied Sciences Taster Day (Manchester/Crewe)

AUGUST: Pembroke College Science Summer School, Oxford


What are the events?

Twilight Lectures: The lecture series aims to introduce students and teachers to current research across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Leading researchers convey the excitement associated with their area, and explain where the current forefront of their research is and what the challenges are for future developments in their field. The lectures are designed to be as interactive as possible to effectively communicate the excitement of the latest scientific research.

“Specialist colleagues were highly impressed with how far we have come on the use of materials in these highly sensitive and precise applications where special materials often have to withstand very high temperatures and pressures”. Lecturer at South Cheshire College.

Mathematics School: An annual Mathematics School encourages students to apply their mathematical knowledge to a diverse range of problems across the sciences. The aim is to show how mathematical methods underpin almost all scientific endeavours. Students are expected to think flexibly about Mathematics in preparation for studying STEMM subjects at university. The school is led by university staff, and participants will be working alongside current undergraduate students in workshops as well as researching a project to be presented on the final day. Limited places available.

Visits to universities and research facilities: Through visits to leading laboratories, such as Daresbury Laboratory in Warrington, students get to see for themselves cutting-edge research activities. They will see, and often operate, some of the latest scientific instruments, and see some of the latest technologies currently being developed. The visits all give the chance to interact with a wide range of researchers and to discuss the nature of their work.

Summer Schools: Five-day residential Summer Schools hosted by Corpus Christi College Oxford and Pembroke College Oxford will allow Year 12 students from state schools in the North West develop their scientific understanding. Through a programme of lectures, tutorials, group research projects and laboratory exercises students will be challenged to think beyond their previous range of experiences and to explore and to discuss their ideas with leading scientists. Current undergraduates act as mentors to support this process. The aim is to equip them with the confidence and experience to apply for STEMM courses at leading research universities.

"This week taught me that science is an interdisciplinary field and you can still learn about physics, alongside many other subjects that I really enjoyed at GCSE and AS, like geography and chemistry, by applying for a lesser-known but just as recognised degree. Now I'm looking into fields like Materials Science, Earth Sciences and Geology, and feel much happier knowing that I don't have to sacrifice some of the science subjects I love in order to specialise into a particular area." Year 12 Science Summer School attendee