Seventy Year 12 students from UK state schools got a taste for university-level science courses thanks to the Women in Science Day run by Trinity and Jesus Colleges on 20 February.
The full-day event hosted by the two colleges was attended by students from 56 schools from across the UK and featured science lectures and seminars led by female academics in scientific fields from accelerator physics to computer science and materials science.
Now in its fourth year, the jointly-run event is aimed at encouraging more young women into STEM degrees – and to consider Oxford in their applications.
Hannah Rolley, Head of Access at Trinity College, said of the event: ‘This event increases in popularity each year but we were absolutely blown away by the number of students who wanted to take part this year. Between them, Trinity and Jesus have some really excellent resources and wonderful academics who can support this kind of event. We look forward to running lots of similar events in the future!’ Hannah Rolley, Head of Access
The day featured a keynote speech from Trinity Fellow and Professor of Chemistry Susan Perkin, as well as a number of academics and doctoral students. Feedback from the day was enthusiastic, with one participant noting:
‘I found everything absolutely fascinating and there was a fantastic range of courses and specialities to explore. The fact that we got an insight into current research that woman in the scientific field are developing was amazing and really broadened my career prospects and made me consider alternative degrees that’d I’d never thought of before.’