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Summer schools inspire the next generation


Students enjoy a challenge during a summer school workshop

School students enjoyed a taster of university life earlier this month as they took part in engineering summer schools on campus.

As part of week-long programmes, students from Year 12 and Year 9 gained experience in a variety of engineering disciplines, attending workshops and tackling real-world challenges.

Supported by undergraduate mentors, students gained an insight into how engineers use their scientific knowledge to develop solutions to real-world problems. They also gained a broader understanding of what life is like for undergraduates, and as part of a small cohort the groups enjoyed a number of social activities throughout the week.

At the end of the week both cohorts took part in a showcase event where groups gave presentations on an engineering concept they learned during the week to their peers, leaders and invited guests.

Speaking about the Year 9 Summer School, which is open only to girls, programme coordinator Renee Boling said: "The summer school is a great experience for the students to gain a wider understanding of the different types of engineering and a unique opportunity for them to be with like-minded females.

"Throughout the week I saw the girls' enthusiasm and confidence grow through hands-on workshops and team building activities. This was highlighted for me in the final session when the girls demonstrated impressive knowledge and understanding when communicating their favourite aspect of engineering from the week in groups during the poster exhibition."

The Year 12 cohort also enjoyed themselves. One student said: “It’s been great. I’ve had fun building things and getting hands-on experience, and I’ve enjoyed working out why things work the way they do!”

Find out more about the engineering summer schools.

 A gallery of images from both summer school programmes is available below.

  • Group work
  • Group work
  • Group work
  • Year 12 group photo

    Year 12 group photo

  • Year 12 group bowling

    Year 12 group bowling

  • Year 9 group photo

    Year 9 group photo

  • Year 12 group in workshop


Sean Conner

Sean Conner
Faculty of Engineering

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