Author: Caroline Thomas, Widening Participation
The 2018 Year 12 Engineering Summer School will take place from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July.
Now in its second year, this summer school was heavily oversubscribed in July 2017 when 183 students applied for 60 places. You can watch this video of last summer's Engineering Summer School for a snapshot of the academic and social aspects of this residential and to see if you can spot any of your colleagues!
Following this success, we are looking to recruit 90 students this year. As per last year, successful applicants will need to meet one or more of our widening participation criteria.
Sue Dimond, the Outreach Officer responsible for liaising with the Faculty, worked with Professor Richie Gill, Dr Chris Chuck, Dr Jannis Wenk, Dr Chris Clarke and Dr Paul McCombie, who led four design and make research projects covering Civil, Chemical, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
In 2017 the following PhD students and staff worked on the projects with the students throughout the week: Dr Sara Monasterio Martinez Dr Kes Gopalan, Bruno Agostino Hernandez, Sonia Ramos Pascual, Doyin Odumbaku-Mansell, Carla Gonzalez Solino, Parimala Shivaprasad, Jon Chouler, Caitlin Taylor, Will Hawkins, Elizabeth Lloyd, Alex Beasley and Jonathan Graham-Harper-Cater, as well as undergraduates Gemma Andrews and Alex Lee.
Professor Jos Darling kick-started the week with an Introduction to Engineering at Bath talk. Dr Ben Metcalfe, Dr Andrew Thomson, Dr Chris Chuck and Professor Richie Gill gave undergraduate taster lectures to the students, and Professor Jos Darling, Dr Paul McCombie, Professor Manuch Soleimani and a representative from Admissions provided one to one advice on applying for engineering in their departments at an admissions tutor session.
The Widening Participation team is now communicating regularly with the attendees via a closed Facebook Group through relevant and timely posts to keep the University front of mind. Ultimately the main objective of this continued contact is to encourage the attendees to apply to the University.