Events for prospective students and schools groups
We hold a range of events throughout the year for prospective students, and for schools groups. Details can be found below. Those for which bookings are open are indicated in the contents list at the top of the page.
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Open Days (for prospective students and their families)
University-wide Open Days in June/July and September
The Department of Computer Science participates in the annual Oxford University-wide open days in June (sometimes early July) and September. In light of continued developments with coronavirus (Covid-19) the University of Oxford 2020 Open Days for prospective undergraduate students will go ahead as Virtual Open Days. The next open days will take place in 2021: 30 June, 1 July, 17 September.
Not sure where to start when it comes to colleges? See our guidance page on choosing a college , plus a list of colleges who regularly admit Computer Science students.
Computer Science Taster DaysWe run a variety of Taster Days throughout the year. Our regular events are detailed below. These are one day events, designed to introduce young people to Computer Science. These are open to both school groups, and individuals (plus parents/guardians), but we do normally ask that each attendee books their own place, even if a teacher or guest is accompanying the interested student(s). (Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/teacher/guardian.) Sign up to our mailing list to receive an alert about these, and other Computer Science-related events we offer, as new dates are added, and bookings open.
Philosophy Plus Science Taster Day
(Year 11 & 12s from UK schools)
Date of last event: Friday 15 January 2021. Date of next event: January 2022 (tbc.)
Bookings are now closed
What is chaos? What is infinity? Can machines think? The links between Science and Philosophy are broad and deep, extending well beyond the obvious overlaps in logic, artificial intelligence, and ethics. Some of the greatest philosophers of the past - from Aristotle to Newton - are now known as scientists. Sir Isaac Newton's first book, Mathematical principles of Natural Philosophy, outlines this everlasting relationship between science and philosophy which can still be seen today.
This taster day provides an opportunity to find out more about how science and philosophy intertwine. More specifically, how Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics all have one thing in common, Philosophy. The day will consist of lectures and college tours, as well as advice on the Oxford application process. Speakers will include University of Oxford lecturers and there'll be the chance to meet current Oxford students.
This event is ideal for those interested in learning more about the Oxford undergraduate degrees in either Maths and Philosophy, Physics and Philosophy or Computer Science and Philosophy, and who are considering applying for an Autumn 2019 (or later) start. It is also aimed at those with a passion for Mathematics, but who are undecided about what to study at university; and those who already have an interest in any of the subjects mentioned, and would like to find out more. Open to high-performing students in years 11–12 at UK schools. Students should be taking (or planning on taking) A Level Maths or equivalent, and Further Maths is highly recommended.Please get in touch via email@example.com if you have any questions.
Oxford Women in Computer Science (OxWoCS) Challenge Club
(Women in Year 11 & 12s (15-17) from UK State schools)
Date of next event: January - August 2021. Montly sessions. First session: Thursday 28th January 2021, 4:30-6:30pm.Applications are closed. We hope to run this event series again in 2022.
The Oxford Women in Computer Science (OxWoCS) Challenge club is a new initiative created by the Oxford Women in Computer Science society alongside the Oxford Department of Computer Science. It aims to create a community of young women with a passion for mathematics and its applications. The club will consist of monthly mathematical and Computer Science related problem sheets which will be sent out for students to solve. These problems are designed to stretch and challenge students. At the end of each month, students will take part in an online discussion lead by an Oxford Computer Science student, to discuss the problems including solutions and techniques. We expect that students who are selected to join the programme to participate in each of the nine online sessions. We anticipate that the problem sheet to take about 6-8 hours of work, each month, in your free time, before the live session.
(Year 9 and 10 from UK schools)
Dates of next event series: June and July 2021 .
Applications are open!
The Royal Institution Masterclasses are a series of hands-on and interactive extracurricular activities that are designed to encourage, inspire and engage young people in the creativity and practice of computer science, helping to highlight the links between this wide-reaching discipline and other subjects. Each session is led by enthusiastic speakers from industry, academia and education. They offer students in-depth investigations of topics areas outside of the school curriculum, combining theory with interactive exploration. The series of six Saturday morning masterlcasses will each last around two and a half hours, and be led by different speakers on various computer science topics. The Ri Masterclass series is aimed at year 9 students (and for 2021 we are accepting year 10 students too), from state schools in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Swindon, Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire. Participants must be nominated by their school. Participants are expected to attend all six sessions.
The Royal Institution Masterclasses will be going ahead in 2021, with sessions held online.
Further information: www.cs.ox.ac.uk/CSRIMasterclasses
(Year 7s from UK state schools)
Date of next event: not running in 2021 (but will be revisted)
InspireHer! In partnership with Google, the University of Oxford's Department of Computer Science is hosting an exciting event with plenty of hands on activities and coding challenges for mothers and their daughters. This event is open to mother and daughter teams from the Oxfordshire area. Daughters need to be in Year 7 (age 11–12).
Women in Computer Science Day
(Year 10 (& 11 if available), women from UK schools)
Date of next event: TBC. Not running in 2021.
The day is designed to raise awareness of what Computer Science is at university level, to meet women (and men) who work in the Computer Science field and find out how they're changing the world. Find out what computer science really is: it's not just ICT and it certainly isn't just for boys and geeks. There will be a visit to a college and the chance to meet some current researchers. Students attending should have a flair for Maths.
For more information, please visit www.cs.ox.ac.uk/WomeninCS.
Other Events for Young People & Schools Groups
Remote Interview Workshops
(current applicants for 2020 from UK state schools)
Date of event: 10-27th November 2020
The University of Oxford's colleges and departments are collaborating to run a series of 90-minute online interview workshops. During the workshop students will find out more about the interview process, what to expect, and how to prepare, before taking part in a session focused on typical interview questions for the course for which they have applied. This is open to UK state school students only. Successful applicants will be allocated to the most suitable workshop available for the undergraduate course for which they have applied. We will be operating a waiting list for those who are unsuccessful and all applicants will receive follow up resources to help them prepare for Oxford interviews along with subject specific information.
Apply for a place here
UNIQ: Computer Science
(Year 12s, at UK State Schools.)
Date of next event: April - November 2021. Deadline for appliations March 15 2021.
UNIQ 2021 is an online programme that will help you explore subjects that interest you and to prepare for University. During UNIQ we will introduce you to students and academics from the University of Oxford. We hope that once you have got to know more about us, you will want to apply to Oxford and our extended UNIQ programme will support you through the application process. UNIQ is a free programme for state-educated students from all over the UK. This year we are offering 2,500 places on UNIQ (across multiple different subject streams.) Sessions start in April and run through to November. The Computer Science academic sessions will happen in July. Other related subject areas are also available, for example Maths.
UNIQ is an access programme, which means that we prioritise state school students with good grades from backgrounds that are under-represented at Oxford and other highly selective universities. We welcome applications from the following groups:
- Year 12 students from England and Wales, in the first year of A level studies or equivalent
- Year 13 students from Northern Ireland, in the first year of A level studies or equivalent
- S5 students from Scotland, studying Highers or equivalent
The main criteria we use to select students relate to academic potential and information on students educational and socio economic background.
Further information, and deetails on how to apply on the UNIQ webpages.
Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences
(aimed at Year 12)
Date of next event: Tuesday 23 March, Wednesday 24 March, Thursday 25 March 2021
These conferences are designed to provide up-to-date information on the application and admissions procedure at both institutions, across all subject areas, as well as providing an insight into student life. The events are aimed at students who have already completed their GCSE/Standard Grade (or Intermediate 2) examinations and are now undertaking further study. The conferences will cover: Courses available at Oxford and Cambridge; Applying to Oxford and Cambridge; Student life; Student finance and careers; Interviews. Admissions tutors, academic staff and current undergraduates from both universities will also be on hand to answer students' questions. For 2021 the Student Conferences will be held online.
View the full schedule for the Student Conferences, including timings for our live sessions. Admission is FREE but by ticket only and all bookings should be made online. For more information, and to book please visit the Student Conferences website. Enquiries should be sent to the Student Conferences team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oxford Pathways Programme
(Years 10–13, selected UK state schools)
Date of next event: normally various dates throughout the year. Under review for 2021.
For full details, please visit the Pathways website
The Department of Computer Science contributes to the Pathways Programme, an initiative coordinated by the Colleges of the University of Oxford, with support from the Sutton Trust. The programme aims to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford to academically able students, and staff members, in non-selective state schools with little history of student progression to Oxford. All of our events are run in Oxford, and are free to attend. The programme works with specifically targeted state schools across the UK, from years 10 to 13. On the whole these are schools without sixth forms, or schools with little, if any, history of sending students to Oxford. Further information on the Pathways Programme webpages.
Non-Computer Science Specific Events
It All Adds Up: A Maths Conference for Girls
(Year 9 - 12(or equivalent) at UK schools)
Date of next event: TBC. On hold for 2021.
The Mathematical Institute and Department of Statistics are pleased to welcome girls in Years 9-12 to our annual conference. The event will include:
- inspirational talks by female mathematicians
- mathematical activities and games
- hands-on workshops
Please see here for more information.
Oxford Maths Festival
(Open to all)
Date of next event: TBC
Bringing together talks, workshops, hands-on activities and walking tours, the Oxford Maths Festival is an extravaganza of all the wonderful curiosities mathematics holds. Over two days you can immerse yourself in a wide range of events, with something for everyone, no matter your age or prior mathematical experience.
All events are free to attend. Some require pre-booking. Details about the 2020 Maths Festival is available here.
Problem Solving MATters
Date of next event: June- October 2021 TBC.
This course is for year 12 students from state-funded schools, academies and colleges who are interested in applying for places at Oxford University, Imperial College, Durham University and Warwick University to study Mathematics. This course is designed to prepare students for the way they will have to think to achieve success in the MAT, TMUA and other problem-solving mathematics examinations by developing their mathematical thinking and problem solving skills.
The course consists of three face to face study days (at one of the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, Durham University and Warwick University), three summer assignments, and five online follow-up sessions.
The course costs £60, but full funding is available to students who would have trouble meeting this cost.
Please check back here nearer the time for details of how to book for the future events, or sign up to our mailing list mailing list to be notified when bookings open.
Mathematical Sciences Year 12 study day
(Year 12 at UK schools)
Date of next event: 2021 TBC
University College run a study day for Year 12 students interested Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The day will include lectures from Univ's tutors in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering. The day will also include some information and guidance on the Oxford aptitude tests, the (the MAT and PAT). Alongside this, you'll get the opportunity for an insight into life at University College through College tours with undergraduates and lunch in their dining hall. To apply students need to submit an application form, and a teacher from their school needs to submit a teacher approval form to support their application. These days can be oversubscribed so not all applicants will necessarily have a place on the day. For a the 2020 programme, please see Univ's website. All enquiries should be sent to email@example.com.
Oxford Online Maths Club
(Open to all)
Date of next event: Every Thursday afternoon. (Catch-up available.)
Every Thursday at 16:30, our friends over at the Oxford Maths Institute will be livestreaming one hour of maths problems, puzzles, mini-lectures, and Q&A. It’s free, interactive, casual, and relaxed, with an emphasis on solving problems, building fluency, and looking ahead at links to university.More here.
Outreach Across the University
For more information about outreach events across other subjects and areas within the university, please visit the Outreach events webpage, found here.
Ad hoc events
Schools and youth groups
If you want to bring a group of students to Oxford for a day, for example, to find out more about Oxford University (in a non-subject specific way), or introduce your students to higher education in general, or are looking for personal statement and interview workshops, please contact your link college. To ensure it is as easy as possible for schools and colleges to engage with the University, each Oxford College is now linked with a number of Local Authorities across the UK. You can find your link college here. If you would like to have a Computer Science academic session as part of your visit please let the college know this when you contact them. It doesn't matter if your link college doesn't offer Computer Science as a degree subject: we routinely work will colleges from across the University, offering short academic taster sessions as part of their events.
If the events on this page don't suit your school or youth group's needs, but you're interested in taking part in some kind of Computer Science-focussed taster event, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the likely size of your group, and what age group the students are, plus any dates you have in mind.
Prospective undergraduate students
If you are unable to come to one of the open days, but you are visiting Oxford on another occasion, please do get in touch with us and we'll try to arrange a visit to the Department for you. Please email email@example.com. It is helpful if you can include possible dates (and any time constraints). If you already know which course you wish to apply for, and/or at which college, please mention this. It is also helpful if you can tell us which A Levels (or equivalent) you are taking, which year you are in, and if you are bringing a family member(s) with you when you visit.
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