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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)

Audio Podcast - Open Days Audio Podcast - Open Days Open days are held at the Department to provide prospective students (and their families/teachers) with an opportunity to meet current staff and students, to find out about the courses and the research work of the Department, to attend sample lectures and to get answers to any questions you have. The talks in the department are written with students in mind, but are also suitable for parents and teachers. In the event, though, of the lecture rooms becoming overfull priority will be given to prospective students. We do ask that as our open day with the Mathematical Institute in spring is often oversubscribed, that attending students do not bring more than 2 guests along.

A map and directions to the Department of Computer Science is available. We strongly recommended that you use public transport, if at all possible. If you do travel by car, please note that parking in the city centre is very limited. There are several Park & Ride bus services which run from car parks on the outskirts of Oxford. We strongly recommend that you do not use Thornhill and Seacourt Park and Ride car parks as these are often full very early in the morning, especially on open days. Please refer to the University's travel advice and parking on open days guide (which includes details of rail ticket discounts available.)

For any queries, please email

University-wide Open Days in June and September

The annual open days in June (sometimes early July) and September form part of the university-wide open days. Individuals and family groups do not need to book to visit the Computer Science Department for the open days in June or September.

Throughout the day we will offer a variety of talks including those on the admissions process, sample lectues, 'day in the life of a student' and 'computer science at Oxford'. A programme will appear here nearer to the event.

Many colleges also have open days that coincide with the June and September dates, so you may like to co-ordinate a visit to the Department with a visit to a college. Or maybe even book in for lunch, or overnight accommodation at one of them.

Some colleges will also hold "meet the tutor" sessions over the lunch-time periods on these days. (Some are drop-in sessions, others more formal talks.) There is no need to book to visit the Department of Computer Science during the June/July or September open days. Booking is however required for some of the college-led sessions. Our priority is to allow prospective students to take part in the open day. So, we only normally accept one guest with each prospective student into the sessions. Where space allows other guests are welcome to join you.

The 2018 university-wide open days will take place on Wednesday 27 June, Thursday 28 June, and Friday 14 September.

Not sure where to start when it comes to colleges? See our guidance page on choosing a college, plus the list of colleges who regularly admit Computer Science students.

Saturday Spring Open Day in the Mathematical Institute

Women in Computer Science Day Students from Queen Elizabeth School (Kirkby)
at a Women in Computer Science day

The Department of Computer Science Spring Open Day will take place on Saturday 12 May 2018 in Oxford's Mathematical Institute.
Event full. Bookings closed.

The event allows prospective students and their families to find out more about the undergraduate Computer Science courses at Oxford, to meet current students, attend sample lectures from staff and tutors, and find out about the application process. As part of the day, prospective students will attend talks on both Maths & Computer Science, and Computer Science & Philosophy. The talks are somewhat academic in flavour, and aimed at students. Teachers and parents are also welcome. However, to allow as many students as possible to attend we ask that each prospective student only brings a maximum of one guest. If there are unusual circumstances and you wish to bring an additional guest mention this in one of the free text fields on the booking request form. Parents and guests will have the opportunity to attend talks on careers, welfare and support, as well as student finance.

Students primarily interested in applying for a Maths degree are recommended to attend the Mathematical Institute Open Day instead, on Saturday 28 April 2018. There will be an opportunity to attend a talk on Computer Science and Maths. However if you are primarily interested in Computer Science, please come to the Saturday Spring Open Day in the Mathematical Institute on 12 May.

This is not a university-wide open day, so other departments etc won't be open. This event follows a set timetable. There will however be an opportunity to visit the Department of Computer Science and/or a College after the formal programme closes. You will be able to sign up for this on the booking form.

To maximise capacity, two mostly identical schedules of talks will run during the day separated by about 30 minutes. For those on the first schedule, arrival and registration starts at 10.00am with the first talk at 10.30am. The formal part of the day finishes at 3.30pm. For those on the second schedule, registration starts at 10.30am, with the first talk at 11.00am. The formal programme finishes at 4.10pm. You will be asked which schedule you wish to follow when booking.

Prospective students and guest their will need to bring their own packed lunches. Tea and coffee will be freely available.

Booking is essential as there are limited spaces available.

This event is now full. There is not further space on either schedule. If you've not been able to book places on this event, please come along to the open days in June and September detailed above.

Please get in touch via if you have any questions.

2018 Open Day Dates

The dates of our upcoming open days for prospective undergraduates are as follows:

  • Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June 2018.
  • Friday 14 September 2018.

During your visit to Oxford you may see organisations handing out leaflets in the street, claiming to offer advice on the application process. Please be warned that these businesses are not affiliated with the University of Oxford, and they may charge for their services. We encourage you to take advantage of the many free opportunities the University is offering to find out more.

 Computer Science Taster Days

We 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.

Women in Computer Science Day
(Year 10 (& 11 if available), women from UK schools)

Date of next event: Tuesday 22 May 2018

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 Sign up to our mailing list to receive an alert when we open bookings for this event.

Computing at School Conference

(Year 11 students from UK schools)

Date of next event: Annual event, normally held in winter

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Held in conjunction with the Computing at School Group (part of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.) The day combines lectures, demonstrations and a practical hands-on session. Speakers will include University lecturers from Oxford and beyond. The day is aimed at Year 11 Maths and Computing and ICT students and their teachers.

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Further Maths - What Next?
(Year 12 from UK schools)

Date of next event: Wednesday 20 June 2018

Bookings currently closed (likely to open in early May)

Doing Further Maths A-level, but not sure what you want to do at University? Talented at Maths, but not sure you want to do something that abstract at Uni? Want to know a bit more about Maths related degree subjects that don't appear on the school curriculum? The day draws together subject areas from across the University who are looking for prospective students with a real aptitude for Maths. Attendees will attend short talks on a wide range subjects. This event is open to very high-achieving Year 12 students from UK schools who are taking Further Maths A-level. Students also taking Physics or Chemistry will particularly benefit from this event. If a student already knows which subject they wish to apply for at university this is not the event for them. Students who are about to finish Year 11 and go into Year 12 to take Maths and Further Maths A-levels may also join the July event.

Further information:

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Lesser-Spotted Sciences Day
(Year 11s from UK schools)

Date of next event: October 2018

Love science but not sure what you want to do at Uni? Talented at Maths, but want something less abstract? Thinking about or already doing Maths & sciences at A Level, but not sure where it could take you? Want to know a bit more about science degree subjects that don't often appear on the school curriculum? Heard of Earth Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science or Materials, but not really sure what they are? What about Biomedicaland Biological Sciences? We are delighted to welcome year 11 students (final year of GCSE) to the "Lesser-Spotted Science Day". The day draws together science subjects from Oxford's Maths Physical and Life Sciences Division, and beyond, that aren't commonly taught in schools. During the day, participants will attend sample lectures, learn about the Oxford application process and visit an Oxford college. This event is open to high-achieving Year 11 students from UK schools who are thinking about, or already taking A-levels (or equivalent) in BOTH Maths, and science subjects.

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Philosophy Plus Science Taster Day
(Year 11 & 12s from UK schools)

Date of next event: January 2019.

Bookings currently 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.

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(Year 7s from UK state schools schools)

Date of next event: 2018 (TBC)

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).

More info: If you have any questions, please email

 Other Events for Young People & Schools Groups

UNIQ Summer School: Computer Science
(Year 12s, at UK State Schools. Annual event.)

Date of next event: July 2018

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The programme is open to students in UK state schools and colleges, with 850 places available this year. Almost every Oxford undergraduate course is now represented on the UNIQ programme with students able to explore Oxford city, the University and colleges as well as find out more about their chosen course.

UNIQ is a FREE summer school at Oxford University. UNIQ is open to Year 12 (or equivalent) students studying at UK state schools/colleges. Students apply for a specific course that aims to give them a realistic view of Oxford student life. One of these courses is in Computer Science. UNIQ participants live in an Oxford college for one week in July. They attend lectures and seminars in their chosen subject, and workshops about applying to Oxford. Participants can also take part in a variety of social activities each evening. And when we say the summer school is free, we really mean it: we cover the cost of transport from your nearest town, your food and accommodation, social activities and the academic sessions. Applicants for the Computer Science summer school must be taking A Level Maths (and preferably Further Maths) or equivalent. Preference is given to applicants who come from schools and areas with little or no history of successful application to Oxford. Therefore, an unsuccessful application to the UNIQ Summer School does not necessarily reflect on an applicant's likelihood of being successful in an application for undergraduate study at the University of Oxford.

Further information:

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences
(Years 12–13)

Date of next event: March 2018

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. Admission is by ticket only. For further information, see the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences webpages.

Oxford Pathways Programme
(Years 10–13, selected UK state schools)

Date of next event: various dates throughout the year

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

Problem Solving MATters
(Year 12)

Date of next event: June - July.

Further information can be found here.

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.

Oxford Maths Festival

(Open to all)

Date of next event: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April 2018

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. Further details and registration here.

Marie Curious: Girls Exploring Science

(Girls in Years 7–9)

Date of next event: Sunday 29 April 2018, 9:00–17:30

A free one-day science event for girls with exciting hands-on workshops and activities. The activities are run by volunteer role models in STEM fields. The event is open to girls aged 11–14 years at secondary school (Years 7–9).

The event aims to build confidence in girls with an interest in science and fuel a passion for continuing to pursue STEM subjects at a higher level. The day provides an exciting opportunity for girls to meet likeminded individuals from other schools and we encourage all girls to work new people at the event to get the most out of the day. Further details and registration 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

Working with primary schools Students at North Hinksey C of E Primary School
taking part in a Computer Science workshop
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: 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 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.

Want to talk to someone?

Enquiries regarding admissions should be sent to Our Outreach and Schools Liaison team can be contacted by e-mail at