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
Handouts for the Thinking Machines talk are available here:
- Colour version
- Greyscale version
- For the handout on reading and background activities related to Philosophy, please see here.
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 day will take place on:
- Friday 18 September
The July open days content can be viewed here
You do not need to register to attend the open days; however, you can sign up for the September Virtual Open Day to receive useful information about the event.
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.
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.
(Year 7s from UK state schools)
Date of next event: 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 information, from last time we ran this event: www.cs.ox.ac.uk/conferences/InspireHer. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bookings for this event are currently closed.
Philosophy Plus Science Taster Day
(Year 11 & 12s from UK schools)
Date of next event: 2021 TBC.
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.
(Year 9 from UK schools)
Dates of next event series: TBC .
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, 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.
Women in Computer Science Day
(Year 10 (& 11 if available), women from UK schools)
Date of next event: TBC
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.
Further Maths - What Next?
(Year 12 from UK schools)
Date of next event: (This subject is currently under review and subject to change).
Booking requests are now closed
Doing Further Maths A-level, but not sure what you want to do at University? Enjoying 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 June event.
Lesser-Spotted Sciences Day
(Year 11s from UK schools)
Date of next event: (This subject is currently under review and subject to change).
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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Other Events for Young People & Schools Groups
UNIQ Spring & Summer Schools: Computer Science
(Year 12s, at UK State Schools.)
Date of next event: 2020 dates TBC
UNIQ Computer Science Summer School | New College The programme is open to students in UK state schools and colleges, with 850 places available this year across all subjects. 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 Spring/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 the subjects offered as both a Spring and Summer School is Computer Science. UNIQ participants live in an Oxford college during the Spring/ Summer School. 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 Spring/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 Spring/Summer school must be taking A Level Maths or equivalent. Further Maths is very strongly recommended. As UNIQ is an access programme, preference is given to applicants from low socio-economic status backgrounds and/or from areas with low progression to higher education. Therefore, an unsuccessful application to UNIQ does not reflect an applicant's likelihood of being successful in an application for undergraduate study at the University of Oxford.
Applications for 2020 will open in December 2019
Further information: www.uniq.ox.ac.uk.
Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences
(aimed at Year 12)
Date of next event:
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
It All Adds Up: A Maths Conference for Girls
(Year 9 - 12(or equivalent) at UK schools)
Date of next event:
- 15 January 2020: Year 9 (limit 12 per school)
- 16 January 2020: Years 10-11 (limit 12 per school)
- 17 January 2020: Year 12
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
Applications are now open and will close on 21 October for schools, and 8 November for individuals in Year 12. Please see https://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/r/ItAllAddsUp. for more information.
Oxford Maths Festival
(Open to all)
Date of next event: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020
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.
Problem Solving MATters
Date of next event: 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 2019 event, 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: 2020 dates TBC
University College are offering a study day for 60 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 our 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 provisional programme, please see Univ's website. Bookings are now closed for the 2019 event. All enquiries should be sent to Nelli Chamings-Manley on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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: email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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