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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)

University-wide Open Days

held annually in June/July and September

University wide Open Day Dates for 2022: Wednesday 29 June, Thursday 30 June and Friday 16 September 2022

The Department of Computer Science participates in the annual Oxford University-wide open days in June (sometimes early July) and September

Individuals and family groups do not need to book to visit us for the open days in June or September. The days will usually involve the chance to find out more about the courses, an opportuity to meet current academics and students, as well as attend sample lectures and find out more about the application process

You do not need to register to attend the open days; however you can sign up to our mailing list to be notified when further detail is availble.

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 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.

Ri Masterclasses
(Year 9 from UK schools)

Dates of next event series: 2023 TBC.

Applications are now closed. This is an annual programme and we expect to open bookings for the 2023 cohort in February/March 2023.

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.

Sign up to our mailing list to receive an alert about this, and other events we offer as details are released.

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

Date of next event: January 2023 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 2023 (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 philosophyplus@cs.ox.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Oxford Women in Computer Science (OxWoCS) Challenge Club
(Women in Year 12 (16-17) from UK State schools)

Date of next event: 2023 TBC. Applications are now closed.

The Oxford Women in Computer Science (OxWoCS) Challenge club is an annual event (usually with applications opening in September) 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.

Please get in touch via challengeclub@cs.ox.ac.uk if you have any questions.

InspireHer!
(Year 7s from UK state schools)

Date of next event: TBC. Not running in 2022.

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 inspireher@cs.ox.ac.uk

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

Date of next event: TBC. Not running in 2022.

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.-->

Mathematics and Computer Science Study Day
(Year 12s from UK state schools)

Venue: St John's College Oxford.

Date of next event: Wednesday 11th May 2022.

Applications are open for a Maths and Computer Science Study Day. If you're looking for an academic taster session from Oxford tutors, application service and a chance to chat to current students, then this is the event for you. The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 22nd of April 2022.

More information, can be foud here: https://www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/discover/events/mathematics-and-computer-science-study-day-2022/. If you have any questions, please email access@sjc.ox.ac.uk

 Other Events for Young People & Schools Groups

Remote Interview Workshops
(Y12s, at UK state schools)

Date of event: Runs annually in December

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.

UNIQ: Computer Science
(Year 12s, at UK State Schools.)

Date of next event: Running from April to December 2022. Applications are now closed.

This event is now CLOSED. The programme is open to students in UK state schools and colleges, with 1350 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 2023 will open in December 2022

Virtual Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences
(aimed at Year 12)

Date of next event: planned for March 2023

The Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences are joint, regional events for Year 12 students (or equivalent) who are studying for their A Levels/IB (or equivalent) and beginning to consider their options for study beyond sixth form.

We want students to have the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into what living and studying at Oxford and Cambridge is like, an understanding of how both universities assess applications and the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.

The conferences offer:

  • Live webinars covering a range of topics including making a competitive application
  • Live subject webinars with current students
  • New for this year – live and recorded sessions for international students
  • Videos covering a wide range of subjects, created especially for the Conference
  • Opportunity to chat with academics during live, typed Q&A sessions
  • Information for teachers and advisers

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.

The next conferences are planned for 2023, please visit the Student Conferences website. Enquiries should be sent to the Student Conferences team: studentconferences@admin.cam.ac.uk--> No registration is necessary. .

 Non-Computer Science Specific Events

Oxford Maths Festival

(Open to all)

Date of next event: 7-8 May 2022.

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. Details about the 2022 Maths Festival is available here.

It All Adds Up: A Maths Conference for Girls
(Year 9 - 12 or equivalent at UK schools)

Date of next event: 2023 TBC

The Mathematical Institute and Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford are pleased to welcome girls and non-binary students in Years 9-12 to our annual conference. The event will include:

  • inspirational talks by female mathematicians
  • mathematical activities and games
  • hands-on workshops

  • 15 March 2022: Year 9 (limit 12 per school)
  • 16 March 2022: Years 10-11 (limit 12 per school)
  • 17 March 2022: Year 12

Applications are now closed

Problem Solving MATters
(Year 12)

Date of next event: June – September 2022 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 usually 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.

We don't yet know what the format will be for Problem Solving Matters 2022. Due to Coronavirus, in 2021 the course was delivered online.

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: 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 access@univ.ox.ac.uk.

Oxford Online Maths Club

(Open to all)

Date of next event:(Catch-up available.)

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: Oxford Online Maths Club.

UCAS Fairs

(Open to all)

Date of next event: various

You can find out more about the UCAS events that Oxford University is taking part in (both in-person and online) here

STEM Mentoring

(Open to all)

Date of next event: various

In collaboration with our Outreach Team, our Early Career Teaching and Outreach Fellow, Tom Crawford, is running a mentor programme for high-achieving Y12 students looking to apply to a STEM subject at Oxford later this calendar year. Tom is a science communicator who has regularly been featured on Numberphile – an educational YouTube channel with over 4 million subscribers. You can find out more about this online 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.

Keble College Summer Admissions Webinars

Keble College are offering a series of admissions-focused webinars for Year 12 students from any UK state school during June 2022. Students should sign up independently via the link below. This is a great way for your ambitious students to reinforce or further knowledge gained from other outreach talks and programmes, or indeed to learn about the Oxford admissions process for the first time. Some sessions are repeated to give more opportunities for students to access the talks. Please note that if a session is listed with the same title as another, it is a repeat! Please click on this link.

Monday 30 May 3-4pm: Oxford Admissions Explained

Wednesday 1 June 3-4pm: Personal Statements for Oxbridge

Wednesday 8 June 4-5pm: Preparing for Admissions Tests

Monday 13 June 4-5pm: Oxford Admissions Explained

Wednesday 15 June 4-5pm: Oxbridge Interviews – how to start preparing

Thursday 16th June 4-5pm: Personal Statements for Oxbridge

Student session registration form (all): please click here.

Parent/carer session registration form: please click here.

Fitzwilliam and St Anne's Women in STEM Programme 2022

Do you identify as a woman/non-binary? Are you thinking of studying Engineering at University? Fitzwilliam College in conjunction with St Anne's, Oxford will be holding an online webinar with lecturer Dr Christelle Abadie on September 27th at 5pm, which will involve discussion about the importance of including women in engineering, as well as application advice!

Fitzwilliam College is delighted to have launched our new Women in STEM programme in conjunction with St Anne's College, Oxford - a one-stop event for all the physical sciences, and both Oxford and Cambridge! To book onto these events, find out more below, and please complete our online booking form. Want to find out more about STEM subjects at university? Interested in finding more about Oxford and/or Cambridge? If you identify as female, non-binary, or another marginalised gender, and are in Years 10-12 (England and Wales), S3-S5 (Scotland), Years 11-13 (Northern Ireland) or equivalent overseas, then sign up.

To book, please complete the online booking form. Booking closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday 27th April.

For more information, please visit the website: please click here.

Marie Curious

Marie Curious is a free one-day science event for girls aged 11-14, run by the Department of Physics. 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. It's a busy day that begins with a series of ice-breakers to help the girls get to know their group. They will then join three 45-minute, hands-on workshops all about science, technology, engineering or maths. The workshops are run by passionate role-models from a variety of fields. The workshops are followed by a lively Q&A session with leading scientists from all stages in their careers, ready to answer your questions. The day concludes with an interactive science show.

Registration is required for this free event; parents/guardians register their children. More information and booking here.

The Big Think!

The Big Think! We are inviting students across the UK to tackle one of our academics’ ‘big’ questions. These have been specially designed to challenge you beyond your normal school curriculum and get you thinking big about your subject and what it might be like to study it at university. Simply record a video of 5 minutes or less presenting your arguments, research, evidence or opinions. Questions include 'Is the brain a supercomputer?' 'Is Maths really the language of the universe?'

Our winners will receive:

£100 1st Prize

£50 2nd Prize

£35 Subject Commendations

Entries are now open until Sunday 1st May 2022, find out more at please click here.

Unsung Heroes of Science Video Competition

Who has history forgotten? Whose story has been left out of the textbooks? Whose work gets overlooked? Whose story do you want to share?

We want you to make a two-minute video celebrating an unsung hero of science! This exciting competition is open to anyone aged 16-18, either as an individual or in teams of two or three. The shortlisted videos will be promoted by Hertford College, University of Oxford and their creators will be invited to a prizegiving event in the summer. As we’ll be looking for engaging content and brilliant ideas, rather than professional video editing skills, you don’t need any fancy equipment to take part and can film and edit the videos on your phone if you’d like.

The deadline is Friday 29th April, so start choosing your unsung heroes of science now!

For more information, check out the competition webpage: please click here.

Critical Bestiaries of AI: Reimagining Monsters

Save the date for a public engagement event to be held on May 27 - more details to follow

For more information, please visit the TORCH website: please click 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: opendays@cs.ox.ac.uk. 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 opendays@cs.ox.ac.uk. 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 undergraduate.admissions@cs.ox.ac.uk. Our Outreach and Schools Liaison team can be contacted by e-mail at outreach@cs.ox.ac.uk.