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Applications open for UNIQ summer school in Computer Science


The UNIQ summer school is week-long academic course developed and taught by Oxford tutors and has been designed to give students an idea of what it would be like to study Computer Science at Oxford. 

Selected students will spend time learning a subject in depth, in a programme led by Geraint Jones. In addition to the Computer Science content students will also attend sessions about the application process at the University of Oxford and meet alumni of the University and current students. Participants will get the opportunity to stay in one of the colleges of the University of Oxford and take part in a range of evening activities.

Of the UNIQ 2010 participants (across all subject areas), 132 gained places for 2011 entry and are now studying at Oxford. Sixty-eight per cent of UNIQ 2011 participants have subsequently applied the University for 2012 entry. One of last year’s Computer Science participants commented: 'Lectures were brilliant, lectures and helpers were very approachable and good at explaining anything you didn't understand. Good level of teaching, no too hard, yet wasn't easy to complete.'

The summer school is open to high-performing students in their first year of lower sixth form study (Year 12) at a UK state school.  Applicants for the Computer Science course will need to be taking Maths to A2, Advanced Higher or Higher IB. Further Maths and science subjects are also useful. The aim of the summer schools is to award places to those who would benefit the most from the aspiration-raising activities that are at the heart of the summer school experience. Therefore, we give preference to applicants who come from schools with little or no history of successful application to Oxford, and to applicants who live in postcode areas in which we would expect fewer

The UNIQ summer schools are provided free of charge to participants. All food and accommodation is free, including all academic and social activities. Travel in advance, from a nearby town or city is also paid for.

The Computer Science summer school will run between 15-20 July 2012. Applications are now open and will close at 7pm on the 23 February 2012. 

Information about the Computer Science summer school – and the other 27 subject courses available from UNIQ in 2012 – can be found at


Women in Science Easter Residential 2012

Applications are also open for the Women in Science Easter Residential 2012 which will be held on the 2-4 April 2012.  This three-day residential course is aimed at academically able Year-12 female students from UK State schools, who are considering studying science subjects at university. The academic programme will include taster sessions in a range of subjects including Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Materials Science and Computer Science. In addition, participants will find out about the range of career opportunities for science graduates. The residential will give participants a taste of university life and information on studying science at university. Participants will stay in Jesus College, and take part in social activities in the evenings. The deadline for applications is Friday 10 February 2012.  Further information and applications details