Inspiring future scientists

2nd October 2014

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Science experiments, tutorial groups and mentoring sessions will form part of a Wadham Aspiration Day for 120 school and college pupils thinking of studying sciences at university.

As part of our celebration of science - 400 years since the birth of Wadham’s Warden Wilkins – Wadham is opening its doors to pupils from its regional schools who are looking to make a university STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) application in the near future.

The University Departments for Plant Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics will conduct workshops where students can take part in experiments and tutorial groups. 'University-style' labs have been supplemented with the help and assistance of PGCE students, each with a particular specialism in science, who will provide advice, explanation, and encouragement. The school students will also learn about the Oxford application and admission processes, enjoy guided tours of Wadham, and lunch in the magnificent Hall.

Following a day of scientific activity and STEM enrichment, pupils have been given tickets to the Sheldonian event, ‘The Invention of Modern Science’, where they will be able to hear discussion led by Melvyn Bragg (Wadham 1958); Sir Paul Nurse (President of the Royal Society); Professors Marcus du Sautoy (Wadham 1983) and Professor Jo Dunkley (Exeter College).  

Wadham’s Senior Tutor Caroline Mawson commented: “We hope school pupils will find the day productive, enriching and enjoyable. We would like to help foster and encourage interest in science and are confident that we can expose pupils to fascinating new branches of science being taught here at Oxford, inspiring them to apply to continue to study the sciences at university and beyond.”

This aspiration day is one of many events made possible by the generosity of Wadham alumni.

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