Outreach, schools activities and public engagement


We see it as part of our role to inspire the next generation of young scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs. We visit local schools and welcome young people onto our beautiful campus to encourage exploration and understanding of the things we do and the opportunities available to them. Our academic schools have programmes of activities specific to their subject and we also engage in College and University-wide activities designed with the younger generation in mind.

School outreach pages

University wide activities

Our Open Days provide a perfect opportunity to come onto campus to discover the breadth of educational opportunities that we can offer. 

Our Community Days are family-oriented events where everyone can come and interact with our academic staff, take part in experiments and play with some of the latest technological devices that are used in our pioneering research.In addition to our large events we also offer other activities such as quizzes, masterclasses and summer schools.

Year 10 Discovery Day and Year 11/12 Taster Day

Our EPS Discovery Day and Engineering Taster Day provide a great way to be introduced to the way we teach some your favourite subjects and procides an opportunity to learn about new subject areas that can lead you into careers in all sorts of fascinating industries. Please contact Kat Grover for more information.

Every June we offer a chance for year 10 pupils to discover the different subjects on offer in the Engineering and Physical Sciences. The next Discovery Day is on the 23rd June 2014, for more details and to register visit the  Discovery Day page. 

In July we hold an Engineering Taster Day aimed at Year 11 and 12 pupils who are thinking about applying to university to study one of our subjects. The next Engineering Taster Day will take place on the 8th July 2014. Students will have a choice of taster sessions from:

  • Civil Engineering 
  • Computer Science
  • Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Nuclear Engineering

For more information and to register as an individual or a school please contact Kat Grover by the 17th June 2014  or for more information download the Taster Day Flyer (pdf).

Year 9 Girls in STEM Day

Each September we hold an inspiring day of interactive activities, talks and tours to encourage female pupils to continue studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects.


Girls in STEM Day 2014

The next Year 9 Girls in STEM day will take place on the 17th September 2014 from 10am to 3pm. The day will include:

  • A welcome talk by Dr. Ceri Brenner;
  • Two interactive STEM workshops;
  •  Packed lunch;
  • A campus tour.

Places are limited to 20 per school and registration is required.

Download the Girls in STEM day flyer or for more information and to register please contact Kat Grover.

Girls in STEM Day 2013

The 2013 Year 9 Girls in STEM day was a great success with around 150 girls attending. They heard a talk from Professor Averil MacDonald and took part in workshops on topics such as Robots, Ice Cream, Black Holes and Racing Cars. 88% of the girls said they were more likely to study science at A-level after attending the Year 9 in STEM day 2013.

Wider National Outreach Events

Engineering Education Scheme

The University of Birmingham hosts The Engineering Education Scheme which runs the residential experience project in December for year 12 students. They undertake a project mentored by professional engineering companies and produce an original piece of engineering. There is an awards ceremony in May.

About EES

The Engineering Education Scheme in England & Scotland is an EDT Programme which links teams of four Year 12 or S5/S6 students and their teacher with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems. 

The scheme provides students with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology that will enable them to make an informed decision about their future studies and career. 

This will be achieved by giving the students, in a 6 month programme;

  • Hands-on work experience as part of a team
  • Experience of problem solving, working on a project that is relevant to a local company
  • Use of a university’s engineering workshops to develop, build and test solutions to the problem
  • Professional skills lectures on Communications (written, verbal and visual) and Project Management
  • The opportunity to develop technical skills and see school physics, chemistry, technology etc applied in an industrial environment
  • An opportunity to meet professional and graduate engineers, scientists and technologists
  • Experience in presenting their solution, in a formal verbal presentation and formal written technical report, to a panel of senior professional engineers

Students will receive an EES National Certificate on successful completion of the programme and a Duke of Edinburgh Skills Certificate. They will also get the opportunity to compete for a British Association (BA) CREST Award.

During their six-month project phase, students are encouraged to show industrial enterprise, creativity and innovation whilst gaining extensive experience of problem-solving, team-working and project management. All key Key life skills are developed within the context of the world of work, www.etrust.org.uk/ees/about-ees.


Energy lights and heats our buildings, feeds our transport systems, enables business and industry and fuels the global economy, and yet in the twenty-first century over a billion people worldwide still live without electricity in their homes. We are facing our biggest challenge; how do we develop an infrastructure which can give us the energy services we want, and make them accessible to all, without undermining the ecosystem which sustains our existence? This Headstart course will give you an opportunity to explore some of the ways in which scientists and engineers are working to tackle the problem of ensuring we all have ‘power for the future’.

What’s it all about?

This Headstart course will give you the opportunity to learn more about how science and engineering are being used to ensure we maintain global power supplies at the level needed for the 21st century. You will have the opportunity to work with University researchers who are leading these developments, and you will get the opportunity to work with current university students on practical activities and challenges. The course will give you experience of what university life is like, and will enable you to experience university level teaching in science and engineering. It will also give you the opportunity to explore just some of the exciting range of career opportunities that are available to you after studying science and engineering at university.

Would this course suit me?

If you are interested in exploring how science and engineering skills can be applied to tackle global challenges then this course is for you. Equally it will be suitable for you if you are interested in any of the following disciplines:

  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Metallurgy & Materials
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry

What do I need to be suitable?

The University of Birmingham is an internationally renowned research-intensive university that has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives. This Headstart course is designed to reflect our beliefs and values, and is designed to enable you to explore what life at our University is like.

This course will suit you if you have a scientific and mathematics background and are interested in applying your skills and knowledge to tackle global problems and challenges. It will also provide you with a chance to sample studying and living in Birmingham and to work with those currently studying engineering at University.

For more information or to register get in touch with Headstart directly at: www.etrust.org.uk/headstart/courses