Outreach, schools activities and public engagement

Girls in STEM 2014

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 which run alongside our annual College of Engineering and Physical Sciences events for secondary school students on campus. Additionally our academics engage in university-wide activities designed to inspire and inform young people about their university choices.

Our outreach events complement the University Open Days which provide a perfect opportunity to come onto campus to discover the breadth of educational opportunities that we can offer. Please explore the details of these outreach activities below, if you don’t find an event or opportunity suitable for your school please get in touch with Kat Grover to discuss your requirements. 

EPS Schools' Outreach Pages

For more information on outreach in specific subject areas please visit the following pages, or see below for joint events.

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Events

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. 

Previous Girls in STEM Days

This event has been running since 2013 and has grown in popularity each year. Previous workshops have included topics such as robots, black holes, racing cars, ice cream, cancer studies and particle physics. We've welcomed inspirational talks from Anu Martin (The Manufacturing Technology Centre), Dr. Ceri Brenner (Central Laser Facility) and Professor Averil MacDonald (University of Reading). The majority of girls who have attended the Girls in STEM days said they were now more likely to study STEM subjects in the future and a teacher attending in 2014 said the event was "Truly inspirational for our girls". 




Year 10 Discovery Day

In June we offer a chance for year 10 pupils to discover the different subjects on offer from the University of Birmingham in the Engineering and Physical Sciences, this provides an opportunity to learn about new subject areas that can lead to careers in all sorts of fascinating industries. The day aims to inspire students to aim for high GCSE grades and to make appropriate choices for sixth form to allow the study of STEM subjects at University. The 2016 Discovery Day will be held on the 22nd June, more information on future Discovery Days can be found here.

Civil Engineering Outreach


Year 12 Engineering Taster Day

Our Engineering Taster Day, held in July, is for Year 12 pupils who are thinking about applying to university to study an engineering degree. Young people attend a talk from a leading academic, introducing engineering at the University of Birmingham. Then explore two specific areas of engineering in a more in depth taster session. The majority of students who attend our engineering taster days say they feel more informed about their university choices after attending. The day is open to both school groups and individual students. The 2016 Engineering Taster Day will be held on the 5th July for more information please contact Kat Grover. 


Headstart (Year 12)

Headstart is a summer residential course designed to encourage 17 years olds who have performed particularly well in their GCSE examinations, to consider science or engineering when making their higher education subject choices.  It is one of the suite of courses run by the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) and has the backing of professional bodies, major global industries, charitable organisations and the armed forces.

The University of Birmingham 2016 Headstart course is on Power for the Future and will be held from the 11th-14th July. Students get to attend lectures, take part in hands-on lab projects and go on an industrial visit. Evening events include such things as bowling, a sports evening and an end of course dinner. 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.

For more information, or to register, please visit the headstart website, please note all applications must be made through the EDT directly and not through the University. 



Headstart at Birmingham



University and Wider Activities

University Outreach and Recruitment

Our academics work with the University Outreach and Recruitment teams who undertake a wide range of activities and provide resources for teachers, careers advisers and parents supporting students in making decisions about their future and preparing for University. Please visit the Services for Schools and Colleges page for more details. 

Events for Younger Children and Families

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.


Engineering Education Scheme

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 life skills are developed within the context of the world of work, www.etrust.org.uk/ees/about-ees.