EPS Outreach and Schools Activities

Girls in STEM  2014 Experiment

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 get in touch with the College Outreach and Schools Liaison Officer, to discuss your requirements.


College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Events

Teachers STEM Outreach Fair

Thursday 15 November 2018 (16:30 - 19:00)

This evening event is designed to give teachers and advisors a chance to find out about the different Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related opportunities the university offers for school students, and how they can get involved.

Registration is required and can be found on our event page, along with more information.

We will have a number of different stands from staff and students from across the university all of whom run STEM-related outreach events, offering opportunities for schools students and teachers to get involved in. By talking to these individuals and finding out what they offer, we hope you will be able to discover some different ways that you and your students could work with us.

Girls in STEM Day (year 9)

Wednesday 12 September 2018

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.

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 Orla Murphy (Jaguar Land Rover), 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". 

Girls in STEM Jon Wood demonstration

Discovery Day (year 10)

Wednesday 20 June 2018

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.

Civil Engineering Building Bridges Activity


The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences is working hard to actively encourage more girls to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at university. Did you know that at GCSE girls achieve higher or equal grades to boys in STEM subjects, yet in 2014 only 21% of girls chose to do Physics A Level? The further along their education girls get, more and more drop out of STEM subjects until only 5.7% of professional engineers are female. We aim to give girls opportunities and experiences which show them how inspiring and rewarding STEM careers can be.

Please bring a roughly 50/50 gender split to our Discovery Day this year if your school is mixed sex. Please encourage girls who show an aptitude for STEM subjects to come along and decide if STEM is for them, whilst they can still change their mind over their A Level choices. This policy was first applied at University College London as part of their Demand 50:50 campaign and they have seen a significant rise in applications from girls. We hope it will have the same impact at Birmingham.

If you want to know more about the gender disparity in STEM you can read the Women in Science and Engineering Campaign Women in Science and Engineering Campaign report, where the statistics above came from.

Engineering Taster Day (year 12)

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Our Engineering Taster Day is for Year 12 pupils who are thinking about applying to university to study an engineering degree. The day will be held at the University of Birmingham's Edgbaston campus beginning at 9.45am (registration from 9.15am), and will finish around 3:30pm. The day will consist of an introductory talk, a tour of campus, interactive workshops, and a chance to ask questions. The majority of students who attend our engineering taster days say they feel more informed about their university choices after attending.

We ask that only pupils who are taking Mathematics A-level and thinking seriously about studying Engineering at university attend.

For further information please contact the Outreach and Schools Liaison Officer for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. 

Headstart (year 12)

16-19 July 2018

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. Students get to attend lectures, take part in hands-on lab projects and go on an industrial visit. 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


Forge Your Future (year 10)

Wednesday 28 March 2018

Forge Your Future, for Year 10 girls, which will challenge their perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers and inspire them to continue to study STEM subjects at A Level and beyond. The event will be held on our campus and include interactive workshops, the chance to meet alumni working in STEM careers, campus tours and the exciting People Like Me sessions designed by the Women in Science and Engineering campaign. This event has been kindly sponsored by the Ironmongers' Company.

For further information about this event please contact the Outreach and Schools Liaison Officer.


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, including subject masterclasses, and provide resources for teachers, careers advisers and parents supporting students in making decisions about their future and preparing for University. Please visit the preparing for university page for more details. 

Other Campus Events

The University of Birmingham campus hosts a wide range of public events and activities throughout the year, many related to STEM subjects. Please visit the events page to see the latest offerings. 

Community Day Train 2014

Engineering Education Scheme (year 12)

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.

Think: Public Engagement with Research

For upcoming events, ideas and opportunities, visit the Think: Public Engagement with Research website.