Schools Outreach Events

Outreach School Visit The Department of Materials Science has a very active access and outreach team led by Jayne Shaw.

Each year there are numerous events and activities for a range of students including Taster days, Masterclasses and Workshops, School Visits, Residential Course and Our Making Materials Matter Teachers Conference.

 

Upcoming Events

Y12 Physics and Materials - 5th December 2017

Materials Workshop Practical The Physics and Materials Science Departments collaborate on day workshops aimed at Y12 students. This is a fun-filled yet instructive Activity Day hosted by the Departments of Physics and Materials at Oxford University. Participants will be given the opportunity to carry out experiments in both departments and will learn more about these exciting subjects. If you are studying maths and physics at A level (or equivalent) and interested in Materials Science and Physics come along to Oxford University to find out more! Bookings will be limited to 8 students per school. Priority will be given to schools with little or no history of sending students to Oxford.

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pdf Program for Y12 Physics and Materials - 5th December 2017

Admissions Interviews - 11-13 December 2017

Interviews for undergraduate admissions to the Department of Materials are normally held in the third week of December and take place in our associated colleges. Most applicants will have interviews at their first choice college and one other. We hope that applicants will find the information below helpful. Interviews for undergraduate admissions are normally spread over three days, Monday - Wednesday, in the third week of December. Interviewees are warmly invited to visit the Department while they are in Oxford for their interviews. Just come to reception in the Hume-Rothery building and a member of the access and outreach team will show you round or just feed you tea and biscuits.

Oxford Interviews 2017The best thing applicants can do to prepare for admissions interviews is to download and read the booklet, Your guide to Oxford interviews 2017, produced by Oxford University Admissions. Tutors carrying out interviews really want to find out how applicants can cope with questions about stuff they DON'T know. (All the stuff applicants do know is already covered in their personal statement, references and exam grades/predictions.) Important things to get across during an interview are an interest in the subject, academic and mathematical ability and an ability to solve problems. Do not be afraid to ask for help when stuck. See the interview if possible as a mock tutorial where the applicant works with the tutor/interviewer to come to an understanding of a difficult problem. There is lots of advice on the various university websites, and a number of links to a selection of helpful information are given below.

There may be extra information on the college websites as well.

Yr10 Materials & Physics Day – Tuesday 9th January 2018

Materials Science Taster Days An exciting opportunity for students enjoying physical sciences at GCSE and considering further studies in this area to find out about materials and physics at university. This is an enjoyable yet instructive Activity Day hosted by the Departments of Physics and Materials at Oxford University. Participants will be given the opportunity to carry out experiments in both departments and will learn more about these exciting subjects.

Bookings need to be through the school and will be limited to 8 students per school; students must be accompanied by a teacher.

Priority will be given to schools with little or no history of sending students to Oxford.

The PDF Draft Programme gives an outline of the days activities.

If you would like to attend this day please fill in and email the attached PDF registration form.

Materials Science Taster Opendays - 13th, 14th March & 17th April 2018

Transmission Electron Microscope The event is aimed at prospective students in Year 11 and Year 12. Places are limited so booking is essential, and we ask you to limit the number of students from a single school to six on any one day. However, please contact us if you want to bring more students. As the event normally takes place during term-time for schools, we ask that all bookings are sent by the school to ensure their agreement. The format of the day varies depending upon the commitments of staff but a typical programme would have the following elements:

  • A welcome to the department and a brief introduction to Materials Science as a subject.
  • A talk from a senior lecturer about their work, often relating to cutting-edge research.
  • A tour of the department giving an idea of our facilities and showing the variety of on-going research activities.
  • A brief tour of one of the colleges.
  • A workshop looking at a variety of aspects of materials science that relate to the Science Curriculum.
  • A talk given by a guest speaker from industry.
  • Advice on how to apply to study Materials Science.

Priority will be given to students from schools with little or no history of applications to Oxford.

All schools will be notified whether they have a place as soon as possible after the deadline.

The PDF Draft Programme gives an outline of open day activities. The event is aimed at Year 11 and 12 students. Since these events are very popular we ask you to limit the number of students from a single school to six on any one day. If you are wanting to bring more students please contact the Schools Liaison Officer

Please book your place using the word registration form.

Travel Instructions are available to help you plan your visit.

Making Materials Matter Science Teachers Conference - Friday 13th July 2018 (in London)

Prof Louise Archer An exciting conference with opportunities to network with colleagues and learn more about the subject of Materials Science, where it fits into the current curricular and the importance of science enrichment opportunities. The conference funded by The Company of Ironmongers and held at the Ironmongers Hall in London concludes a 6-month KS3 materials science project run collaboratively by Oxford & Cambridge Universities and Imperial College London. All resources developed from the project will be made freely available to teachers, enabling them to link curriculum content to materials science. Conference speakers include Professor Louise Archer, who will be delivering the education plenary on her important research on science capital.

For further information about the project see Making Materials Matter and to register your interest in the 2018 conference please complete the form on the Teacher Events webpage.

 

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