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The North West Science Network is a partnership between Corpus Christi and Pembroke Colleges (Oxford) , Cheshire College South and West (Crewe) and Xaverian College (Manchester) in the North West. This outreach activity aims to engage students from the northwest with research-level science and scientists, and is designed to further equip them to make informed choices in relation to higher education, and to support them in their application and entry into university. Events take place across the year both locally and in Oxford.

Research and teaching fellows from the University of Oxford and other research-intensive universities deliver a series of lectures across the scientific disciplines, whilst the Science Network also provides students from the northwest with the opportunity to visit regional laboratories - such as SuperSTEM at Daresbury - attend local 'Maths in Science' Spring Events, and attend a summer school at Corpus. The scheme aims to reach as many students as possible, with lectures particularly large in scale (places on lab visits and residential events are limited). Please scroll down for information on past events. For more information please contact Fiona, Cheshire College South and West. The North West Science Network is part of Oxnet, an access initiative which places universities into the heart of local communities. More details about Oxnet and its projects can be found on its website 


Visit to Daresbury Laboratory Electron Microscopes – Wednesday 25th March 2020. This event is suitable for Year 12 students.
The visit will last from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm (TBC).  The day will consist of:
 (i) A visit to the SuperSTEM electron microscopy laboratory with a live demonstration of imaging single atoms and a presentation of the physics of electron imaging.
(ii) A visit to Hitachi High-Technologies Europe electron microscopy facilities for live demonstration of other types of electron microscopes
At this visit you will learn more about diffraction, wavelength, lenses imaging from physics and bonding and crystal structures from chemistry.
To book your place please email your local NWSN Hub Coordinator:
Maths Easter workshops:
Either 25th April 2020 at Cheshire College South West (Crewe) or 26th April 2020 at Xaverian College (Manchester). Suitable for Year 12 students.
The aim of the workshops are to demonstrate the importance of mathematics as a key tool across the entire spectrum of science.  The day will consist of lectures and hands on mathematical exercises working in small groups looking at applications including clinical trial design and optimising the formation of radiolabelling agents.  These exercises will illustrate the importance of statistical methods and calculus, but in an accessible way.  The day will conclude with a short lecture about using mathematics in scientific research and transitioning to higher education, to which parents, carers and teachers will also be welcome
Academic requirements for attendance on the workshop are: a minimum of a grade B in GCSE (or equivalent) Maths, and the studying of at least two scientific subjects at A Level (or equivalent).
The workshop will be useful for anyone considering studying science in higher education.
To book your place please email your local NWSN Hub Coordinator:
Saturday 25th April at Crewe
Sunday 26th April at Manchester


 For more information, and a student perspective, take a look at a blog post by a recent attendee!


2020's STEMM Summer School will take place from Monday, 22nd June to Friday, 26th June.

Applications are not yet open.

What does the summer school involve?
North West Year 12 students from a range of schools travel down to Oxford on a coach for this free week of STEMM teaching and events. Accommodation, meals and transport are all covered for the week. Students receive a timetable on arrival, which contains a mixture of lectures from Oxford academics, tutorials,a group resarch project, a visit to the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy to see research scientists and the future of energy in action, plus free time in Oxford, workshops in laboratories and departments. Student ambassadors from Corpus studying a range of STEMM subjects are on hand throughout the week to help you with your project and talk to you about university life. 

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Who is it for? 
The week is an ideal opportunity for North West state school Year 12s, who are taking mostly STEMM A Levels, who would like to:
a) explore different areas of science to help them with decisions about what STEMM course to study at university;
b) broaden their understanding of the overlapping nature of different STEMM disciplines;
c) experience a taster of student life, living in the College accommodation and experiencing university teaching 

There is no minimum grade requirement. We require applicants to be Year 12s at state schools in the North West studying mostly STEMM A Levels (or equivalent) and aspiring to study a STEMM degree at university.

Students will be notified of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after the deadline (31st May). Parents/guardians will be sent consent forms and information once selections have been made. Enquiries should be sent to Katherine at 

Last Year: The 2019 Summer School

 The fourth running of the North West Science Network Summer School was a huge success. 25 Year 12 students from across the North West attended the week-long event at Corpus Christi College, and got an all-round taste of life as an undergraduate science student. Each morning the programme kicked-off with a taster lecture from a university academic, before time was given over to either workshop classes or private study.

A particuar highlight of the week was a visit to Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, the UK's national fusion research laboratory. Students had the opportunity to hear about and witness the ground-breaking research taking place to develop fusion as a new source of cleaner energy, as they toured around the site and spoke to current employees and researches.

Afternoons were filled either with further private study or with sessions in university labs. Another highlight of the week for the attendees was the opportunity to discuss their work in two tutorial sessions in the style of the teaching routinely conducted across Oxford, with the support and guidance of undergraduate mentors. Attendees commented that they had particularly enjoyed the challenging nature of this work and would relish the opportunity to do more of it. Besides this, groups of students completed posters projects to a very high level in small groups, before displaying them to College academics and graduate students.

 Besides academic aspects, students spent time with current undergraduates and developed their understanding of university more generally. On the final night, a formal dinner was held to celebrate the achievements of the week; in a feedback excerise, many attendees commented that the event had made them feel at home at Corpus and, by extension, in the kind of academic atmosphere found across Oxford. Attendees were paricularly enthusiastic about the range of new scientific disciplines the week introduced them to, with a number of them indicating that the experience had caused them to re-evaluate their post-18 options. 

What Students Said ...

 "Before this week, I thought the only way to get a research job in physics was to get a "pure" degree. However, this week taught me that science is an interdisciplinary field and you can still learn about physics, alongside many other subjects that I really enjoyed at GCSE and AS, like geography and chemistry, by applying for a lesser-known but just as recognised degree. Now I'm looking into fields like Materials Science, Earth Sciences and Geology, and feel much happier knowing that I don't have to sacrifice some of the science subjects I love in order to specialise into a particular area." Year 12 attendee

  "I found it challenging at times but not so difficult that I couldn’t do it; in the end I understood it all and was proud of the work I produced." Year 12 attendee 





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