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The North West Science Network is a partnership between Corpus Christi and Pembroke Colleges (Oxford) and South Cheshire (Crewe) and Xaverian (Manchester) Colleges 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 a local Maths Easter School, 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 Nora, Xaverian College and/or Fiona, South Cheshire College. 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, including the North West Science Network, can be found on its website www.ox-net.org 


Summer School 2017: June 18th to June 22nd


 The third running of the North West Science Network Summer School was a huge success. 13 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.


 "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 


 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. 


 "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


 


       


   If you are from the North West and will be in Year 12 the summer of 2018 - watch this space! Applications will open in 2018.


 


 

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