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What is the North West Science Network?

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 North West 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).

For more information, please contact Fiona at Cheshire College South and West and follow us on Twitter. 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.

Maths Study Day

Applications are now open to attend our Maths Study Day on either Saturday 24 April (hosted by Cheshire College South and West, Crewe) or Sunday 25 April (hosted by Xaverian College, Manchester). The Study Day is highly recommended for Year 12 students who are considering studying science in higher education.

Please complete the application form by 31 March.

The aim of the workshops is to demonstrate how mathematics is a key tool across the entire spectrum of science. The day will consist of lectures and hands-on mathematical exercises in breakout groups where you will get to look at applications such as cancer research and jet engines. These exercises will illustrate the importance of statistical methods and calculus, but in an accessible way. The day will conclude with a short Q&A about using mathematics in scientific research and transitioning to higher education, to which parents, carers and teachers will also be welcome.

The academic requirements are a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and that you are studying at least two scientific subjects at A-Level (or equivalent).

If you are a teacher or careers advisor looking to promote the Study Day, please feel free to use the poster below:

Maths Study Day poster. For the full alternate text, please see the tweet:

Launch Event

Psychology Fellow Professor Robin Murphy delivered a keynote talk and a live Q&A as part of the 2020-2021 Programme Launch Event that took place in October 2020. Professor Murphy's talk is entitled 'Neuroscience: Understanding how brains understand'. There is also a subtitled version.

Twilight Talks

Dr Chris Waith delivered our February Twilight Talk on careers in dentistry. We're also very pleased to make the recording of the live Q&A available (starts at 0:06:00).

The January Twilight Talk is from Dr Pete Millington looks at 'Space, time and quantumness'. The talk includes subtitles. We're delighted that we are also able to share the recording of the live Q&A.

The December Twilight Talk is from Dr Tim Ward and is called 'From laboratory to clinic: an unexpected journey'. 

The November Twilight Talk is from Dr Sarah Gretton and covers 'Astrobiology and natural sciences: finding life on other planets and studying natural sciences'.

Dr Gretton's 2018 Twilight Talk on 'The changing face of scientific research and the need for "truly rounded scientists"' is also available.

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. Please check back on this web page in spring for more details. We don’t yet know whether it can go ahead in person in Oxford but, if it can’t, we plan to run a condensed programme online like we did in 2020. The Twitter page will also have updates.


For a student perspective on the programme, take a look at this blog post by a recent attendee.

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