Exciting plans lie ahead as Gonville & Caius, in collaboration with our neighbours Trinity Hall, host the first Women in STEM Outreach Residential.
Running from 6-8 August, the event will see Year 11 students from across the two Colleges’ link areas spend time experiencing life in Cambridge, attending academic sessions, visiting departments and getting to utilise their own creativity and knowledge with a project run by Designing Our Tomorrow, an initiative within the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering and the Faculty of Education.
The motivation behind the residential was the lack of women applying to and studying certain STEM subjects at undergraduate level, which naturally then develops into an underrepresentation of women working within certain industries. This issue inspired the Colleges’ Schools Liaison Officers to run an event aimed at helping tackle the problem. Consequently, the residential will focus specifically on subjects in which women are most underrepresented, such as Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry and Computer Science.
Aside from providing the students with academic sessions and challenges, the last day of their stay will involve a road trip to Cambridge Science Park, a hub of scientific and technological industry in the city. A highlight of the Science Park visit will be a Careers Panel, hosted at the Bradfield Centre; the panellists are women who all currently work within one of our targeted STEM fields at varying stages of their careers, meaning they’re the perfect people to inspire the group of students and introduce them to careers which they may never have heard of before.
Both Gonville & Caius and Trinity Hall are looking forward to a few busy but fun-filled days.
We are incredibly grateful to the Bradfield Centre for their support, as well as the University of Cambridge postgraduates, undergraduates and academics who are supporting the residential with their time and resources.