Women in STEM Residential

Residential Dates: Monday 17th to Thursday 20th August 2020

Applications for this event are now open. Please note that this form allows you to sign up for events run by several different colleges at Cambridge. You can tick all that interest you – you need only complete this form once, and it will be your application for all the events that you have ticked ‘yes’ to. Please read the first page of the form carefully, and make sure to check the eligibility requirements of each event that you are interested in.

You can complete the application form here. The deadline to apply for this event is the 27th March 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

Questions not answered on this page? Email the Schools Liaison Officers Ellie and Lizzie: schools.liaison@trin.cam.ac.uk

What’s involved?

This residential is open to women and non-binary students who are interested in studying the following at university:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics

During this residential you will attend lectures and classes taught by Cambridge academics, getting a taste of the wide variety of subjects on offer within these courses, as well as opportunities to explore the city and to take part in a range of social activities. You will also get the chance to meet current fellows and undergraduates, and gain a fantastic insight into what it’s like to live and study at Trinity. There will also be sessions on choosing a course, applications and student life.

In previous years, academic sessions have included:

  • My Life at the Large Hadron Collider
  • Visit to the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • So Your Treatment Doesn’t Work: How to Lie with Statistics
  • Visits to University departments including the Cavendish Labs, Engineering Department, and Materials Sciences
  • Symmetry in Chemistry – Predicting Molecules

The residential is in its fifth year, and many of the students who attend go on to study at top universities, including Cambridge. The residential is free, including all accommodation and food costs, and there are funds available to cover travel expenses to and from Cambridge for those who need it.

You may also be interested in:

  • Women in Maths Residential in March 2020, held in collaboration with Christ’s College. This is open to female and non-binary students interested in studying Maths and related courses at a top university. For more information and to apply, please click here.


Eligibility and Selection

You must be:

  • Female or non-binary
  • Attending a UK school
  • In Year 12 (England and Wales; S5 Scotland, Year 13 Northern Ireland) and aged 16 or over by the 17th August 2019
  • Taking A-Level (or equivalent) Mathematics, plus two others from: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Further Mathematics

There is a maximum of 50 spaces for this residential. We anticipate being over-subscribed, and so will unfortunately be unable to offer a space to every applicant.


How will we select between applicants?

Applicants will be assessed based on (in no particular order or weighting):

  • Academic record (which will be assessed in the context of your school)
  • Commitment to exploring their subject at a higher level
  • Teacher reference

Beyond this, we also particularly encourage and will look to prioritise applicants who fulfil the above and the following, as part of our commitment to widening participation:

  • Will be the first in your family to go to university (i.e. your parents/carers did not attend university; excludes siblings)
  • Attend a school which sends few students to Cambridge or Oxford
  • Have spent any time in care
  • Are or have been eligible for free school meals, or the 16-19 bursary
  • Are from an underrepresented region of the UK, particularly the North East, North West, or South West of England, or anywhere in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Are a refugee
  • Has significant caring responsibilities (e.g. for a parent/carer or siblings that affects you ability/time to study)
  • Live in an area identified as having lower socio-economic advantage or low progression rates to higher education
  • Are from an underrepresented ethnic group

If selected to attend, you will be sent a confirmation form and a code of conduct, which must be signed by a parent or guardian, and returned by post or scanned via email to Trinity College. This is to confirm that you have permission to attend the residential.



“I feel much more confident about applying to Cambridge. The residential gave me a helpful insight into student life and the student ambassadors were particularly affable. It’s quite reassuring to know that there are people very similar to you who are already studying at Cambridge and it really gave me a confidence boost.” – Nandini, London, Women in STEM 2019

“My favourite sessions were the lectures at the Cavendish Laboratory as they were really interesting and easy to follow and understand, also the current research and advancements were fascinating to find out and learn about.” – Shriya, Nottingham, Women in STEM 2019

“It was such a valuable experience and I really enjoyed it. The talks were inspiring and some were very interesting. Also I find it really helpful to have the chance talking to the current undergrads (which all of them are nice and friendly) and had the chance to look at the admission assessments. The general advices and the panels are helpful as well!” – Kelly, Bournemouth, Women in STEM 2019

“I think for me the best part of the residential was getting to know other people who were applying because it reassured me that if I went to Cambridge I would fit in. The lectures were also so interesting and really made me realise that I would love to study at University.” – Sarah, Plymouth, Women in STEM 2019

“I found the supervision very good. I loved the environment and that it was within a small group. It was fun being in a different situation and having to think on my feet, but challenging for me to give opinions without worrying about being wrong.” – Joanne, Uxbridge, Women in STEM 2019