Women in STEM Residential 20th – 23rd August 2018

Applications to this event are now open! Apply here before the deadline of midnight on Tuesday 22nd May.

This residential is open to women and non-binary students who are interested in studying Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Computer Science at a top university.  The programme will run from Monday 20th – Thursday 23rd August 2018, during which time you’ll attend lectures and classes, taught by Cambridge academics, in a wide variety of different subjects, as well as visiting various university departments, and gaining an insight into Cambridge’s unique teaching style.

Sample academic sessions:
-Physics: My Life at the Large Hadron Collider
-Visit to the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory
-Earth Sciences: Understanding Volcanoes – Microscopic to Macroscopic
-Chemistry: Symmetry in Chemistry – Predicting Molecules
-Chemical Engineering: What About Suncream?

You’ll get the chance to meet current fellows and undergraduates, and gain a fantastic insight into what it’s like to study at Trinity. Our Women in STEM residential began in 2016, and was extremely popular.  Attendees will also have the chance to explore the city of Cambridge, and take part in a range of social activities. The residential is free of charge, including accommodation and food costs and there are funds available to cover travel expenses to and from Cambridge.

Eligibility and Selection

All of our residentials are open to students at UK schools who will be aged 16 or over by the first day of the residential. There are 45 places available on this residential, and we anticipate being over-subscribed, so unfortunately we cannot offer a place to every applicant.

Applicants will be assessed based on their academic record, their commitment to exploring their subject at a higher level, and their teacher’s reference. Trinity’s residentials form a significant part of the college’s widening participation programme. Therefore we are particularly keen to identify students with little or no family tradition of higher education, those whose schools don’t send many applicants to Cambridge, and students who’ve spent any time in care.

If selected to attend, applicants will be sent a confirmation form and a code of conduct, which they must print and have signed by a parent/guardian before returning it by post to Trinity College. This is to confirm that they have permission to attend the Residential in Cambridge.

For the Women in STEM Residential, students must be taking A level Mathematics (or equivalent), and two further subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Further Mathematics. If you have any questions about specific A level requirements, please contact Caitlin at schools.liaison@trin.cam.ac.uk


“I really enjoyed the chance to meet other like-minded people, and talk to some truly inspirational women! The only improvement I could suggest would be to extend the length of the residential, as I thoroughly enjoyed it!” (Abigail, Women in STEM Residential 2016).

“I loved going to the observatory – the lecturer was really interesting, and it was really cool to see all of the telescopes because it was something completely new. I also liked visiting the materials lab, and seeing all the high tech equipment, because it felt like we were looking beyond what is normally allowed. I loved how passionate all the lecturers were, and I found them all to be really inspiring, and enthusiastic about women in science. All of the student volunteers were lovely and welcoming, and it gave me a real insight into what university life will be like.” (Olivia, Women in STEM Residential 2016).

“Thank you so much for letting me attend this residential, it was an amazing experience and I was able to see how Trinity was a friendly and inspiring place to be taught in. I felt at home at Trinity and I wanted the residential to be longer so that I could see more of the university. It was a great experience meeting like-minded women from all over the country, and the event made me more confident in my ability.” (Ashleigh, Women in STEM Residential 2016).

“As someone who had already decided on a Mathematics degree I obviously enjoyed the Mathematics tutorial style session. We approached a topic I hadn’t really covered before which I now love and have done a load of extra reading for- so thanks!
The other sessions and talks were interesting even though they didn’t apply directly to me. I’ve told my sixth form college to encourage more girls studying STEM subjects to apply for opportunities like this, because I’ve benefitted so much from this residential.” (Philippa, Women in STEM Residential 2016).

Some of the students who attended the 2016 Residential took part in an experiment with Professor Valerie Gibson, to recreate Isaac Newton’s work on calculating the speed of sound – this video explains how it works!