Women in STEM Residential 2019

Residential Dates: 19th – 22nd August 2019

Application Form: CLOSED

Closing date for applications: Applications are now closed (for student applications – teacher references must be received by 7th June 2019). We will be in contact with the outcome of applications around mid-June.

Questions not answered on this page? Email the Schools Liaison Officers Ellie & Terri-Leigh: 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 fourth 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 2019, 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.
  • Our Biology and Medicine Residential in August. This focuses on Biology, Medicine, and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences. Applications are made using the same form as the Women in STEM residential. The closing date for applying for Biology and Medicine is 31st May 2019. For more information, 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 19th 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 generation in your family to go to university (excluding siblings i.e. your parents have not gone to university)
  • 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 pupil premium funding
  • Have a home postcode that falls into the following, as used to contextualise applications (see ‘geodemographic data’ here): Participation Of Local Areas quintiles 1 or 2; Output Area Classification (OAC2011) that indicate less advantaged socio-economic characteristics; or Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) bottom 30% of postcodes.


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 to Trinity College. This is to confirm that you have permission to attend the residential.



“It put me at ease to know that students also had the same worries as me before they went to Cambridge and applying for it, but that everything was fine as soon as they arrived.” – Anonymous, Women in STEM 2018

“The visit sessions were really good as it was nice to see the practical working spaces and the departments.” – Eleanor, Women in STEM 2018

“I didn’t really think that I’d have any chance of getting into Cambridge, I was purely going [on the residential] to meet like-minded people and found out more about different subject areas, but I’ve come out of this residential so empowered and inspired.” – Katie, Women in STEM 2018

“Cambridge seems like a so much friendlier and homely place. I found that the students were all so lovely and genuine, and made us feel really at home.” – Alice, Women in STEM 2018

“I enjoyed the supervision a lot, I think it went really well, we worked together and everyone contributed to complete the questions. It was really good as we got to see the supervisor’s way of thinking and how she would approach the questions.” – Anonymous, Women in STEM 2018