13 July 2020, 9.00 AM - 16 July 2020, 4.00 PM

Merchant Venturers Building, Woodland Rd, BS8 1UB. The final day will include visits to industrial partners, but will still begin and end at Merchant Venturers Building.

The Changemakers course aims to break down stereotypes and highlight the excellent opportunities available to young women in technology-related careers. Over an exciting four days of skills development, inspiring seminars and industry insight, teams will develop a piece of technology to support a social or ecological campaign.

Participants must be/identify as female. You do not need previous programming experience to take part.  This opportunity is open to students from years 9-12.

The course offers a chance to:-

  • Learn programming and software development skills
  • Be inspired by ‘Herstories’ told by industry professionals and academic staff
  • Take part in a hackathon event to develop a piece of technology to support a social or ecological campaign
  • Develop soft skills; communication, teamwork and ideation development; and be mentored by industry professionals and university students.

We live in uncertain times so it's more important than ever that young women have a voice and are encouraged to develop the skills needed to tackle some of the big issues facing society. 

I'm a teacher. How do I register student interest?

We aim to invite up to six students from each school to participate. If you would like to register a group of students, please complete this form.

Will students have to be accompanied by a teacher?

No. Participants will be working alongside DBS-checked student ambassadors, industry professionals and academic staff. First aiders are available in the building.

Will the students work together as a team?

Yes. Teamwork is one of the most important skills we help develop at Changemakers. Students should be prepared to work with students from other schools. 

What is the dress code?

Students should wear sensible, casual clothing. Please refrain from printed apparel featuring profanities or offensive content.

Will lunch be provided?

Lunch will not be provided. Students are welcome to bring a packed lunch, or make use of the local amenities including Sainsbury's, Queens Rd, and a number of cafes inside University buildings and on Queens Road.

Will there be a health and safety induction?

Students will be welcomed to the University by the Faculty of Engineering’s Health and Safety coordinator, who will give a short briefing.

Do you have public liability insurance?

Yes. For details of the University of Bristol's policy, visit the University Secretary's Office website.

Do you have a risk assessment for the event?

Yes. You can request a copy of the risk assessment by emailing

Will you cover the cost of travel?

We want Changemakers to be accessible to all students. To support this, a small travel bursary for public transport is available for any student who would find this expense a barrier to entry: email for more details.

Will the students be allowed to leave the building during the day?

Students will be allowed to leave during the lunch hour with parental consent but will always otherwise remain supervised.

Each day starts at 9 am and finishes at 4 pm.

For more opportunities for local school and college students, please see the Engineering Outreach web pages. 

Contact information

For further information please email:

Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Rd,
No.25 on the precinct map

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