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Local students invited to get a headstart

Press release issued: 19 November 2002

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Local students invited to get a headstart

Bristol University is to host its first Headstart Summer School for engineering and technology. The week-long event next July will give budding engineers the chance to sample undergraduate life in the Faculty of Engineering's six departments.

The academic programme, which will be complemented by social events, will include:

* Aerospace Engineering - rocket or land-yacht design competition;
* Computer Science - wearable computers;
* Electronic and Electrical Engineering - radio building project;
* Engineering Mathematics - chaos theory;
* Mechanical Engineering - hands-on design challenge.

During the week there will be an opportunity for students to get advice on engineering as a degree or career option. Students will live in a hall of residence during their stay.

Dr Mike Barton, Senior Lecturer in Microelectronics, who is heading the organising team, said: 'This is an important opportunity to promote Engineering to sixth-formers who might not normally consider it as a career. We also hope they will see Bristol as a good place to be a student.'

There are a limited number of places available and local students in the lower six are encouraged to apply. To register for a place, go to

Headstart is a well-established summer school programme whose aim is to encourage students of the highest ability to consider careers in technology-based industries.

The Headstart Summer School will be run by the University's Widening Participation Office (WP) and brings the total number of summer schools the WP Office runs up to five.

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Copyright: 2002 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Tuesday, 19-Nov-2002 11:02:42 GMT

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