Science Oxford Needs Businesses Like You!

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Science Oxford is the public-facing part of The Oxford Trust – an independent charitable trust that was founded in 1985 by entrepreneurs Sir Martin and Audrey, Lady Wood.

The Trust’s mission is to encourage and facilitate the study, application and communication of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Science Oxford is developing a suite of activities which aims to encourage young people to engage with businesses in order to learn more about careers in science and technology at a local level. We will be continuing with our existing programmes in Oxfordshire but we are also looking to expand our work experience and careers projects to Buckinghamshire.


STEM Placements are hosted by STEM businesses and academic institutions and take place during the school summer holidays. Research placements are aimed at students in year 12 thinking about studying a STEM subject at university, they last between 3 and 4 weeks and students are entered for a British Science Association Gold CREST Award. Apprentice Placements are aimed at young people in year 11 or 12 who would like to know more about STEM apprenticeships. They last between 2 and 4 weeks and students experience different departments in an organisation and get the chance to meet and work with current apprentices.

This year’s placement providers included: BMW Mini Plant, Earth Trust, Laing O’Rourke, Lucy Electric, MRC Harwell, Olamalu, Oxford University, Skanska, SS Tube Technology and Unipart.

We are currently offering up to 40 research and apprentice placements for summer 2017. These are open to students in Buckinghamshire but they will have to travel to Oxfordshire for the placements.  If your company would like to host a work experience student for up to 4 weeks in the summer, let us know and we can support you through the process.


Every year for the past five years we have been organising an award programme for young scientists in Oxfordshire. We ask all schools to nominate their three best science students in year 13, one in Physics, one in Biology and one in Chemistry, to be acknowledged for their outstanding efforts in science during the past year. This could be extended to technology/computing as well. The criteria used to select students is left up to each school; it could be based on exam results, progress made during the student’s course or recognition of their enthusiasm and commitment towards the subject. It is a fantastic feel-good event and a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge our young local talent.

We host an award ceremony where we have a canapé reception, a keynote presentation given by a leading scientist and short contributions from a number of inspirational young researchers and apprentices. Each student is presented with a certificate and their teachers and parents are invited as well. This event is currently restricted to schools in Oxfordshire but we would love to be able to organise a similar event in Buckinghamshire. To do this we would need sponsorship in the region of £2,500 to cover venue hire and refreshment costs. The Oxfordshire event is sponsored by the Nuffield Department of Medicine and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Sponsors give between £500 and £2000, they get their logo on the certificates and they provide the presenters for the event. The press are also invited so this provides excellent publicity for the sponsors.


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