Dr Geoff V. Merrett
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ECS Summer School 2015 a Success!

31st July 2015

The ECS Summer School 2015 Participants
The ECS Summer School 2015 Participants
Over 70 prospective undergraduate students from across the UK and beyond enjoyed taking part in our annual Electronics and Computer Science summer school this year.

The week-long residential course included lab work, lectures, and visits to specialist facilities, such as the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory, the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre and Professor Mark Nixon's Biometric Gait Chamber. The summer school also gave participants the opportunity to experience university living, through staying in halls of residence and attending social events such as a quiz and a barbeque - as well as eating takeaways!

The summer school was a decided success, with 100% of participants agreeing or strongly agreeing that they really enjoyed taking part in the course, and now feel more informed about degrees and careers in electronics and computer science. Following the course, 44 students are intending to apply for degrees in electronics or computer science, with 80% of participants intending to apply to the University of Southampton as one of their choices. We were delighted that over a quarter of participants were girls, a figure greatly above the national average for female students enrolled on electronics and computer science degrees.

Johanna from Dorset, a participant, commented: "I think I can echo what everyone else is saying. Thank you so much to everyone that helped organise this and gave me the most amazing University experience; I am definitely doing a Bachelors in Computer Science!"

Next year's electronics and computer science summer school at the University of Southampton will take place from 25-29 July 2016. Students about to start Year 12 can register their interest now at www.summerschool.ecs.soton.ac.uk.

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