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Experience Engineering

What is Experience Engineering?

 14th - 16th April 2019

Experience Engineering is a residential course for Year 12 students interested in studying engineering at university. The residential will introduce students to the areas of Ship Science and Mechanical Engineering.

Design Triathlon Residential 2017 (now Experience Engineering Residential) - Ship Science Session
Ship Science projects

Course Overview

Over three days, students will design, build and test a Green power car and a fast craft for water as part of a team with other Year 12 students. These projects allow the participants a chance to undertake research whilst developing essential key skills. Staff and students from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences will provide talks, workshops and seminars within their subject areas. 

Participants live in university halls of residence for the duration of the course, and are mentored by current undergraduate and postgraduate students, giving a unique opportunity to find out what life is like at university. Sessions will provide insight into the wealth of careers and opportunities that an engineering degree can provide. This will include an alumni session to learn and network with those already in exciting and specialised fields.

Students will also have the opportunity to socialise with other Year 12 students and current university students. Social opportunities will include a series of evening activities and meals.  

The course is a great opportunity to get a taste for engineering ahead of university applications.

This course is free for Year 12 students who meet the below eligibility requirements.

Mechanical Engineering Activity at Design Triathlon 2017 (now Experience Engineering Residential)
Mechanical activity - team project testing

What does the course include?

Students who participated on the residential said:

" Overall, a very enjoyable experience and I would recommend to other students considering Engineering."

"Exciting residential with fun and engaging activities."

"This course has provided me with the tools to progress in my application to Uni."


This is a free course for Year 12 students.

To be eligible participants must be under the age of 18 at the time of the summer school, and meet the following academic criteria:

and meet at least two of the following Widening Participation criteria:

The Course is open to students (home UK only) currently studying in Year 12 or S5 in Scotland (or equivalent) at maintained schools or colleges in the UK.

Application Process

- If you meet the eligibility criteria above:

You can register your interest using the link below.

Applications will open on Monday 3rd December 2019. A completed application form will need to be submitted online by Monday 25th February 2019.

Applicants will be notified about whether their application has been successful or not by the end of March 2019.

Any queries, please email Claire on

Apply now for 2019

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Contact us

For further information on Experience Engineering, please contact the residential co-ordinator:

Telephone: 02380 594803


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