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Women in Science Festival

Applications for the 2024 Women in Science Festival are now closed.

The 2024 Women in Science Festival will run from Monday 8th April until Tuesday 9th April 2024. 


What is the Women in Science Festival?

The Women in Science Festival (WiSF) is an annual event run by Robinson College, Cambridge, designed to inspire and encourage young women and non-binary students to pursue scientific study at university.

The 2024 Festival will be held at Robinson College, one of the Colleges that form the University of Cambridge, as a residential event from the afternoon of Monday 8th April to the afternoon of Tuesday 9th April. The event will involve talks and sessions delivered by members of our science community here at Robinson, alongside admissions information and exploration of the College, the city centre, and the city's science museums. Attendees are also invited to take part in a Science Fair, which gives them the opportunity to produce and present their own academic poster. 


Who is it for?

The WiSF is open to all female and non-binary students currently in Year 11 and Year 12 (England & Wales), S4 or S5 (Scotland), or Year 12 and Year 13 (Northern Ireland). 

If the programme is oversubscribed, we will prioritise applicants who:

  • Attend UK state-maintained schools.
  • Have an academic profile (e.g. subjects studied, predicted grades) suitable for progression to Cambridge or other high-tariff universities.
  • Have at any time been under the care of a Local Authority.
  • Are currently eligible for Free School Meals, or who have been eligible for Free School Meals in the last 6 years.
  • Are currently attending a school with low progression rates to higher-tariff universities.
  • Are the first in their immediate family to attend university.
  • Have home postcodes in areas with low local participation in Higher Education (POLAR4 quintiles 1 and 2).
  • Have home postcodes in areas of high socio-economic deprivation (IMD quintiles 1 and 2). 
  • Are from an ethnic background currently under-represented at the University of Cambridge (Black African, Black Caribbean, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Arab, Roma, or Traveller).
  • Live or attend a school in our link areas of Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire or the London Borough of Wandsworth.