The 2021 Women in Science Festival has now ended: held digitally for the first time, the Festival brought together academic taster lectures, admissions information, and student life insights to Year 11 and Year 12 female students interested in studying science at university.

What is the Women in Science Festival?

The Women in Science Festival (WiSF) is an annual event run by Robinson College designed to inspire and encourage female students to pursue scientific study at university, and to apply to Cambridge and to Robinson should they so wish. The WiSF usually takes the form of a two-day residential programme, including academic sessions, discussions with admissions staff and students, and a science fair.

Given the continuing COVID restrictions, the 2021 Festival will be hosted online across 4 evenings (Monday 19 - Thursday 21 April). Each day will see the release of new sessions and resources, including taster lectures across a range of scientific fields, admissions information, and science student life panels. This year will also include the opportunity for students to develop their scientific communication skills by taking part in a science poster competition, with shortlisted entrants able to present their posters to their peers to be in with a chance of winning.


Who is it for?

The WiSF is open to all female students currently in Year 11 and Year 12 (or equivalent). We welcome registrants from all schools, including outside of the UK, though some live sessions may need to be watched as recordings to accommodate timezone differences. All content will be recorded and kept online for a duration of time following the Festival, so that students can return to the resources provided.

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

  • 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.


How do I apply?

The 2021 WiSF has now ended. This page will be updated with details of next year's Festival in early 2022.

If you have any questions about the Festival or how to apply, please email .