Exclusive Scholarship for Summer School Attendees!

Exclusive £1000 University Scholarships for Taster Course Attendees!

The Department of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton is delighted to announce the Zepler Scholarship Scheme. This provides £1000 for all students in the first year of their degree† who meet all of the following conditions:

  • attended our Electronics and Computer Science Taster Course, and register for the scholarship before August 31 2017 www.taster.ecs.soton.ac.uk
  • selected an ECS degree at Southampton as their firm acceptance through UCAS, and enrol on this programme in 2017
  • meet (or exceed) their offer, and obtain at least A*AA at A-Level (to include/exclude any subjects specified in the offer wording)
  • are UK/EU students

See the official leaflet here!

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ECS Taster Course Applications Now Open!

Applications to the Electronics and Computer Science Taster Course are now open. To find out more, please view our leaflet. To apply please click here.


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ECS Summer school Success!!!!

One hundred and thirty 16 and 17 year olds from across the UK and beyond took part in summer schools at the department of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton.

Beginning on Monday 27 July, ECS offered eighty A Level students a taste of university life through lectures, lab work and group challenges at its annual ECS Summer School. The week-long residential course welcomed students from Dublin, Romania and Greece as well as the local area.

The Summer School included lectures by leading Southampton academics covering varied aspects of ECS, from electronic and electrical engineering to computer science and software engineering. Participants had the opportunity to tour the University of Southampton’s specialist facilities, such as the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory and the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre. Throughout the week students worked together on a team challenge, before giving presentations to parents at a prize-giving ceremony on the final day.

Sponsored by JP Morgan and Imagination Technologies, the Summer School’s strong links with industry helped participants to better understand career options. The course included a day trip to sponsors so students can see how specialised electronics and computer science skills are applied and valued in business and industry.

Dr Geoff Merrett, Senior Admissions Tutor for ECS, says: “We hope that by offering this Summer School we were able to engage the students in the subjects, inspire them to apply for a university place and open their eyes to the exciting breadth of careers a degree from ECS can lead to.”

One participant, Johanna from Dorset thanked the Summer School team, saying: “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!”

During the week the University of Southampton also welcomed a Computing and Microelectronics course from the Smallpeice Trust, sponsored by ARM. The course was open to 50 students from across the UK who had recently completed GCSEs or their first year of A-Levels.

ECS hosted the course and led the course content alongside Student Robotics, an independent organisation which runs robotics competitions for students. As part of the course, participants built and programmed (using Python) autonomous robots for an end-of-course competition. Students also attended lectures and toured the ECS facilities.

Attending the Computing and Microelectronics course was Professor William Webb who interacted with the students and delivered a speech at the last-night formal dinner. An alumnus of the university and Visiting Professor at ECS, William Webb is the President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Next year’s ECS residential course will run from 25 to 29 July 2016. To find out more, or for any enquiries, visit www.summerschool.ecs.soton.ac.uk.

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Summer school 2016!

With the final preparations underway for the 2015 summer school, we are excited to say that next years dates have been announced: as 25-29 July 2016! 

Please register your interest and get notification about the next summer school by using this form: Click here. 

Or email r.pau@soton.ac.uk

Watch this space!



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Applications for the 2017 course are now closed

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Exclusive Taster Course Scholarship

Exclusive Taster Course Scholarship