All Scholars are expected to help the UKESF in its mission to encourage more young people to study Electronics. Participating in outreach activities is a fantastic way of developing your own communication skills, building your CV, and contributing to the greater good. What’s more, it can be really enjoyable!
You are free to choose which outreach activities you get involved with. There are likely to be opportunities for outreach through the UKESF, your university, your sponsoring company, as well as those you can organise yourself. Please see the Terms and Conditions of your Scholarship for more details about your outreach commitment.
The UKESF will provide you with support and guidance on completing your outreach commitment. At a minimum, this could include:
- Delivering a talk to promote careers in Electronics
- Supporting at least one Electronics STEM outreach activity
- Adding to the UKESF’s intellectual capital and content
If you have any questions about getting started, get in touch with us at [email protected].
"Part of the reason why I am studying engineering is because a female engineer gave an assembly at my school when I was younger and hence, I would like to get involved in inspiring other girls to become engineers as well."UKESF Scholar, 2021
There are so many different ways you can get involved. Some suggestions include:
- Find out about your Sponsor Company’s initiatives and get involved
- Visit your old school to promote careers in Electronics, or give a virtual presentation
- Ask your University if you can help with their open days and outreach activities
- Offer to be a mentor on University taster courses
- Donate projects completed at University to your old school, or a school suggested by your university – demonstrating what can be done with tangible objects brings it to life
- Assist at UKESF organised events
- Write a blog post or make a video to inspire young people with Electronics
- Find out how to become a STEM Ambassador and what is involved
- Join societies, where you will find opportunities in your local areas
- Engage with younger siblings, after school clubs or cub scout groups, or even private tutoring: show them what’s cool about engineering!
- Girls – reach out to girls considering careers in Electronics – you are a fantastic role model!
- Act as a mentor for a school team in the Student Robotics competition: Student Robotics
- Act as mentor for In2Science
- Act as a mentor for Brightside Social Mobility Charity
- Create an Engineer profile (e.g. for your University website)
- Become an ambassador for your University
- Assist applicants to prepare for University admissions interviews (online)
If you have any ideas about projects or creating resources for outreach, we’d like to hear about them and discuss with you how we might be able to help. Also, if you do create any material it would be great if you would share them with us so we can use them in our publicity.
One option to introduce or conclude your talk could be to show the following video, produced by the UKESF as part of our #TurnOnToElectronics campaign:
Three scholars from the University of Edinburgh who went above and beyond the outreach obligations of their scholarships by developing and running their own hands-on electronics workshop wrote a guest blog post about their experiences.