"I think that if everyone were to participate in a Headstart course, the world would be full of engineers. You just can't help getting excited about technology when you're getting hands-on experience."

Oana, Headstart attendee & winner of UKESF Award for Female Undergraduates


From 2011-2019, the UKESF sponsored an annual Electronics-focused Summer School, as part of the Engineering Development Trust’s (EDT) range of Headstart courses.

The Summer School was a 5-day residential course held at one of our partner universities each summer, aimed at 16–17 year olds studying STEM subjects, with the intention of going to university.

The course included lectures and practical sessions with academics from leading universities, hands-on design challenges, speakers from major companies in the Electronics sector and networking with industry professionals, as well as the chance to socialise with other people on the course.

Students got a first taste of university life during the Summer School, and had the opportunity to find out about degree study and careers in Electronics ahead of making their UCAS applications.

“The Headstart course gave me valuable experience of studying Electronics and allowed me to make a much more informed decision when choosing my degree. As well as being informative and rewarding it was a lot of fun to meet like-minded people and was a great thing to talk about when applying for university.” Past attendee Catherine, who went on to study for a degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Nottingham.


Read up on previous Summer Schools here:

Summer School 2019

Summer School 2018

Summer School 2017 and attendee Oana’s case study

Summer School 2016

Summer Schools 2015

Summer School 2014

Summer School 2013

Summer School 2012

Summer School 2011