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Durham University

Computer Science


Our fundamental purpose is to develop and cultivate interest in Computer Science. To help schools encourage their pupils in the study of Computer Science we offer a range of outreach activities for groups of students or individuals.

School Visits

We enjoy hosting visits from schools throughout the UK and regularly visit schools within the region. Some of our undergraduates also carry out school placements as part of their study.

As a department we support the Durham University Schools' Science Festival and the Celebrate Science event - see the science outreach pages for more details.

If you would like to arrange a visit please get in touch via email.

Summer Schools

We offer residential summer schools for sixth form pupils who want to get a flavour of our subjects:

  • Supported progression offers local students from a wide variety of backgrounds a taster day during the Easter break plus a five day residential summer school.

Science Festival

Each year Durham's Department of Computer Science encourages pupils from local schools to come along and take part in our Science Festival.

We have previously supported over 350 pupils from 20 local schools to get involved in practical based engineering activities, such as designing and building a miniature wind turbine and designing aluminium structures that could be used in helicopter rescue operations. At the Science Festival we aim to give pupils the chance to develop their design and practical skills in a very dynamic setting.

Find out more about this years event and when next year will take place.