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Department of Engineering


Our fundamental purpose is to develop, to stimulate and to cultivate interest in Engineering. To help schools encourage their pupils in the study of Engineering we offer a range of outreach activities for groups of students or individuals. We have helped to shape the past and continue to shape the future.

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.

Science Festival

Each year Durham's Department of Engineering 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 practically based Engineering activities, from designing and building miniature wind turbines, to designing aluminium structures that could be used in helicopter rescue operations. At the annual Science Festival we 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.


In July the Department of Engineering runs an Inspire outreach course for 15/16 year-old girls who have an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths and who want to learn new skills and get ahead in the sixth form. The course delivers a combination of technical projects alongside soft skills sessions that aim to prepare and inspire the girls for a career in science, technology, engineering or maths. All students will get to stay in one of the university's colleges and experience many aspects of student life. To apply for a Inspire place at Durham, visit the EDT site.

Summer Schools

We offer a number of different residential summer schools for sixth form pupils who want a taste of our subjects. Supported progression offers local students from a wide variety of backgrounds a taster day at Easter and a five day residential summer school. And Headstart runs each July in the Department is a course for seventeen year old students. This year 60 students took part on the Engineering courses. The aim of the course is to provide the students with a taste of what it is like to study at university.