We’re committed to encouraging school pupils to consider a career in engineering and offer a wide range of activities that allow them to experience what it’s like to study at Strathclyde and to open their eyes to the multitude of career paths on offer.

The activities aim to widen access to many activities while diversifying our staff and student body.

We offer a number of outreach programmes, suitable for school pupils of different age groups.

Here are some of our most popular projects. These are just some of the outreach activities that we're involved in. Each department takes part in its own outreach activities, both on and off campus. To learn more about other activities and opportunities, please get in touch with the department you are interested in.

The Scottish Space School

Eight of the best students attending our space school are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Our well-established Scottish Space School programme offers school pupils the opportunity to learn from some of the world's leading figures in space travel, including NASA astronauts.

Pupils attend a week-long, residential summer school with us where they participate in a series of lectures and activities offered by academic and research staff from the University as well as NASA representatives.

There is also an element of group work involved which gives attendees the chance to interact with like-minded pupils from schools across Scotland, as well as student mentors from the University who themselves attended the Space School as a pupil.

At the end of the summer school week, eight lucky pupils are selected to visit the Johnson Space Centre in Houston for a once-in-a-lifetime trip!

The Scottish Space School

Young WEIR-WISE: Discovering Engineering with S2 Girls

Young WEIR-WISE: Discovering Engineering with S2 Girls is designed to inspire young female students to discover the excitement and personal satisfaction behind a career in engineering through participation in hands-on activities. The programme is fully funded by the Weir Group.

Applications for the 2024 programme are now closed.


Engineering the Future for Girls

Engineering the Future for Girls at the University of Strathclyde is designed to engage girls in a wide range of engineering challenges that will inspire them to become the next generation of engineers.

The summer school is fully funded by BAM Ritchies, Weir plc and West Fraser and all student costs, including travel, will be covered. Strathclyde will accept applications from girls in S3 with any range of subject choices at National 5.

Engineering the Future for Girls


Accelerate is a one-week programme run by the University of Strathclyde for pupils who have just gone into S5 or S6 and are thinking about going to university. 

The Accelerate programme aims to provide a targeted focus on the pupil's chosen area of academic interest, giving them a head start on the road to their chosen career. There are three engineering subject areas that pupils can choose from: Chemical Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Product Design. 


Accelerate students working on an engineering project

Strathclyde Engineering Scholars

The Strathclyde Engineering Scholars programme aims to positively impact the diversity of young people studying engineering at university, to help ensure that the engineering profession is representative of the diversity that exists in society.

The Strathclyde Engineering Scholars programme supports young people from underrepresented groups to:

  • access a university engineering education
  • succeed at university
  • develop the confidence, skills and knowledge for a successful career as a professional engineer. 

Strathclyde Engineering Scholars is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering Diversity Impact Programme.

Strathclyde Engineering Scholars