Beyond Boundaries

Beyond Boundaries

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division of the University of Oxford is launching a new art competition for Oxfordshire state school students to create art inspired by research from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) scientists. Career profiles and research descriptions from 11 role models will be available online. School students are being asked to select a scientist they are particularly inspired by to create an artistic response to their research (e.g. painting, drawing, sculpture, other artistic media) along with a short statement explaining their piece. There is also an open category to select a BAME scientist of the student’s choice.

Why participate?

  • Prize money. Individual winners (one from each year group), will receive £100 (runners up will receive £50). Winners’ associated school will receive £300 towards funding science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) activities or supplies. Each winning team will receive £200, runners up will receive £100, and associated schools will receive £300.

  • Art showcased in public exhibit. All submissions will be shared online (subject to permissions) and selected submissions will be displayed in a public exhibit in an Oxford museum or public space.

  • Learn about diverse role models. See real life examples of scientists from a diverse range of backgrounds.

  • Be creative. Make art and see how creative science and maths can be – these subjects are great for creative and curious people.


  • The competition will officially launch at the start of the new school year in September 2018, and the role model profiles will be available then.

  • Deadline for submissions will be 31 October 2018.

More details to follow. Any questions in the meantime? Contact or Daisy Hung at 01865 282464.

University project partners include: Gardens, Libraries & Museums (GLAM), Oxford Sparks, Oxford Education Deanery, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Undergraduate Admissions Office     


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