Work Experience students & school visits to the Department

Sometimes, specific projects arise for interested Year 12/11/10 students.  If we have any projects we will post them out on this page and advertise them around the schools email contact list - teachers can join this list here.

Places on campus related to these projects will most likely require a teacher reference and will be allocated by interview.

Work Experience Opportunities for Summer 2015.

STEM Summer Placement Scheme: Research on cosmic rays using the HiSPARC detector  

Brief description of the project: HiSPARC is a project in which secondary schools and academic institutions join forces and form a network to measure cosmic rays with extremely high energy.

HiSPARC offers students the opportunity to participate in real research, with the purpose of finding out more about these mysterious and rare cosmic particles.

The grid of HiSPARC detectors, of which Birmingham University is a member, allows for measurement of cosmic rays characteristics, like energy and time of arrival. The project offers the opportunity of a detailed study of energy and provenance of cosmic rays and their correlation with the Sun and seasons.

This is a research-based work experience opportunity for a 16-17 year old student who will analyse data from HiSPARC detectors in Europe.

Starting day: Monday 20 July 2015, duration:  2 weeks.

Requirements: a minimum of grade A at GCSE level Physics (or Science) and Maths.

We are looking for an individual who can take responsibility of their own learning and show dedication, commitment and enthusiasm for true physics research. The candidate will be invited to present their research at the HiSPARC student conference in July 2016. Please send a CV (including GCSE grades and previous experience: other projects, studentships, etc.) together with a reference letter from your current physics teacher to: Dr Maria Pavlidou, Teacher Fellow, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT. Dead line for receiving applications: Wednesday 25 March 2015. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview at the beginning of May 2015.

Some Projects completed by students;

Some pictures of recent students working in the Department can be viewed here.

Some poster produced by work experience students August 2014;

In recent years, demand has been very high and we prioritise placements to those students who show a real enthusiasm for the subject and are seriously interested in progressing eventually to study Physics in Higher Education. We cannot guarantee that all applicants will be successful in obtaining a placement.

For enquiries please email;

Mrs Linda Rogers, School of Physics & Astronomy, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 2TT

or by e-mail to - 

School visits to the department.

We are happy to welcome students and teachers into the department at convenient times. We have:

  • Hosted LEA Heads of Science meetings
  • Arranged laboratory activities for Y12/13 and Y9/10/11 groups
  • Arranged tours of research areas and experiment demonstrations for students and teachers
  • Arranged talks on various topics
  • Arranged activities related to physics curriculum for Key Stage 2 primary children and their teachers.

For a list of typical events, read;

Calendar of events September 2013 - July 2014 (PDF)

If you are interested in arranging visits for your school, please contact the Schools Liaison Officer to discuss possibilities.

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