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 may be allocated by interview.

Work Experience Opportunities for Summer 2015.

  • Maintenance of Particle Detectors.

For Year 10 to Year 12 students interested in particle physics, for one week to help with the annual maintenance of particle detectors used in the department.  This includes spark chambers (scintillators and photo-mulitplier tubes) and cosmic ray telescopes.

Dates - Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July 2015 (non-negotiable)

An application form can be found here Work Experience Application Form.  Once completed please send your application to Linda Rogers, Poynting Building, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT or via email to

Please obtain a short reference from your teacher to accompany your application.

Successful applicants will be expected to attend every day, 9.00am to 5.00pm for the whole five days.

The closing date for this project is FRIDAY 17TH APRIL 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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