Work Experience students & school visits to the Department

The School of Physics & Astronomy hopes to be able to offer a limited number of work experience places for Year 10 to Year 12 students in 2013/14.

We are planning to offer specific projects with possible dates as they are made available.  Please revisit this page regularly to see updates.

Some Projects completed by students;

Proposed projects.

  • For Year 12 students interested in particle physics, for one week to contribute to content and design of a series of school posters 'School Curriculum through Cutting Edge Research'.  The students will research school curriculum topics relevant to poster titles; 'Particle Track Analysis at CERN', 'Cosmic Rays in our Atmosphere' or 'Cloud Chambers; Making the Invisible Visible' and design an informative and striking poster for use in secondary schools. Dates - This Project is now full.
  • For Year 10 to Year 12 students interested in particle physics, for one week to help with annual maintenance of particle detectors used in the department.  This includes spark chambers (scintillators and photo-multiplier tubes) and cosmic ray telescopes. Dates - This Project is now full.
  • For Year 11 to Year 12 student, for two weeks, to produce a display via powerpoint or otherwise, of a charged particle passing through the spark chamber and scintillators, simulating a trail of ionisation which then produces pulses in the pmts and once the HV is applied, sparks in the spark chamber.  This Project is now full.
  • STEM Summer Placement Scheme:Research on cosmic rays using the HiSPARC detector. Click here for more details.  This project is now full.

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.

You can download a work experience request form here.  Please state which project you are interested in and return to:

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 2012 - July 2013 (PDF)

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

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