Work Experience

The Physics Department at Lancaster University recognises that work experience is an important element of a young person’s education and personal development. While we are not able to offer individual work experience placements, instead, the department offers a non-residential week of work experience to Year 12 Physics students who intend to take Physics at university.

This year we are offering Monday 20th – Friday 24th February 2017.

The aims of the week are:                    

To gain an understanding of research in the context of all the Physics research taking place at Lancaster

To achieve a BA Gold Crest Award

To improve physics understanding.

To improve experimental skills and personal skills such as working as a team and communication skills.

To improve ability to write a first class person statement for UCAS.

To have an enjoyable week.

      

Each of the five days will include an undergraduate lecture by Dr Chris Arridge, Royal Society Research Fellow and Lecturer of Space and Planetary Physics. You will then be given a research topic on this theme and have the opportunity to work with a researcher from this group.

Participants will be offered time to shadow the researcher to gain an understanding of work experience in a Physics Department. As part of the research project you will be expected to complete 30 hour preparation research prior to the residential to enable you to achieve a BA Gold Crest Award. At the end of the week participants will be asked to document what they have learned over the research period and give a presentation. 

Participating students are responsible for their own travel to and from the Lancaster University campus.

 

How to apply

Applications are now open. Can applicants fill in the Work Experience Proforma and email back to m.mitchison@lancaster.ac.uk

 

Closing date Monday 9th Jan 2017

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Work Experience

The Physics Department at Lancaster University recognises that work experience is an important element of a young person’s education and personal development. While we are not able to offer individual work experience placements, instead, the department offers a residential week of work experience to Year 12 Physics students who intend to take Physics at university.

The aims of the week are:

  • To gain an understanding of a research project in the context of all the Physics research taking place at Lancaster.
  • To achieve a BA Gold Crest Award
  • To improve physics understanding.
  • To improve experimental skills and personal skills such as working as a team and communication skills.
  • To improve ability to write a first class person statement for UCAS.
  • To have an enjoyable week.

Each of the five days will start with an introductory lecture on a research topic. Students have the opportunity to work with a researcher in a group, to do their own research on a chosen topic in a laboratory or on-line. Participants will be offered time to shadow the researcher to gain an understanding of work experience in a Physics Department. As part of the research project you will be expected to complete 30hour preparation research prior to the residential to enable you to achieve a BA Gold Crest Award. At the end of the week participants will be asked to document what they have learned over the research period and give a presentation. 

 

Students on their Physics Department work experience residential in 2015.

Our experience from last year suggested that students on campus during the week gained a lot more of a physics experience than those who were day time participants. We strongly recommend that students will stay on-site during the week. We will have bursaries available for transport and accommodation. Participating students are responsible for their own travel to and from the Lancaster University campus.

How to apply

Applications will open in the Spring of 2017. The application also requires a 300-word personal statement that should contain:

  • Why you want to do this work experience.
  • Why you are interested in Physics as a career.
  • Your intended career plan.
  • Your interests in physics.