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Top performing teenagers explore the world of Physics

Posted on 13 June 2013

Teenagers from across Yorkshire and the Humber are discovering what it is like to study Physics at a top university at a World of Physics event at the University of York.

Students taking part in a World of Physics event

Run by the Institute of Physics Yorkshire Branch and organised by the Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humber, the annual World of Physics event encourages top performing students to consider studying Physics through exciting hands-on activities and lectures.

Around 90 pupils are attending events today and tomorrow, which are aimed at 14 and 15-year-olds and designed to widen participation in higher education.

Working with staff and students from York’s Department of Physics, the teenagers will explore topics including aliens, cryogenics, magnetic recording and materials.

Amy Clow, University of York Widening Participation Officer and Excellence Hub Coordinator, said: “The event is particularly targeted at high achieving students who may not typically apply to a top university; for example, those with no family history of higher education.

Year 9 and 10 pupils are receiving a fantastic insight into a wide range of exciting areas of Physics

Amy Clow, Widening Participation Officer

“By giving them an opportunity to work alongside leading academics and current undergraduates, the Year 9 and 10 pupils are receiving a fantastic insight into a wide range of exciting areas of Physics.”

The day involves opportunities for the teenagers to ask questions about university life, making applications to study higher education and about Physics in general.

Notes to editors:

  • More information on the Department of Physics at the University of York at www.york.ac.uk/physics
  • The Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humber is a regional collaboration between the Universities of York, Hull, Leeds and Sheffield. The purpose of the programme is to develop exciting and purposeful opportunities for high achieving young people to help enrich their experiences in school/college.

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