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Virtual Work Experience:
26 - 30 July 2021

Your chance to explore fascinating Physics topics, meet world-leading experts and get a taste of what life as a researcher is like.

The White Rose University Consortium is a strategic partnership between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. We have teamed up to offer a unique, online, physics work experience opportunity. 

This will take place from Monday 26 July - Friday 30 July. During the week you will have the opportunity to work with an academic staff member on their research area to review journal articles and produce a conference-style poster, which you will share in small groups in a conference activity at the end of the week. You will be supported by sessions on research skills and how to produce a conference poster, with live forums to enable you to ask questions on a daily basis. There will also be the opportunity to talk to undergraduate students to find out more about studying physics and university life. There will be between one to three hours of interactive activity each day, and you will be expected to work independently on your project outside these times.

With thanks to our sponsors; the IOP Yorkshire and North East.

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How to apply: 

The deadline for applications for the 2021 work experience programme has now passed.

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Leech (Physics Outreach Coordinator) on or phone 07384 239019.  

Useful Dates

  • Applications must be submitted by the end of Tuesday 4 May.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday 21 May.
  • Pre-course paperwork to be completed electronically by Monday 28 June.
  • Work experience programme runs from Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July.
  • Feedback forms to be completed by Tuesday 3 August.
  • Course certficates sent electronically by Monday 9 August.

Which year groups is the work experience open to?

The work experience programme is only open to students in year 12 during academic year 2020/21.  

We regret that we cannot offer work experience to year 10 or 11 students at this time.  

Where will the work experience take place?

All of the work experience will take place online. You’ll need to do some work on your own at home too, outside of the online taught sessions. 

When will the work experience take place?

The week will take place from Monday 24th July 2021, finishing on Friday 30th July 2021. Please note that you must be available to attend every day of this programme, a schedule is given below.

What is the time commitment of the work experience programme?

There are 10 hours of live content across the week, which you must be available to attend. Note that these sessions will not be recorded to view later. 

These sessions can be accessed through a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

In addition you will be expected to undertake about 12 hours of independent work.

What will I be doing?

  • Interview academic staff and researchers to find out about their cutting edge research 
  • Work on a mini research project to produce a poster
  • Learn skills that will prepare you for university 
  • Talk to undergraduates to learn more about studying at university
  • Present your work at a showcase conference

 Here's the provisional schedule for the week. 

Monday 26 July 11:00-11:30 Welcome and introduction
11:30-12:30 Research skills session
14:00-15:15 Meet the researcher 
Tuesday 27 July 11:00-12:00  How to create a poster
14:00-15:15 Meet the researcher 
Wednesday 28 July 11:00-12:30 Physics problem solving
14:00-15:00  Help forum (on poster creation) 
Thursday 29 July 11:00-12:00  Ask an undergraduate
14:00-15:00  Help forum (on poster creation) 
Friday 30 July 09:00 Poster submission deadline
11:00-12:30  Physics careers
14:00-15:20 Poster showcase 
15:20-15:30  Thank you and finish 

What will I need to be able to take part?

You will need to be able to connect to the internet with video and sound to view our online teaching and Q&A sessions.

You will need materials to create a poster, this can be done on a computer or with pens and paper you may have at home. 

You’ll need to be able to upload a copy of your poster to our online platform to present at the conference (we’ll help you with this). If you make your poster with paper and pens you can upload a photo of it.

You’ll also need a scientific calculator. If you don’t have one, you could use Google’s version here.

If any of these requirements pose a problem, please indicate this on your application form and we will do our best to offer support where possible. 

Can I use this work experience for my UCAS form?

Yes. After completing the week’s activities and presenting your poster at our mini conference, you will receive a certificate of recognition from the White Rose Universities.