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Our applications for the 2022 work experience week are now closed.

Virtual Work Experience:
25 - 29 July 2022

Your chance to explore fascinating Physics topics, meet world-leading experts and get a taste of what life as a researcher is like. This is an online programme and is open to anyone in the UK, with an additional in-person day of activities offered to all sucessful applicants at the University of York. 

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 25 July - Friday 29 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.

In additional to the online programme, all sucessful applicants will be offered the opportunity to attend an in-person day at the University of York in the week following the work experience programme (1 - 5 August 2022).  This will include the opportunity to tour the campus, visit research labs, and try experimental work. 

How to apply: 


If you have any questions, please contact the Physics Outreach team on or phone 01904 32 2209.  

Useful Dates

  • Applications must be submitted by the end of Sunday 20 March.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted by Wednesday 30 March.
  • Places to be accepted and pre-course paperwork completed by 6 April.
  • Work experience programme runs from Monday 25 July to Friday 29 July.
  • Feedback forms to be completed by Sunday 7 August.
  • Course certficates will be sent electronically by Friday 12 August.

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Which year groups is the work experience open to?

The work experience programme is only open to students in year 12 during academic year 2021/22.  

In-person work experience is available for year 10/11 students for those living within travelling distance of the University of York.  Further details are available here

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. 

In addition, sucessful applicants will be offered the opportunity to attend a day of activities on the University of York campus. Travel and accommodation bursaries will be available to those meeting our criteria. 


I'd rather do work experience in-person rather than online. Is this possible?

Whilst the work experience week is taking place entirely online, all students participating will be offered the opportunity to attend a one-day in person event the following week (1 - 5 August). This will include the opportunity to try lab work and tour University facilities.  

When will the work experience take place?

The week will take place from Monday 25 July 2021, finishing on Friday 29 July 2022. Please note that you must be available to attend every day of this programme. The optional in-person activity will take place the following week, 1 - 5 August.  

What is the time commitment of the work experience programme?

There are approximately 12 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 25 July 11:00-11:30 Welcome and introduction
11:30-12:30 Research skills session
14:00-15:15 Meet the researcher 
Tuesday 26 July 11:00-12:00  How to create a poster
14:00-15:15 Meet the researcher 
Wednesday 27 July 11:00-12:30 Physics problem solving
14:00-15:00  Help forum (on poster creation) 
Thursday 28 July 11:00-12:00  Ask an undergraduate
14:00-15:00  Help forum (on poster creation) 
Friday 29 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 access to a computer to create a poster. You may be able to access a computer through your school or local library if you do not have one at home. 

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.