Sheffield University Physics: Experience Research!


Sheffield University Physics: Experience Research!

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Sheffield University Physics: Experience Research!

Are you a year 10/12 student looking for a work experience placement? Do you want to spend a week in a world leading physics and astronomy department, finding out where the subject can take you? If so, then SUPERmay be just what you’re after!

SUPER is a work experience programme for year 10/12 students. We will give you a week of organised activities that give you a taste of what life as a researcher is really like!

During the week, you will have the chance to:

  • Learn all about our research
  • Go onguided tours of our laboratories
  • Gain experience of everyday research tasks
  • Chat informally to current undergraduate students, research students, staff & technicians
  • Have a crash-course in coding
  • Explore 3d-printing & design
  • Learn about research careers all around the globe
  • Carry out group-work on a mini research project of your own!
  • Present your research at the end-of-week conference!

Lunches will be provided, and the University will contribute towards the costs of public transport (up to £15 per student). Undergraduate STEM ambassadors, research students and staff members will be on hand throughout.


SUPER will take place in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sheffield in two week-long blocks: 29th June – 3rd Julyand 6th July – 10th July, with activities running from 10am – 4pm . The programme for both sessions will be identical, with up to 50 places available in each session. (Depending on demand, it may be possible to offer a two-week placement to a limited number of students.)

Want to give SUPER a try?
Places on SUPER are open toany student who has/expects an A* – B grade in GCSE science/physics.

As this programme has been funded by the University’s Widening Participation scheme, priority will be given to students who: [i] arepart of an under-represented demographic in physics (female students and/or ethnic minorities), or [ii] meet at least one of the other criteria below:

  • You are from an area of low progression to university (your teacher can help you with this).
  • You are eligible for free school meals/the pupil premium.
  • You would be the first generation of your immediate family to attend university (your brothers or sisters may have attended but neither of your parents).
  • You are a Looked After child.
  • You have a declared disability.

How to apply:

Please fill in and return the attached application form. You will need your teacher to complete the student reference section.The deadline for applications is Friday 20th March, but as places are limited, please apply as soon as possible!

Completed forms should be emailed to or posted to:

SUPER (c/o Dr Inskip)
The Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hicks Building
Hounsfield Road
Sheffield S3 7RH

Contacts/Further Information:

The SUPER website can be found at:

If you have any questions about SUPER, please contact Dr Katherine Inskip via e-mail at by telephone on 0114 22 24540.