Work Experience

Due to the proactive measures being taken by the University for COVID-19, we will not be running an on-campus Work Experience Week.

Unfortunately, our data retention settings on the application form has been set to be too rigorous and we are working with our IT services to restore the deleted forms.  If you have already applied, you will be notified if we are able to offer any alternative arrangements as soon as we restore the forms.

There are one-week work experience placements for Year 12 students studying both Physics and Maths at A-level between Monday 13 to Friday 17 July 2020.

The objective of the project is to present a research poster at a conference-style event at the end of the Work Experience Week.  Working with a partner, you will create a conference poster around one of the School’s five areas of research.

You will be guided by a post-graduate student who will help you to create a poster that you will present at the end of the week in a seminar-style showcase event, to an audience of academic staff and current under- and postgraduate students.

Please contact Ms Erin McNeill, Physics Outreach Officer, at for more information.

Applications are now closed. The deadline to apply was Sunday 29 March 2020.

What are the requirements for the Work Experience Week?

The Work Experience Week is only open to students currently in Year 12 and studying both Physics and Maths at A-level.

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

Where does the Work Experience Week take place?

Activities will be held in the School of Physics and Astronomy on the University of Leeds campus.  Participants will be required to provide their own travel arrangements to and from the University each day.  This is not a residential program and no accommodation will be provided.

I live too far away to travel to the University everyday, is there accommodation?

This is not a residential programme. Accommodation will not be provided for participants who out of the commuting distance to the University of Leeds. You need to be able to travel to and from the University each day.  The University will not be responsible for participants after they have been dismissed each day at 4:00pm when the day’s activities are complete.

What are the planned activities?

You will get a chance take part in lectures and perform hands-on lab experiments that relate to each of our five research areas. There will be skill-testing workshops that will develop your problem-solving abilities and talks to help you make the most of Year 13.

What are the timings of the Work Experience Week?

The Work Experience Week starts at 10:00 am and finished at 4:00 pm each day from Monday 13 to Friday 17 July 2020.  You must be able to attend for the full time and for all five days.

Are there travel bursaries available?

Travel bursaries are available to students who meet Access to Leeds criteria.