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 SUPER may 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 on guided 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: 4th July - 8th July and 11th July – 15th 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 to any 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] are part 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
  • You are a Young Carer

How to apply

Please print off and fill in the Student Application Form and the School Supporting Statement. The deadline for applications is Friday 18th March, but as places are limited, please apply as soon as possible! Completed forms should be returned to:

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

Contacts/Further Information

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

If you are a year 12 student interested in a longer work experience placement, please consider applying for a Nuffield summer Research Placement.