Sheffield University Physics: Experience Research has been cancelled

Due to the ongoing situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we've taken the difficult decision to cancel our work experience programme this year. If you were in the process of applying for the programme, please do not submit your application.

If you have already applied we thank you for your interest in working with us. We appreciate the time and effort that goes into an application and we're very sorry that will will not be able to host you this year.

SUPER will return in 2021.

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 return in 2021.

Want to give SUPER a try?

Places on SUPER are open to any student who has/expects a grade 6-9 (equivalent to A* – B) 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 note we are not currently accepting applications. Copies of the Student Application Form and the School Supporting Statement are available for future reference.

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.