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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Girls Into Physics Summer School

A free three-day, non-residential programme available to budding physicists in Year 10.

The summer school programme includes the opportunity to:

  • Experience taking part in university style lectures and practicals in both the lab and our state of the art observatory
  • Speak to current female students about their experience of university so far, their journey to get here and their next steps
  • Participate in workshops run by external speakers on the breadth of careers physics can open the door to
  • Talk to fellow female students about barriers they may have faced as a girl in science and empower each other to overcome these hurdles

Our 2022 summer school took place from the 27th - 29th July, and was attended by 40 female identifying Year 10 students. See below for some highlights of the event.

Students experiencing a physics lecture on neutrinos by Dr Linda Cremonesi

Taster Lectures

Students experienced exciting physics taster lectures about neutrinos and gravitational waves by Dr Linda Cremonesi and Dr Rachel Gray.

Students undertaking an experiment in the physics laboratory during the 2022 Girls into Physics summer school.

Laboratory Sessions

Students had the opportunity to carry out experiments in our Physics undergraduate teaching laboratories.

An image of the telescope in the SPCS observatory.

Astronomical Observatory Tour

Students experienced a guided tour of our astronomical observatory, where they had the opportunity to view the sun through the Solar Telescope.

A group of students presenting a poster on gender stereotyping at the 2022 Girls into Physics summer school.

Shattering Stereotypes

Students took part in 'Shattering Stereotypes' workshops throughout the course of the summer school. Shattering Stereotypes is a programme designed by SEPnet to tackle and raise awareness of gender stereotyping in schools. The students created posters to help educate people about gender stereotyping and then presented these to an audience of fellow students and academic staff.

How to apply

The Girls into Physics Summer School 2022 has now finished. Please check back here at a later date to find out about how to apply for the summer school in 2023.
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