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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

The summer school will take place on the 24th - 26th July 2024.

See below for some photos taken in 2022 and 2023. Click here to read what previous summer school attendees had to say about their experience.

Students experiencing a physics lecture on neutrinos by Dr Linda Cremonesi

Taster Lectures

Students experienced exciting physics taster lectures. Examples of the topics covered include neutrinos, computational physics, and gravitational waves. Photographed is Dr Linda Cremonesi delivering a talk on neutrinos.

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.

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.

A photo of students and academics networking at the girls into physics summer school 2023.

Poster Session

Students worked in groups to create posters all about their summer school experience. They presented these posters to academic staff from the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

A team of students holding their winning poster at the Girls into Physics summer school 2023.

Poster Prizes

Prizes were awarded for the best poster! 

How to apply

Applications for the 2024 summer school are now closed. If you submitted an application, we will contact you via email by the end of May to let you know the outcome.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr Eliza Hunt, Outreach, Widening Participation and Public Engagement Officer: 
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