Postponed - Oxford Physics Y12 Summer School 2020

27 Jul 2020 - 9:00am to 31 Jul 2020 - 5:00pm
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Schools (secondary)

The Oxford Physics Y12 Summer School is planned to run from 27th - 31st July 2020. Anyone in Year 12 or equivalent is welcome to apply. We will be constantly considering the summer school in light of arrangements for the coronavirus pandemic, but are currently planning as though it will go ahead.


This year, we have a range of placements available across the department. Some of these placements cover physics research, while others cover some of the other teams that make the Physics Department work, including outreach, enterprise, grants (finance), communications and Human Resources.

During the week students work on a project and also take part in a central programme of activities such as departmental tours, career talks and sample lectures. Students present their work to their peers, Oxford Physics staff and invited guests at the end of the week in a celebration event.


Please note we do not arrange or cover the cost of transport or accommodation for the Oxford Physics Year 12 Summer School. You will need to make these arrangements yourself and for this reason most students live within commuting distance of Oxford.

Making an application

Applications for the 2020 Summer School are now closed. If you applied, you should have received an email confirmation of your application once you submitted the form. We will notify you if you have been successful by 5th May 2020.

We have had considerable interest in this scheme and students will be selected based on the criteria below.

Selection criteria

Essential criteria (shortlisting):
Evidence is provided that the candidates is:

  • In Year 12 and
  • Age 16 years or above
  • Able to attend the event for the full week
  • Interested in gaining experience of work and university-level study in Physics
  • Able to arrange, and cover the cost of, their own travel during the week*
  • Able to work in the UK (you will be required to show your passport, and visa if relevant, before you start)
  • For research projects: Enthusiastic and passionate about Physics and studying Physics and Maths at A-level

Desirable criteria

Priority will be given to candidates who give evidence of one or more of the following criteria:

  • Candidates look to benefit significantly from the experience i.e. they haven't completed a similar placement at another institution
  • Candidate's skills and enthusiasm align with specific projects
  • Candidates are, or have been, eligible for free school meals, pupil premium, Education Maintenance allowance and/or 16-19 bursary during their secondary education*
  • Candidates would be the first in their family to go to university
  • Candidates are living in Oxfordshire
  • Candidates do not have access to other universities or experiences closer to their home region.

*No accommodation is provided with this placement. A small bursary (up to £40 for the week) is available for children eligible for free school meals or equivalent to cover the cost of transport.

The Programme

During the Summer School week, students work on a project and also take part in a central programme of activities such as departmental tours, career talks and sample lectures. Students present their work to their peers and department staff at the end of the week.

We have projects that cover a range of different interests, in physics research and in some of the central department groups that support the research here. These include:

  • Physics research
  • Central Electronics Group
  • Communications
  • Innovation & Enterprise
  • Outreach & Schools
  • Grants facilitation
  • Human Resources
  • Department Operations
For more information contact: 

Dr Kathryn Boast
Access Officer