School work experience

2020 Work experience programme - Faculty of Science and Engineering - CANCELLED

Update: COVID-19

Thank you for your interest in work experience at the University of Plymouth. Unfortunately we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 work experience programme in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The Health and Safety of our visitors, staff and students remains our main priority at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

For other opportunities to visit the University of Plymouth, please consider attending:

University Open Days
Student Shadowing Scheme


Biological sciences

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoBMS Matthew Hoddinott Biological sciences 10-13 29 June - 10 July Closed
For this placement, you will be working with the biological sciences technical team at the University of Plymouth. You will be helping with a range of activities in biochemistry, microbiology, ecology and plant sciences. Activities may include analysing solutions, media preparation, horticultural work and the collection of invertebrate specimens. There will be elements of laboratory, office and fieldwork associated with this role.

Chemistry, earth science, environmental science, geography, maps and visualisation

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoGEES Anita Young         10-13 29 June - 10 July Closed
This placement will cover chemistry, earth science, environmental science, geography, maps and visualisation. 

During this placement, you will gain experience working in a range of laboratories used by our technical staff. There will be the opportunity to understand how to take samples from the field and prepare them ready for analysis by state of the art instrumentation. It is expected that you will spend a day in each area but this can be modified for years 12-13 if interested in a particular area.


Electronics and robotics

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SECaM Peter Mills Electronics / robotics 10-13 29 June - 10 July Closed

For this placement working alongside the electronics, robotics and computing, technical staff you will be involved in many and varied activities to give you an idea of what typically a student, supported by the technical staff, is expected to engage in whilst studying at the University of Plymouth.

  • Design an electronic circuit using CAD tools, from concept, simulation, building and testing using electronic equipment such as an oscilloscope, function generator and power supply to determine the device has been correctly assembled.
  • Reprogram Microcontrollers as used in the Internet of Things (IOT) Coding in C/C++ and interfacing to electronics.
  • Overview of the project store including how the purchasing function operates.
  • Design and 3D Print using our in house facility.
  • Overview of the IT infrastructure including servers, switches, routers and firewalls.
  • Various general housekeeping tasks.

Engineering

School  Provider  Subject area   Year Availability  Status
SECaM Peter Mills Engineering 10-13 29 June - 10 July Closed
During this placement you will be working alongside the technical staff, where you will have the opportunity to rotate around the areas of civil and mechanical engineering. You will be involved in many and varied activities to give you an idea of what typically a student, supported by the technical staff, are expected to engage in whilst studying at the University of Plymouth. Within these facilities you will experience:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD), to produce innovative design
  • mechanical and construction materials - manufacturing models with laser cutters and 3D printers
  • destructive and non-destructive testing
  • composites laboratory - manufacturing composites test pieces
  • engineering manufacturing workshop
  • coast test basins and flumes - setting up and testing of models including instrumentation and data recording
  • preparation of material samples for testing; manufacture and assembly of models for testing
  • tour of the Marine Navigation Simulator.

Marine sciences

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoBMS Matthew Hoddinott / Adam James Marine sciences 10-13 29 June - 10 July Closed
You will be joining the technical teams at the Marine Station and Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre. During this placement, you will receive a wide range of laboratory, field and boat work in addition to assisting with current research projects. You will be based on the University of Plymouth Campus and the University Marine Station, Coxside.

Nutrition

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoBS Victoria Cammack Nutrition 10-13 29 June -10 July Closed
For this placement you will be based in the food and nutrition unit. You will be required to perform basic laboratory maintenance and assist technical staff. There will be the opportunity to perform simple chemistry tasks, observe and assist more complicated procedures. 

Applicants may be asked to attend a short interview/telephone interview.    

The below subjects do not require the Faculty of Science and Engineering application form – apply to the contact directly

Mathematics

If you are interested in work experience within our mathematics department, please contact Jenny Sharp directly. Work experience activities could include:

  • creating resources for masterclasses and workshops
  • evaluating workshop materials
  • talks by members of the mathematics department
  • administration duties.

Biomedical sciences

Visiting students will be able to take part in both practical hands on workshops as well as tours, group work and presentations. In previous years students have been offered the below activities:

  • application and interview guidance
  • group work projects and presentations
  • lab tours
  • measuring energy expenditure using open circuit spirometry workshop
  • Clinical Physiology: cold face immersion and ECG workshop
  • peak flow, heart rate variability, and finger blood flow plethysmography application workshop
  • lab work on microscopy of blood films
  • nutrition lab workshop.

Further information on work experience in biomedical science can be found on the Peninsula Pathways work experience page.

If you have any queries please contact meddent-outreach@plymouth.ac.uk.

Medicine and dentistry

Visiting students will be able to take part in both practical hands on workshops as well as talks, mock interviews and group discussions. Below are examples of activities that have been offered in previous years:

Medicine Dentistry
Overview of Clinical Skills Resource Centre (CSRC) Clinical sessions involving the creation of alginate impressions, fillings and rubber dams
Introduction to problem based learning (PBL) Introduction to Simulated Dental Learning Environment (SDLE)
Anatomy sessions using the 3D virtual dissection anatomage table Enquiry based learning (EBL) workshops
UCAT and MMI interview workshops Application and interview presentations
Demonstration of the A-E assessments Mock interviews
 For more information about work experience in medicine and dentistry please visit the Peninsula Pathways work experience page.

If you have any queries please contact meddent-outreach@plymouth.ac.uk.

Work experience places in medicine are now full for 2020.