School work experience

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Work experience programme 2017/18 - Application deadline 15 December 2017

Please find below information regarding the work experience placements we are able to offer for 2018. To apply, please download the application form and submit this to:

The Deans Office,
Faculty of Science and Engineering,
Smeaton Building,
Plymouth University,
Drake Circus,
PL4 8AA.

Email: deanofscieng@plymouth.ac.uk

Top tip for applications: Please be clear about why you are interested in your chosen subject area. Listing multiple subject areas does not increase your chances of being offered a placement.

If you are in years 12-13 and you would like to be considered for work experience outside of the advertised dates. Please submit an application.

Analytical chemistry

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoGEES Andrew Fisher Analytical chemistry 12-13 25 - 29 June Open
SoGEES Andrew Fisher Analytical chemistry 12-13 9 - 13 July Open
SoGEES Andrew Fisher Analytical chemistry 12-13 16 - 20 July Open
During this placement you will gain experience in working in an ISO 9001 accredited laboratory. You will be shown how to calibrate analytical balances and automatic pipettes. You will then use these tools to prepare calibration standards for use with state of the art instrumentation such as ICP-OES and ICP-MS to determine the concentration of trace metallic analytes in various sample types. You will also gain experience in sample preparation, quality control, method validation and data handling.

Chemistry

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoGEES Ian Doidge Chemistry 10-13 25 - 29 June Open
SoGEES Ian Doidge Chemistry 10-13 2 - 6 July Open
This placement is based within our chemistry department. 

The types of activity you will be involved with are:

  • general assistance within the chemistry laboratories
  • use of instrumentation (i.e. FTIR – Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy)
  • general office and administrative duties.

Electronics and robotics

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoCEM Peter Mills Electronics / robotics 12-13 2 - 16 July Open
For this placement you will be working alongside the technical staff for computing and robotics. The types of activity you could be involved in are:

  • network laboratory tasks
  • Proteus CAD: Design Astable oscillator (ESEO Version)
  • assisting in the project lab stores
  • building and testing Astable oscillator 
  • tool box maintenance; manufacturing and testing a small batch of BNC test leads.

Engineering

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoMSE Steve Edmonds Engineering 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoMSE Steve Edmonds Engineering 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoMSE Steve Edmonds Engineering 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoMSE Steve Edmonds Engineering 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoMSE Steve Edmonds Engineering 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoMSE Steve Edmonds Engineering 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
During this placement you will have the opportunity to rotate around a number of areas of civil and mechanical engineering including: Computer Aided Design (CAD), innovative design, mechanical and construction materials, electron microscopy, destructive and non-destructive testing, composites laboratory, engineering workshop, coast test basins and flumes. Within these facilities students will experience: designing work pieces with CAD software; manufacturing models with laser cutters and 3D printers; manufacturing composites test pieces; preparation of material samples for testing; manufacture and assembly of models for testing; setting up and testing of models including instrumentation and data recording. 

Geography

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoGEES Anita Young / Katie Head Geography 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoGEES Anita Young / Katie Head Geography 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
This placement will involve some laboratory work, possible fieldwork and computer work. 

During this placement you will get the opportunity to rotate around different areas of geography including: 

  • palaeoecology (the ecology of fossil animals and plants)
  • geotechnics
  • mapping
  • GIS (Geographical Information Systems).

Geology

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoGEES Ian King Geology 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoGEES Ian King Geology 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoGEES Ian King Geology 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
For this placement you will be joining the technical team within geology. The types of activities you will be involved with are: rock preparation - cutting, splitting, polishing; reorganising of sample storage; cataloguing materials; preparing material for teaching or outreach events; possibly might include a day or some time out testing geophysical field kit or collecting samples; sorting and analysing microfossils; using analytical equipment to determine geochemical/geological history.

Marine biology

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoMSE Roger Haslam Marine biology 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoMSE Roger Haslam Marine biology 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoMSE Roger Haslam Marine biology 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoMSE Roger Haslam Marine biology 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoMSE Roger Haslam Marine biology 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoMSE Roger Haslam Marine biology 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
You will be joining the technical team in the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre. They specialise in marine biology, aquatic and terrestrial ecology. During this placement you will receive a wide range of laboratory and field experience in addition to assisting with current research projects.

Plant science

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoBMS Demelza Carne Plant science 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
SoBMS Demelza Carne Plant science 10-13 25 June - 16 July Open
For this placement you will be working in the Plymouth University glass house at Skardon Garden. You will be helping with general horticulture activities such as watering, weeding and pot sorting/washing. There will also be the opportunity to gain experience in plant propagation techniques, planting, aftercare and identification - including native wildflowers, trees and mosses.

Mathematics

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoCEM Jenny Sharp Mathematics 10 2 - 6  July Open
This placement is based within the maths department. Work experience activities could include:

  • creating resources for masterclasses and workshops
  • evaluating workshop materials
  • talks by members of the maths department
  • admin tasks.

If you are interested in applying for this placement please contact Jenny Sharp directly.

Nutrition

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoBHS Liz Preston Nutrition 10-13 2 - 6 July Open
SoBHS Liz Preston Nutrition 10-13 2 - 6 July Open
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.