Cambridge Colleges Physics Experience

6th February, 19th April and 8th May 2018

The Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics) at the University of Cambridge is opening its doors to students in all year groups to encourage students to take up physics in the next stage of their education and to raise aspirations among talented scientists.

Girton College is again collaborating with the laboratory this year to offer this opportunity to state schools in our link areas of Camden, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, and Wolverhampton.

On the 6th of February Girton will be welcoming Year 12 students

On the 19th of April Girton will be welcoming Year 7 and 8 students

On the 8th of May Girton will be welcoming Year 9 students

Opportunities may be available for other year groups at different colleges. Please find further information here:

During each event students will spend a day exploring what it would be like to study Physics at the University of Cambridge. The morning will be spent at Girton College, and will include a tour of the college, an age-appropriate talk about Higher Education, and opportunities to ask questions. After lunch, students will be taken to the Department of Physics ( where they will experience a university laboratory and have hands-on experience of science outside of the classroom. The session will include an introductory interactive lecture followed by practical experiments and workshop sessions, again to suit each age group.

A sample itinerary is as follows:

09:45Arrive in Cambridge
10:00Introduction to Higher Education and the University of Cambridge
Led by Schools Liaison Officers
11:00Tour of Girton  with current undergraduates
11:45Q&A Session with current undergraduates
12:15Packed lunches
12:45Coach to Cavendish Laboratory
13:00Meet & welcome at the Cavendish Laboratory
13:15Interactive Lecture
13:50Practical Session
Session includes a refreshment break
15:00Workshop Session
15:45Depart the Cavendish Laboratory

Places on this event are free, but limited. Should you need to cancel your booking, please do so as soon as possible – bookings cancelled at short notice will be subject to a cancellation fee of £5 per student.


Booking for these events will be open shortly, and places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book your place here:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Frances Ballaster Harriss at


Schools Liaison Officer
+44 (0)1223 338910