Cambridge Colleges Physics Experience

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31st Oct 2016, 6th Feb, 20th March and 23rd March 2017


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. Due to timetabling across the year, Girton are only able to collaborate this year with the events for Year 10, 11 and 12s. For students in Years 7-9 opportunities might be available at other colleges.


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:


 09:45: Arrive in Cambridge

10.00: “Introduction to Higher Education and the University of Cambridge”

Led by Schools Liaison Officers

11.00: Tour of Girton  with current undergraduates

11.45: Q&A Session with current undergraduates

12.15: Packed lunches

12.45: Coach to Cavendish Laboratory

 13:00:  Meet & welcome at the Cavendish Laboratory

 13.15:  Interactive Lecture

 13.50:  Practical Session

Session includes a refreshment break

 15.00:  Workshop Session

 15.45:  Depart the Cavendish Laboratory


This year, Girton have been allocated four dates to host events. Due to limited availability, each school will only be able to attend on one occasion.





Year 11

31st October 2016

All students should be expected to achieve highly in Physics/Combined Science and Maths GCSEs, and be interested in continuing these to A Level.

Year 12

6th February 2016


All students should be taking both  Physics and Maths at A Level, and be interested in studying Physics/Natural Sciences at university level.

Year 10/11

(schools to choose)

20th March 2016


23rd March 2016

All students should be expected to achieve highly in Physics/Combined Science and Maths GCSEs, and be interested in continuing these to A Level.

Places on this event are free, but limited. Schools are invited to bring a group of up to 10 students, with at least one accompanying staff member. Should you need to cancel your booking, please do so as soon as possible – bookings cancelled within two weeks of the event will be subject to a cancellation fee of £5 per student.


Booking for these events is now open, and places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list of schools will also be held in our system and places will be re-distributed as they become available. To book, email Claire Nellany on JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING with student numbers and any special requirements.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Claire Nellany at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING