School work experience

2020 Work experience programme - Faculty of Science and Engineering

Thank you for your interest in work experience at the University of Plymouth. You will find information about all the placements we offer below. Available placements are marked as ‘open’ for applications. Please check this webpage regularly for updates as the status of placements may change.

Application deadline: 12 noon, 17 January 2020

Application process: important information

The Faculty of Science and Engineering allocate work experience placements using an application process. This is to ensure equal opportunities for students and a fair selection process. Please be aware that we are unable to offer placements to all students that apply due to the volume of applications that we receive. It is therefore a competitive process and placements are awarded to students based on the content of their application form. We do not offer placements on a first submitted, first selected basis. All applications are read and reviewed at the same time, see below for the application timeline.

Application timeline (2019 - 2020) 

End of November 2019: Application window opens. Students are able to view all placements available for summer 2020. Students are able to download, fill out and submit their application form.

17 January 2020: Application window closes. All applications received within the application window are shared with faculty staff for review and selection.

Early January 2020: Faculty staff read and review all application forms. Successful students selected.

End of January 2020: All decision emails sent to students.

February 2020: Application window re-opens for placements that have not been filled.

March 2020: Application window closes. Final placements allocated.

If you have any questions about work experience or the application process please email: FOSE.WorkExperience@plymouth.ac.uk

Examples of the placements we offer can be found below. Please be aware that the number and type of placements are subject to change each year based on staff and facility availability.

Biological sciences

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoBMS Matthew Hoddinott Biological sciences 10-13 29 June - 10 July Open
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 Open
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 Open

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 Open
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 Open
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 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.    

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

Medicine and dentistry