National Schools’ Observatory Work Experience Week


I am writing to let you know about the National Schools’ Observatory Work Experience Week held at the Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) at Liverpool John Moores University.

Each year we welcome 15 A-Level students for a week long work experience programme. This week consists of talks, workshops and an in-depth group research project supervised by professional astronomers here in the department. The week culminates in the students producing a report and presenting their findings to the rest of the group and invited staff from the ARI.

There is no charge for this work experience week; all we ask is that the students can easily commute to the ARI office in Liverpool City Centre (146 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L3 5RF).

The next work experience week will take place between Monday 10th July and Friday 14th July 2017.

You can apply from today and more information can be found here:

You will have until the Tuesday 28th February 2017 to complete the form – any applications received after this date will not be considered. We will let all applicants know whether they have been successful or not by the end of March.  The application will ask for your details and those of your school, but will also contain a question (answer: 250 words): ‘Why do you want to attend this week?’ – which will be the main basis for our decision on who to offer places to. The work experience week will take place at the Astrophysics Research Institute, on Brownlow Hill in Liverpool, and students are asked to ensure they have their own accommodation, and can travel to and from the venue every day during the week.

The placement itself is free, and lunch will be provided on the first day – but we are unable to cover the cost of your travel and/or accommodation. If you have any more questions, then please do let me know,

Many thanks,