Amazing Opportunity for year 12

See below – more details available from Mr T

STEMFirst are working with the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (MAP) (see ), and we are seeking 16 students studying STEM subjects at A level (or equivalent) to become its STEM Scholars. Scholars will be joining one of the largest multi-disciplinary maritime archaeology projects ever attempted. They will explore research questions about sea-level change, marine palaeo-climates and marine archaeology in the Bulgarian Black Sea and carry out their own projects.

This exciting programme aims to give research and expedition opportunities to students who would not usually get access to such experiences.

The project is to allow students from disadvantaged backgrounds / first generation considering HE / low income families , to take part in a life changing opportunity to work with the University of Southampton and go to the Black Sea on a research trip in September 2017.

Students will need to register their interest  and then complete an application form (including a short written assignment) with a parent consent form and a teacher reference. The application form, further details and eligibility criteria can be found on the Black Sea MAP website:

Deadline for applications is 9am Wednesday 22 February 2017. Teachers are welcome to nominate students through the on-line registration form.

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,