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Work Experience

Join us to gain experience of a diverse and dynamic work environment

Applications are now open for 2024 work placements.

The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences is excited to open applications for three one-week work experience placements in either of two job families within the School:

Technical Services – Work Experience placement

  • 8 July – 12 July 2024 or
  • 22 July – 26 July 2024

In this placement you will support the technical team and gain experience in the diverse research areas within the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. Explore and experience the day to day techniques completed by a scientific technician including autoclaving, safety and laboratory management. 

Other techniques may include: molecular biology plating and GFP transformations, stick insect maintenance, fieldwork including sample collections, sweep netting with insect identification and colorimetric measurements. At the end of the week you will undertake some scientific analysis and you will be asked to give a small presentation to your peers and work experience coordinators to showcase your learning.

Please note: If you are interested in Marine Science you should apply for the Marine Pathways Summer School.


Professional Services – Work Experience placement

  • 1 July – 5 July 2024

Work with colleagues from across the School’s Professional Services Team and gain experience in the core areas that support our groundbreaking teaching and research!

You will spend a week working across a number of teams which will include areas such as; Education, Operations, Outstations, Executive Support, Events and Communications and Business Partners. In this role you will gain valuable knowledge about the workings of administrative support within a large and complex organisation, providing vital support to students and colleagues across a a variety of functions. 


To make an application for either position, please complete the online School of Natural and Environmental Sciences Work Experience Application form.

Applications close at 12pm on Sunday 31 March 2024 for all placements. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 30 April 2024.

Please ensure that your school supports your application and the dates of the work experience placement. Successful applicants will be asked to provide a work experience form and/or letter from the school. Please note that we are only able to accept applications from students at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) and above.

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