Particle Physics Summer School

The Particle Physics Summer School is a FREE three day residential course introducing pupils aged 14-15 to Particle Physics, Science and Engineering. It will be held at St Paul’s School, London from Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 July 2021.

The course is organised and run in partnership between St Paul’s School and the Particle Physics Research Centre at Queen Mary University of London. It brings to life the complex subject of particle physics through a series of workshops and lectures led by teachers and academic researchers. The course will demonstrate the importance of the field across the sciences, engineering and computer science.

This unique course is open to 24 non-fee paying school students from across the UK in year 10 or equivalent and is entirely free to attend. A maximum of three students from any one school will be selected. Places will be allocated on the basis of simple application forms requiring short statements from both student and nominating teacher. As this course takes place during term time approval must be given by the student’s school, otherwise they cannot attend. We particularly encourage students with a keen interest in STEM and particle physics to apply.

For the application to be fully considered both students and their nominating teacher must complete their respective application forms linked below. The deadline for application is midnight 29 April 2021, applications received after this date will not be considered. Successful applicants will be informed of their place 7 May 2021.

For those ineligible or unable to attend do not worry, there will also be a virtual element to this summer school open to all who are interested in which we will live stream the lectures from the school. Details of this and how to sign up will be shared in April.

For those ineligible or unable to attend do not worry, there will also be a virtual element to this summer school open to all who are interested in which we will live stream the lectures from the school. Details of this and how to sign up will be shared in April.

Application Forms

These forms do not allow you to save your progress so please complete and submit in one sitting. It is worth preparing the 200 word statements before beginning the application forms to then copy and paste it into the relevant section.

Student Application Form

Teacher Nomination Form

Key Information

Dates and times of school: 2pm on Wednesday 14 July to 4pm on Friday 16 July 2021

Deadline for application: Thursday 29 April

Both student application form and teacher nomination form must have all relevant sections completed for the application to be fully considered.

For more information, please click here.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must attend a UK non-fee paying school
  • Must be completing year 10 or equivalent
  • Must receive permission from school to attend
  • Students may apply for both the Magic of Materials and Particle Physics Summer Schools but will only be accepted on one

Header image (c) Kamioka Observatory, ICRR (Institute for Cosmic Ray Research), The University of Tokyo