Work Experience 2022 Applications Open

Each summer the Astrophysics Research Institute (home to the NSO) welcomes students from school years 12 and 13 (or equivalent), for a week-long work experience programme. The week consists of talks and workshops, and gives students an idea of how professional research is done at a university.

Work Experience Week Class of 2018
NSO Work Experience class and staff of 2018

We will be running our 2022 work experience week from Monday 4th to Friday 8th July 2022.

The 2022 work experience week is open to students from the UK and Ireland who can attend at our Liverpool City Centre offices for the whole week. You must provide your own travel, food, and accommodation, however, there is no charge for the work experience week itself. Several travel and accommodation scholarships are available. 


Applications for the 2022 work experience week have now closed. If you submitted an application, you will receive an email at the beginning of May letting you know whether or not you have been allocated a place.

If you have any questions please email and we will get back to you during normal office hours.

Travel and accommodation scholarships

We are pleased to announce that the University is able to fund several travel and accommodation scholarships for students to attend the week. This will cover transport costs, shared accommodation in Liverpool (with on site support over night), and meal vouchers for the week.

Students will be considered for scholarships if they fit any of the following criteria and indicate in their application that they would like to be considered for a scholarship:

  • Student from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background
  • Student who is a care leaver or currently a looked after child/young adult
  • Students who are young adult carers
  • Students with a disability
  • Student who will be the first in their family to go to University/Higher Education


Read what students have said about Work Experience Week

It was such an informative and hands on week that I would recommend to anyone considering Physics at university in the future, as it really helped to affirm my choice of doing a Natural Sciences degree at university.

By Emma Durkin - Read Emma's full blog post.


All in all it was a really fun and interesting week, it provides a realistic insight into research jobs and student life at any university...I would highly recommend that all students apply to this, as it really was intriguing and provides amazing opportunities and a lot of information.

By Louis Wilks-Reeves - Read Louis' full blog post.