Each year, there is a large difference between the number of girls studying Physics A level, compared to those studying biology or chemistry. The Physics Mentoring Project aims to increase the number of school students, particularly girls, taking Physics at A level by highlighting career opportunities and transferrable skills.
During a mentoring cycle, a Physics Mentor is matched to a school local to their university, where they will conduct six mentoring sessions with small groups of secondary school students. This term, mentors can also contribute to the design and creation of mentoring videos in collaboration with the project team and a professional videographer.
Through their participation in the project, previous physics mentors have reported improvements in their own confidence, development of employability skills and have used the experience on their graduate CVs.
The opportunity to become a Physics Mentor is open to anyone who:
- is a current student at Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Cardiff University, Swansea University or the University of South Wales,
- has a post-16 qualification in Physics, and
- is enthusiastic about Physics, inclusivity in STEM and inspiring the next generation of scientists!
All mentors are fully trained, and so anyone who meets the above criteria is encouraged to apply, regardless of experience.