Video created by Academy students, showcasing the NPL Academy in 2012
I am very thankful for being guided through a wonderful and pleasant time at NPL. My overall work plan was well coordinated and I've had a thrilling experience by meeting new people and eminent scientists who have showed me what NPL is about. I've had an exciting experience at NPL that I will never forget.
The NPL Academy was introduced in 2008 to give GCSE and A Level students a structured opportunity to get the most out of a week's worth of work experience at one of the UK's leading scientific establishments.
Students are given an introduction to NPL and the type of work we are involved with, followed by a tour of the lab. There are also a number of group exercises so individual students can get to know each other. The students are then 'passed over' to a host in the business who will allocate them to a specific project to work on during their week here.
One afternoon is spent on an Academy team exercise and, weather permitting, this will involve building and launching water rockets.
The morning of the final day is spent polishing reports on the week's work for presentation on the last afternoon to an audience comprising hosts, peers, teachers and parents. Prizes are given for the best presentations.
Typically we welcome a cohort of 30-35 students, though competition is intense - there are usually about four applicants per place.
NPL concentrates its energies in providing a top experience work placement scheme, so does not offer additional placements.
Dates for your diary
1 December 2014:
Application for NPL Academy 2015 opens
15 February 2015:
Deadline for applications
27 February 2015:
Candidates will be notified if they have been successful in securing a place by this date
6–10 July 2015:
NPL Academy 2015 takes place