The Senior Physics Challenge (SPC) is a university access initiative directed at AS physics (or equivalent) in schools across the UK. With this summer school we aim to demystify, and make more accessible to a wider range of students, the transition to university physics in the UK.
This year the SPC will be held between 29/06/14 - 03/07/14.
Applications for the SPC are now closed. Applications will open in mid
February, 2014. They will close on 23 April, and need to be complete by 27
April, 2014, whereupon all applications will be considered together. There is
no advantage in applying early, and applying in mid April would allow more
time to practise AS maths and physics in order to sit the SPC application test
(see FAQ for information about applications).
Answers to several frequently asked questions about the SPC can be found here.
Among many activities during the 5 day summer school students participate in:
- General physics/research lectures
- Practical lab classes
- Evening entertainment (physics estimation)
- Admissions talks
- This year the lectures and problems in Special Relativity were replaced
by Quantum Mechanics. The contents of the course and Chapter 1 of the notes
are available in our teaching material
Students will be accommodated as the
guests of a small number of Colleges. Intensive tuition will
emphasise developing problem-solving and experimental skills. The
group will eat together in various Colleges in the evening.
Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright (Course Director)
Prof. Mark Warner FRS (Course Director)