Work Experience

What is the STFC?

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research organisations supporting scientists and engineers world-wide. The STFC operates on the following sites in the UK:

Activities carried out cover a wide range of science, engineering and technology, including materials science, engineering and instrumentation, particle physics, space science, accelerator based technologies, information technology and computer science.

Inspiring young people and the wider public is one of the STFC's main objectives. This is achieved through a focused programme of public engagement, promoting careers in science, engineering and technology to maintain the quality of the UK programme.

The Laboratories offer one or two week work experience placements to over 100 Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students each year, many from local schools and around the country. Longer placements are available for Year 12 and Year 13 students over the summer. As far as possible they are placed depending on their interests indicated on the application form.

At RAL and DL, we can occasionally accommodate Year 12 students for longer periods, although this is always subject to supervisor availability, as part of a Nuffield Research Placement.

We are happy to try to find supervisors for Nuffield Placement students but you must apply for a Nuffield Placement in addition to filling out our work experience application form.

Each site has a slightly different programme. For more information on each site, please see below.


If you have any enquiries about the STFC work experience programme, please email us on the email addresses below.

Science and Technology Facilities Council Switchboard: 01793 442000