Quantum Technology School

‌Quantum technology is an exciting new interdisciplinary field, which aims to use quantum mechanical effects to improve performance over existing techniques, notably in information processing, communications, sensing and imaging. It has seen recent worldwide investment from both governments and industry, and is expected to provide new employment opportunities in the medium to long term.

The University of Glasgow has been running a Quantum Technology School (QTS) since 2018, and has been supported by QComm and QuantIC, two of the four national quantum hubs. QTS is a collaboration between the School of Physics and Astronomy, the School of Computing Science, and the School of Engineering. In our inaugural event we hosted over 80 pupils from 8 schools, growing to over 100 pupils from 16 schools in our second event in 2019. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020 QTS went online. Although this was not the format we would have chosen, it allowed us to significantly expand our reach, and pupils from 32 schools spanning the length and breadth of Scotland signed up. We are excited to now be planning the Quantum Technology School 2021, which will again take place remotely. Live online sessions will take place in the evenings of December 6-8 2021, and activity packs will be provided to registered schools for pupils to work on in the weeks before this.

QTS is aimed at pupils studying Physics or Computing Science at Higher or Advanced Higher at the time of the School. In addition to highlighting this emerging field to both pupils and teachers, it is intended to give students who may be interested in continued study in Physics, Computing Science, or Engineering a flavour of University life.

The School features talks from researchers in the field, and hands-on taster sessions offered by the Schools of Physics and Astronomy, Computing Science, and Engineering at the University of Glasgow. In the remote QTS the hands-on sessions are replaced by an activity pack which is distributed to participating schools. Students learn about secure communication schemes that harness the laws of quantum physics to detect eavesdroppers, and explore aspects of cryptography, communication, and quantum technologies. In addition, participants have opportunities to hear from current undergraduate students, and have their questions about all aspects of further study answered by current undergraduates in a dedicated panel session.

The content is designed to be accessible to pupils currently studying the higher curriculum, and is not designed to solely target those already intending to take Physics/Computing/Engineering at University. We encourage all pupils to consider attending, no matter what your future plans are. We aim to provide an introduction to the exciting new field of Quantum Technology, and information about University life and career possibilities to help you make an informed choice.

For teachers: you can download our flyer here: QTS2021 Flyer and invitation email here: QTS2021_email. For more information and/or to request places, please contact Dr Sarah Croke or Dr Peter H. Sneddon on phas-qtschool@glasgow.ac.uk.

For pupils: please speak with your Physics or Computing Science teacher in the first instance and encourage them to contact us as above for more information.

Image from Engineering workshop, QTS 2018





Demonstrator in Engineering workshop exploring the use of light to send information in Quantum Technology School 2018

Image from Physics lab QTS 2018





Image from Physics workshop exploring polarisation and 3D imaging at the Quantum Technology School 2018

Image from Computing Science workshop, QTS 2018





Demonstrator discussing cryptographic protocols with students at Computing Science workshop at Quantum Technology School 2018

Demonstrators in 3D imaging lab at QTS 2018




Demonstrators viewing students' lego scenes projected in 3D in the Physics and Astronomy workshop at Quantum Technology School 2018

Audience at QTS 2018





Students at the Quantum Technology School 2018