Quantum Technology School
Save the date: The Quantum Technology School 2023 will take place September 5th and 6th 2023 on campus at the University of Glasgow.
For teachers: you can download our flyer here: QTS2023 Flyer. For more information and/or to request places, please contact the QTS team (Sarah, Peter, Adetunmise and Fiona) on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
About the 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 Quantum Technology School (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 pupils 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.
QTS in previous years:
The University of Glasgow has been running a Quantum Technology School (QTS) since 2018. 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. In 2020 and 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the QTS went online. Although this was not the format we would have chosen, it allowed us to significantly expand our reach, and pupils from schools spanning the length and breadth of Scotland took part. The remote version combined live online sessions in the evenings with hands-on activity packs distributed to participating schools for pupils to work on in the weeks before the live sessions. For a taste of what this involved, see QTS2021.
We were delighted to return in person in 2022, when we welcomed 170 pupils from 24 different schools to the University of Glasgow.
The QTS is a collaboration between the School of Physics and Astronomy, the School of Computing Science, and the School of Engineering. We have also gratefully received support from QComm and QuantIC, two of the four national quantum hubs in previous years, and the EPSRC EPIQC project in 2022.
QTS is organised by Dr Sarah Croke, Dr Peter Sneddon, Dr Adetunmise Dada, and Dr Fiona Speirits, with support from colleagues in Computing Science and Engineering.
Demonstrator in Engineering workshop exploring the use of light to send information in Quantum Technology School 2018
Image from Physics workshop exploring polarisation and 3D imaging at the Quantum Technology School 2018
Demonstrator discussing cryptographic protocols with students at Computing Science workshop at Quantum Technology School 2018
Demonstrators viewing students' lego scenes projected in 3D in the Physics and Astronomy workshop at Quantum Technology School 2018
Students at the Quantum Technology School 2018