Typically, a summer school will start Monday morning and end Friday lunchtime with an afternoon off during the week. We request that, in each school, there is a ‘core’ curriculum which the hosts can then add to with topical lectures perhaps reflecting their own group’s activities, have hands-on activities and schedule student talks.
STFC’s own guidance reads: “Courses or schools must be held in a core research activity supported by the STFC studentships programme (astronomy, solar system science, particle astrophysics, particle physics, nuclear physics) and must be aimed primarily at STFC-funded PhD students. Courses of a specialist technical nature will not be supported.” Our schools therefore fall within this remit.
The organisers of each school need to put in an application to STFC about a year before the summer school. We strongly recommend contacting the previous organizers for information and advice. Please note that funding is increasingly competitive and is not guaranteed.