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Why University League Tables are bad for you… and What’s Better

Guest post by Prof Michael Merrifield, Head of School The School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Nottingham has just done very well in the Guardian University League Tables 2019. For reasons that will become apparent, I am not going to say how well (if you really must know, go and look it …

Staff vs Student Cricket Challenge: Match Report

  School of Physics and Astronomy Cricket Academic and Research Staff vs. Undergraduates Thursday 14/06/2018 The staff won by 3 wickets, with 4 overs to spare Match report kindly provided by Prof Laurence Eaves The Academic and Research Staff won a keenly fought and exciting match under 20-20 rules at Highfields Cricket Ground on University …

What is the point of lectures?

guest post by Head of School, Prof Michael Merrifield There has been quite a lot of discussion in the Times Higher Education over the last few weeks questioning the purpose of lectures at university.  As my contribution, I would like to advance a rather unfashionable view, but before doing so let me say what I …

Highlights from the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

Three 4th-year physicists from the University of Nottingham recently attended the fourth Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) UK in the Department of Physics at Oxford University. This annual 3-day conference is hosted by the The Oxford Women in Physics Society. It was a unique opportunity for networking and sparking discussions between 100+ female …

Spring Into Science: When Physics Meets Music Meets Maths…

Another post from Hannah (Coleman) in short succession! This time it’s on “Spring Into Science”, an event focussed on… Well, I’ll let Hannah explain. Following on from last year’s successful Spring into Science event, the School of Physics and Astronomy welcomed 200 year 8 pupils from schools across Nottingham for a day of lectures and interactive …

Discover Physics!

This a guest post from Hannah Coleman, first year Physics undergraduate and, along with Jo Melton, coordinator of social media for the School. Last week, fifty sixth-form students from all over the UK descended on the School of Physics and Astronomy for a two-day residential event. Now in its second year, Discover Physics, which is …

PhysSoc chooses a new committee

Guest post from Jake Lester, outgoing president of the University of Nottingham Physics Society (PhysSoc). After a long year of event forms, bar crawls, sleepless nights over exams, and lots and lots (and lots) of glitter, the previous PhysSoc committee has handed the reigns over to a new team. This year we’ve seen a number …

Nottingham physicists develop a wearable brain scanner

Exciting results out of the University of Nottingham magnetoencephalography (MEG) lab appeared in the prestigious journal Nature this week in a research paper entitled ‘Moving magnetoencephalography towards real-world applications with a wearable system‘. In the accompanying video, Dr. Matt Brookes and Nottingham PhD students Elena Boto and Niall Holmes explain how the combination of quantum sensors, …

Nottingham hosts the first ever Institute of Physics Technicians Event

Guest post by Dr. Nick Botterill, Facilities and Technical Manager, School of Physics and Astronomy On 7th March, a contingent of Technical staff from the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham attended a Technicians Event hosted by the Institute of Physics on our Jubilee Campus.  Founded in 1874, this was the Institute’s …