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Decisions, decisions…

We’re now well into the UCAS application “season”. Our regular Wednesday visit days will start later this month and, over the course of ten weeks or so, we’ll be welcoming hundreds of students (and their accompanying parents/visitors) to the School of Physics and Astronomy to spend an afternoon with us. A key part of the …

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 …

In memory of Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, who died today at the age of 76, was undeniably an incredible figure in modern physics, and indeed in wider culture. His work has featured in many Sixty Symbols videos. In a video posted today, Ed Copeland and Mike Merrifield add their own personal recollections. Stephen Hawking video, including a bit of science and …

Student research: Teaching neural networks to identify gravitational lenses

The major research project in the fourth year of our MSci degree is a chance for students to get hands-on experience in the frontline physics research our academic staff are working on, i.e. where we don’t know what the answer is going to be when we start! Some projects lead to valuable advances in the …

Love Physics — Love Your Career

Guest post by Chris Jones, Senior Careers Adviser (Faculty of Science and Engineering) This Valentine’s Day, the Careers and Employability Service and the School of Physics joined forces with the Institute of Physics and PhysSoc to present an informal showcase of opportunities for students to help them develop their career whilst at university.  We all …

Staff and student interviews: Chris Morley

Over the past few months we’ve been adding a steady stream of interviews with staff and students on our Youtube channel, UoN Physics. The latest addition is an interview with former undergraduate and current PhD student Chris Morley. Chris will be a familiar face to anyone who comes to one of the interview days that makes …

The Art of Physics — Guest Post by Noah Harwicke

The following is a post from Noah Hardwicke that I really, really should have uploaded long before now. (Sorry, Noah). The Christmas and New Year holiday, combined with the traditional (at least for me) start-of-year illness, slowed me down. Noah highlights the key importance of creativity in physics, and describes how mathematics and physics can …