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Welcome to our new physics and astronomy blog!

Welcome to the School of Physics and Astronomy’s Blog. This blog has been set up by our School community of students and academic staff, to share their insight into what it’s like to study physics and astronomy at the University of Nottingham. In our blog we’ll cover all aspects of our research and teaching. You’ll discover the …

PhysSoc welcomes a new crop of students

We’re gearing up to welcome our new crop of first-year students next week, and a host of student mentors from the student-run physics society will be on hand to help make sure everyone feels at home.  In the guest post below, PhysSoc president Jake Lester explains what the society does and why it’s a good …

In To Bat — Guest post from Oliver Gordon

Oliver (Oli) Gordon, a third year — soon to be fourth year — MSci Physics student has very recently completed a ten week summer intern project in the Nottingham Nanoscience group. The internship, as Oli recounts below, has spanned a rather wider range of topics than he first expected… Before starting, I feel it good …

Striking a Balance: Guest post from Nicole Landon

This is a guest post from Nicole Landon (pictured), who graduated with a 1st class honours MSci degree earlier this year. During her four years at Nottingham, Nicole was a key member of our team of student ambassadors/advisors for open days and outreach events. Having now graduated and moved on to bigger and better things, …

@UoN_Physics @YouTube

The School of Physics & Astronomy hasn’t been exactly shy of engaging via social media over the years. For one thing, we collaborate closely with the prolific and talented Brady Haran on a number of his successful YouTube channels including, in particular, Sixty Symbols. (The School was delighted that our efforts with Brady on Sixty …

Summer Research: Systems Engineer at BAE Systems

An interview with undergraduate Jake Lester, who has been working on a summer internship at BAE Systems.  Jake will be shortly returning to Nottingham for his fourth and final year of the MSci programme and will also serve as president of PhysSoc.   This is the second post in a continuing series focusing on how our students are …

If I hadn’t failed my exams, I wouldn’t be a professor of physics

It’s that day of the year again — A-level results are released. The very best of luck to all students finding out their grades as I’m writing this. I’m admissions tutor for the School of Physics & Astronomy here at Nottingham and I’ve already received a number of calls from students this morning. It breaks …

2017 National Student Survey (NSS) results

Guest post by Prof Michael Merrifield, Head of School The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) were published today. This survey is conducted among all graduating students every year, in which they answer a whole series of questions about their experience at university, ranging from how good the staff were at explaining things to …

A New Mindset — Guest post by Andrew Coe

I was delighted when Physics World, for the third year running, published a coursework article written for the Politics, Perception, and Philosophy of Physics (PPP) module. In the guest post below, Andrew Coe, the author of this year’s Physics World PPP article, discusses his motivations for writing the piece and why publishing in Physics World was especially …

Biggest infra-red image of sky ever taken released by Nottingham astronomers

On the 1st August 2017, Nottingham’s astronomy group released the largest ever infra-red image of the sky. The image has 1.5 million megapixels and gives the most detailed view ever of the northern hemisphere from the ecliptic plane right up to 60 degrees north of the ecliptic.   In this guest post, Dr. Simon Dye …