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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 …

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, …

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 …

Fond Farewells

Congratulations to our new BSc and Msci graduates! Only Physics graduates could do this….#UoNgraduation 🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/AoYP8YMEUX — Lesley Wood (@LesleyWoodPhoto) July 13, 2017   Graduation is always an important part of the academic calendar.  It’s always a little strange to mingle at the reception we hold at the School to celebrate our new graduates:  all …

Building on a solid foundation

The video below is a fantastic insight into the tenacious mindset that’s required to be a physicist. For anyone interested in studying physics (at any level), it’s a must-see. It was uploaded a few days ago by Hannah Coleman, who has recently (very) successfully completed a Foundation Year here at Nottingham and will be joining …