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Noah Hardwicke at the 2018 Wolfram Summer School

Guest post by Noah Hardwicke, one of our MSci Physics undergraduates. Noah has previously blogged about the importance of creativity in both science and art, and here reflects on his first year at Nottingham as well as the stimulating experience he had recently as a participant in the 2018 Wolfram Summer School.  My first year …

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 …

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 …

A summer Down Under chasing gravitational waves

Guest post from former Nottingham undergraduate (MSci Physics 2017) and now first-year PhD student Lizzie Elmer, who went to Australia for a summer research experience and ended up playing an important role in one of the most exciting recent discoveries in physics! Finding an internship At the beginning of 2016, I was trying to decide …

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 …

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 …

Can you read my mind? New advances in brain imaging

The School of Physics and Astronomy has led the way in medical imaging, thanks to the scientific legacy of the late Sir Peter Mansfield.   Sir Peter won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2004 for the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Recently, Dr. Matt Brookes and Prof Richard Bowtell from the Sir Peter Mansfield …

Student Research: Crystal Clear Clusters

Straight into the deep end! That’s what happened to undergraduate student Shaun Brown.  Just a week after finishing his third year, he’s started a summer project working with Alfonso Aragon-Salamanca and me in the astronomy group.  And just days after starting his summer project, he joined a group of Nottingham astronomers at the “Crystal Clear Clusters” …