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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.  pMy first year …

2018 National Student Survey (NSS) Results in Physics

Guest post by Prof Michael Merrifield, Head of School I am somewhat vociferously on record arguing that most university league tables are a complete waste of time – they are compiled by newspapers who have a vested interest in promoting volatility, and they combine disparate statistics in a way that makes no sense at all. …

Year One Results – Physics Doesn’t Suck

So many important messages in this video by physics undergraduate student Hannah Coleman reflecting on her experience in Year One. We all know that the road to success is not without its twists, turns, and bumps along the way. As lecturers we can’t do the work for our students, but try our best to point …

Welcome to the Nottingham Physics Open Days 2018

An early welcome to everyone who will be visiting our beautiful campus on Friday and Saturday of this week for the University of Nottingham Open Days. Here in the School of Physics and Astronomy we have a full program of talks, tours, and demonstrations planned to give a taste of what it’s like to be …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Punctuation; is Not. an, Option.

I put the video together below a few years ago to provide some hints and tips on lab report writing. It was initially targeted at a 1st year audience but students in higher years said that they also found it useful. In addition, a number of students have asked me why the video had seemingly …