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What is the point of lectures?

guest post by Head of School, Prof Michael Merrifield There has been quite a lot of discussion in the Times Higher Education over the last few weeks questioning the purpose of lectures at university.  As my contribution, I would like to advance a rather unfashionable view, but before doing so let me say what I …

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 …

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 …