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What’s it like to start university?

This is a guest post by Mark Palmieri, who has just started the third year of his undergraduate physics degree. Mark has also recently joined our social media team and produced a great video that will be of interest to anyone considering starting a university course. I’ll let Mark explain the rationale behind the video… …

Questions I wish I’d known the Answer to as a First Year Undergraduate

If I only knew then what I know now….. In this guest post, recently graduated student Jake Lester shares his advice for new and prospective students. Jake has just started a position as a Information Systems Engineer at BAE Systems (where he was previously a summer intern). If you’re reading this, you might be considering …

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. …

What is The Education Network and Why should I Care?

Guest post by Raj Jadav, soon-to-be final year MSci Mathematical Physics student and known to visitors to our UCAS Offer Holder days for his legendary presentation on change, choosing a university, and washing powder. Raj serves an important role in the School of Physics and Astronomy as Education Representative. Who are we? The 17/18 academic …

Staff vs Student Cricket Challenge: Match Report

  School of Physics and Astronomy Cricket Academic and Research Staff vs. Undergraduates Thursday 14/06/2018 The staff won by 3 wickets, with 4 overs to spare Match report kindly provided by Prof Laurence Eaves The Academic and Research Staff won a keenly fought and exciting match under 20-20 rules at Highfields Cricket Ground on University …

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 …

Update: Physics Doesn’t Suck as Much

Almost by definition, university education requires students to push themselves (or be gently nudged) out of their comfort zones — that’s where the the real learning happens.  As the year draws to an end, we’re delighted to feature a guest post by first-year Physics student and regular UoN Physics social media contributor Hannah Coleman, giving her …

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 …

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 …

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 …