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Open Days 2021: Teaching physics in the time of COVID (and beyond)

Our Open Days for prospective undergraduate students look a little different this year. Normally the whole university would be gearing up to welcome crowds of thousands on to campus for two days in July, with an multitude of student ambassadors showing off our beautiful campus. (Sunny weather and ice cream by the lake a definite …

Grace’s summer research internship: mapping the cosmic web

Guest post by Grace Gilbert (4th Year MSci Physics student) who recently spent time on a funded summer research placement in the Nottingham astronomy research group working with Prof Alfonso Aragón-Salamanca.  As previously described in this blog, many of our undergraduate students gain valuable resaerch experience by working on summer internships here or abroad. We …

Nottingham Physics receives funding to boost local graduate opportunities

Some good news for students who want to develop their careers close to home after graduation. In this guest post by the School of Physics and Astronomy Placement and Partnership Officer Dr. Olga Fernholz, we learn about new funding we are receiving from the Office for Students to support regional opportunities for highly skilled employment. …

First graduates from the MSc Machine Learning in Science

This is a long-overdue post to mark the December 2020 graduation of the first cohort from the one-year postgraduate MSc Machine Learning in Science degree offered by the School of Physics and Astronomy. The field of machine learning and artificial intelligence is growing rapidly and these tools are being exploited by researchers in the School …

Institute of Physics medals for three Nottingham professors

This is a long-overdue post to congratulate three of our professors from the School of Physics and Astronomy who won major awards from the Institute of Physics. The fact that the awards were announced in October and it’s taken this long to post this gives a small reflection into the workload we’ve been facing this …

Two terms down, one to go: we’ve come a long way

Autumn term: check. Spring term: check. Time for the Easter holidays then a final push through our Summer term.  But first, a quick reflection on the academic year so far. (And what a year it’s been.) Now I’ve been in the UK for over 20 years, and when I first arrived learned much about the …

On Stars, Ciphers, and Cigarettes

Guest post by Floe Foxon (BSc Physics and Astronomy, 2020), whose final year of undergraduate studies featured international travel, research, published papers, and ultimately a job offer. Congratulations Floe on all your accomplishments! What do stellar reactors, medieval cryptograms, and smokes have in common? Probably nothing. Regardless, the final year of my BSc in Physics …

Physics and Music

One of the great benefits of studying at university is realising how so many subjects are interconnected in sometimes surprising ways.  Many of our staff and students are interested in exploring e.g. connections between physics and music, or between physics and art. Our physics undergraduates can take up to 10 credits per semester outside the …