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Decisions, decisions…

We’re now well into the UCAS application “season”. Our regular Wednesday visit days will start later this month and, over the course of ten weeks or so, we’ll be welcoming hundreds of students (and their accompanying parents/visitors) to the School of Physics and Astronomy to spend an afternoon with us. A key part of 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 …

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day 2017

We’re pleased to be hosting two events in honour of Ada Lovelace Day:  an annual international event celebrating achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and math.  (We’ve spoken previously about Nottingham native Ada Lovelace and her contributions to computer science here). Admission free, all are welcome! Where can a physics degree take you? In …

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 …

Levitation in the lab

A guest post by Senior Research Fellow Dr. Richard Hill, whose research recently graced the cover of the September 15 volume of the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters.   I have two superconducting magnets in my lab generating strong magnetic fields that can levitate water, wax, alcoholic drinks, flies, supercarrots, you know, that kind of thing… …

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 …

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 …

Striking a Balance: Guest post from Nicole Landon

This is a guest post from Nicole Landon (pictured), who graduated with a 1st class honours MSci degree earlier this year. During her four years at Nottingham, Nicole was a key member of our team of student ambassadors/advisors for open days and outreach events. Having now graduated and moved on to bigger and better things, …

@UoN_Physics @YouTube

The School of Physics & Astronomy hasn’t been exactly shy of engaging via social media over the years. For one thing, we collaborate closely with the prolific and talented Brady Haran on a number of his successful YouTube channels including, in particular, Sixty Symbols. (The School was delighted that our efforts with Brady on Sixty …