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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 …

A different sort of graduation: #WeAreUon

Normally graduation is a much anticipated day in the academic calendar: nibbles, speeches, and photos with students and friends at the Physics reception, followed by pageantry and funny hats at the official ceremony. It’s a chance to celebrate and acknowledge achievement, and it’s also a chance to say goodbye. Of course nothing is ‘normal’ at …

Hugh’s experience on the MSci Physics with Science Education course

Science education is a important career path for some of our graduates, and we offer a number of options for physics students to gain practical experience in schools during their undergraduate studies. For example, the third-year PJU project module run by the School of Physics and Astronomy is open to application from any BSc or …

Joel wins Ultimate gold

Our students have a huge range of interests outside physics, and often juggle their studies with impressive achievements in other areas. Joel Miller (MSci Physics with Astronomy, 2017) is currently a third-year PhD student in the astronomy group, and recently was part of the winning GB Ultimate Frisbee team at the 2019 European Championships in …

Staff-Student Summer Football Tournament

After exams and results and all the hard work from the academic year had passed back in June, it was time to celebrate a bit with a friendly sporting match between staff and students. Last year the sport of choice was cricket — this year: football. Cheers to undergraduates Hannah Coleman and Subin Saji for …

Nottingham Physics Graduation 2019

A huge congratulations to all of our 2019 graduates who celebrated yesterday under beautiful sunny Nottingham skies. You should be very proud of the end result of your years of hard work. We wish you all happiness and fulfilment in your future plans!   Nottingham Physics Graduating Prizewinners, 2019 Salmon Prize (Highest Achieving MSci Graduands):  …

MEG UK 2019: Hannah’s first conference

Guest post by regular contributor Hannah Coleman, who has just completed her second year as a BSc Physics student. Over the Easter Break I had the opportunity to attend my first academic conference in Cardiff. It is unusual for undergraduates to attend conferences, but not unheard of. As I am very keen to embark on …