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Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence

Congratulations to Mark Newton, who has been shortlisted for a WATE this year, and also to Daniel Mayoh, shortlisted for a WATE PGR.

WATE and WATE PGR winners and commendees will be announced at the end of June.

Wed 09 May 2018, 13:50 | Tags: Awards

Primary Science Fair

Now in its fifth year, the Primary Science Fair took place last month hosted by the Department of Physics, organised by Ally Caldecote (Senior Teaching Fellow, Physics) and Jane Catto (Teacher, Briar Hill Infant School).

“Once again, the children surpassed themselves with projects on topics from space to slime, and much much more besides!” explains Jane who runs the Leamington Spa Ogden Primary Partnership. “Models of spiralling DNA, samples of live cress and gummy bear sweets in a variety of solutions were all set up in the lecture theatre as the children excitedly prepared to talk about their investigations.”

Leamington Spa Primary Science Fair 2018, University of Warwick, Tennisons Photography

Approximately 1,000 students from 10 local schools took part in school science fairs, presenting their projects, ideas and investigations to teachers and class mates. The best projects from each year group were selected from each school and over 100 winning children presented their projects at Warwick University at the end of last term. The science fair judges made up of scientists and educationalists spoke to each of the young scientists who explained their theories and findings.

Ally Caldecote said: "It is a delight and a privilege to welcome these budding scientists to the University. It is clear to see the tremendous time and effort that has gone into these projects as well as the careful consideration they have given to their science investigations. My judging panel are always bowled over by the understanding and determination of the children that they meet, and we are certain that we will meet some of these students again, maybe studying science here at the University!"

Leamington Spa Primary Science Fair 2018, University of Warwick, Tennisons Photography

Jane said: "It's fantastic to watch the process unfold. From gathering teachers to plan and launch the school-based science fairs, through enthusing the children to take part and involve family members in their science learning, to now getting to celebrate the winners and really give them a taste of a potential career in science. They will never forget this day!"

Each winner received a medal to proudly display, or a personalised winners’ teddy – for children in EYFS. All children also received a certificate and left the University happily wearing their shiny science medals.


Photo credit: Tennisons Photography

Fri 04 May 2018, 11:39 | Tags: Feature News, Outreach, Public Engagement and Media

Physics staff to present at "Pint of Science" 2018

The public science festival, Pint of Science, is coming to Coventry for the first time this year, with experts from the Universities of Warwick and Coventry talking about their research work in a selection of pubs and venues around the city. Physics staff and students involved include Andrij Vasylenko, Jess Marshall, Gavin Morley & Yashna Lekhai, Rachel Edwards, Bill Murray, Tim Gershon, and Tishtrya Mehta.

Allotropes of Phosphorus with Remarkable Stability and Intrinsic Piezoelectricity

We construct a class of two-dimensional (2D) phosphorus allotropes by assembling a previously proposed ultrathin metastable phosphorus nanotube into planar structures in different stacking orientations. Three of them are dynamically stable semiconductors with strain-tunable band gaps and intrinsic piezoelectricity. This may have potential applications in nanosized sensors, piezotronics, and energy harvesting in portable electronic nanodevices.

Mon 30 April 2018, 15:52 | Tags: Research

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