Welcome to the Physics department
We would like to congratulate all of our new undergraduate and postgraduate students who are due to join us this academic year, as well as welcoming back all of our returning students. We are also looking forward to welcoming our new members of staff that will be joining us throughout the year.
Congratulations to Fatemah Jafar and Tishtrya Mehta for being announced the winners of Warwick's first student award for Public and Community Engagement.
Congratulations to Matthew Nicholson who has received commendation for his teaching in the 2022 Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence. Matthew is a second year PhD student in Particle Physics, researching the use of Gadolinium in the Super-Kamiokande detector and measurements of Supernova Relic Neutrinos.
Congratulations to our three 2022 PhD Thesis Prize Winners.
Congratulations to our three 2022 thesis prize winners:
Springer Thesis Prize
Recognising outstanding PhD research - Arnau Brossa Gonzalo
Winton Thesis Prize
Recognising outstanding astrophysical research - Ben Cooke
Faculty of Science Thesis Prize (Physics)
Recognising outstanding research from across the faculty - Sam Holt
Our second year PhD students showcased their research in a poster session on the Physics concourse on Wednesday 18th May. PhD students are really the powerhouse of research in the department and it was great to hear all about the fantastic progress they are making. We awarded poster prizes to Luke Smith (1st place), Manisha Islam and John Pontin (joint runners up) for their particularly fascinating, clear and enthusiastic poster presentations. Many thanks to all who took part in the event.
Physics staff led by Oksana Trushkevych present "Resonate: a string, a concert, a hall, a universe" for the on-campus Resonate festival
In outreach & engagement news, a team of Physics staff led by Oksana Trushkevych (including Gavin Bell, Rachel Edwards, Tim Cunningham and Sue Burrows) presented “Resonate: a string, a concert hall, a universe” for the on-campus Resonate festival, the culmination of the University's celebrations for Coventry City of Culture.
The word resonate was on everyone’s lips, but people did not really talk about resonance in the physics sense of the word (there are some pretty iffy technical definitions even in the most reputable online dictionaries!). So the team set out to correct this and prepared an interactive lecture-performance, drawing on their current research as well as their teaching on The Science of Music module for IATL. PhD students from the Ultrasound group helped to move equipment and instruments, such as theremin and laser harp, to the Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre, and Gentian Mouron-Adams (a Physics undergraduate) demonstrated the Rubens tube. We talked about bridges, earthquakes, musical instruments, concert halls, MRI, seeing resonance, seeing with resonance, using resonance to hear... Activities included “singing” with balloons, “feeling” a piece of original music by Gavin through balloons and a “decipher the message” challenge relying on the natural reverberation of our teaching labs. We celebrated Delia Derbyshire, the electronic music pioneer from Coventry, who created the original Dr Who theme. We also talked about stars singing (actual stars, not celebs, and why we can’t hear them) and the universe being a set of resonances (well, if you are a string theorist). The event was aimed at children 8+ and received very positive feedback from attendees, young and grown up, who all made a lot of noise during and after the show.