Celebrating Undergraduate Student Successes

Posted by Mervyn Roy at Dec 11, 2019 08:23 PM |
It has been another great year for undergraduates in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

This summer 84% of students graduated with a 2.1 or above and this is testament to the students’ hard work and dedication. All physics degrees are good degrees! Well done to all our finalists.

Particular congratulations should go to the winners of our student prizes. In no particular order:

  • Samuel and Rachel May prize for outstanding performance in the final year - James Page
  • Airbus Space Science Prize - Peter Selves
  • Stewardson Essay Prize - Beth Henderson, Johanna Antonelli
  • Physics Research Poster Prize - Max Favaro-Bedford
  • Physics Year 3 Research Project Prize - Dylan Moles
  • Physics and Astronomy School Prizes - Paula Riojas Guijosa, Dean Haigh, Rhys Williams, Christopher Bell


We also award prizes to our current student cohort. Well done to third years Nora Drewes (college prize), Mahek Shah and Anastasia Polyviou (Photonis prize), Sarah Norman (Raymond Hide prize) – and to Eleanor Morton the inaugural winner of our Physics Community prize. Students to watch in the future!

The vast majority of our graduates will go on to do great things – 82% are within graduate level employment within 6 months of graduating, a number well in advance of the government benchmark for physics and level with that of our Russell Group competitors.

We’re always looking to hear from our graduates – particularly those who’d like to return to the University to speak to current students. Last year at our annual careers day, we heard about the success of former students Fergus Wilson (BAE systems), Neil Popat (RBS), Katie Raymer (The Royal Society), SLt James Parker RN and SLt Elliott Spender (Royal Navy), and Robert Garner (UK space Agency). Many thanks to all of these graduates and – if you are a graduate who would like to get involved – please let us know.

On the staff side of things we have been working very hard to implement our new curriculum - which has now rolled through from year 1 all the way into year 4. The new curriculum covers all of the Institute of Physics core areas of physics, and enhances our focus on specialist electives and on transferrable skills. This is working well! Students like the new modules and returned NSS overall satisfaction results of greater than 90% - the second highest of any Department on campus. Perhaps most importantly, following a very successful visit the Institute of Physics recently re-accredited all of our degrees for the maximum possible term.



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