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(Source: National Student Survey 2011) Student Satisfaction – UK Top 5 UniversityAverage score 1. Oxford4.28 2. Cambridge4.28 3. Leicester4.17 4. Loughborough4.15.

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1 (Source: National Student Survey 2011) Student Satisfaction – UK Top 5 UniversityAverage score 1. Oxford Cambridge Leicester Loughborough Durham4.13 Leicester in top 10 of National Student Survey every year since it began in 2005 Inspirational research-led teaching leads to the highest levels of student satisfaction

2 Dr Mervyn Roy Senior Admissions Tutor Lecturer in Nanoscience Dr Simon Vaughan Admissions Tutor Lecturer in Astronomy Merry Coates Admissions Secretary

3 Your Departmental Visit 11.00Physics and astronomy talk 11.45Teaching tour Physics research tour Space research centre tour Comets workshop 12.30Teaching tour Physics research tour Space research centre tour Comets workshop 13.15Teaching tour Physics research tour Space research centre tour 14.00Physics and astronomy talk

4 Welcome to Physics and Astronomy

5 The Department National Space Centre Founding partners of this national visitor attraction and educational facility Physics Building Space Research Centre (SRC)

6 Leicester in a nutshell University: consistently top 20 in the UK, top 2% in the world. Department: Internationally renowned research and teaching Research earnings per staff member amongst highest in UK (~£8m) Academic Ranking of World Universities (Physics) - top 100 in the world, joint 8 th in UK. Friendly! Medium sized department with an open door policy Excellent staff student ratio – lots of small group teaching Strong links between research and teaching Project work from the first term of the first year Awarded national teaching innovation grants 1Cambridge 2Imperial College 3Manchester 4Oxford 5UCL 6Durham 7Edinburgh =8Leicester =8Birmingham

7 Research The degree programme Extracurricular activities and careers

8 Facilities Advanced Microscopy Centre XMM-Newton Survey Cryogenics lab Swift Data Centre Clean Rooms Radar Sounding Centre Nanotechnology labs Bio-imaging Unit ALICE supercomputer + undergraduate HPC service cores

9 Facilities Advanced Microscopy Centre XMM-Newton Survey Cryogenics lab Swift Data Centre Clean Rooms Radar Sounding Centre Nanotechnology labs Bio-imaging Unit ALICE supercomputer + undergraduate HPC service cores

10 Facilities Advanced Microscopy Centre XMM-Newton Survey Cryogenics lab Swift Data Centre Clean Rooms Radar Sounding Centre Nanotechnology labs Bio-imaging Unit ALICE supercomputer + undergraduate HPC service cores

11 Artificial atoms: graphene, nanotubes, semiconductors molecular electronics, quantum computing, etc. One of the world leaders in nanocluster physics Nanoclusters ~ 1-10 nm, ~ 100 atoms 5 nm 100 nm

12 B Superfluid Helium

13 SPEAR Radar facility Part of national centre for Earth Observation Monitoring and modelling Earth’s atmosphere Working on climate change (e.g. with MET office) Interaction of solar wind with Earth’s ionosphere

14 Largest University based space research programme in Europe Leicester instrument in space every year since 1967 Space science contributes £7 bn to the UK economy 20  m Exomars Astrosat JUICE Swift Stardust

15 Xmas GRB Hawaii Swift Oadby

16 G. Provan, S. W. H. Cowley, J. Sandhu and M. K. Dougherty, Planetary period oscillations in Saturn’s magnetosphere: Non-monotonic transition to northern oscillation dominance two years after equinox, submitted to J. Geophys, Res. S. E. Milan, J. S. Gosling and B. Hubert, Relationship between interplanetary parameters and the magnetopause reconnection rate quantified from observations of the expanding polar cap, J. Geophys. Res. 117, A03226 (2012). H. Melin, T. Stallard, S. Miller, M. B. Lystrup, L. M. Trafton, T. C. Booth, and C. Rivers, New limits on H3+ abundance on Neptune using Keck NIRSPEC, MNRAS 410, 641 (2011). P. R. Steele, M. R. Burleigh, P. D. Dobbie, R. F. Jameson, M. A. Barstow and R. P. Satterthwaite, White dwarfs in the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey Large Area Survey: the substellar companion fraction, MNRAS 416, 2768 (2011). C. Power, K. Zubovas, S. Nayakshin and A. R. King, Self regulated star formation and black hole galaxy bulge relation, MNRAS 413, L110 (2011). S.E. Milan, T. A. Evans and B. Hubert, Average auroral configuration parameterized by geomagnetic activity and solar wind conditions, Ann. Geophys. 28, 1003 (2010). A. Brewer and K. von Haeften, In situ passivation and blue luminescence of silicon clusters using a cluster beam/H2O co-deposition production method, Appl. Phys. Letts. 95, 1 (2009). Make a contribution!

17 Research The degree programme Extracurricular activities and careers

18 MPhys (4 yr) and BSc (3 yr) Degree Courses in: Physics Physics with Nanotechnology Physics with Astrophysics Physics with Space Science & Technology Physics with Planetary Science A Teaching Programme based on Research Excellence All degrees are based on our cutting-edge research Taught by experts (including a NASA astronaut) Jeff Hoffman 5 space missions 21 million miles space travel Offers - MPhys (AAB), BSc (ABB)

19 Scholarships The Chancellor’s Scholarships £2,000 towards your tuition fee each year (AAA or equivalent) Departmental Scholarships £1,250 towards your tuition fee each year (ABB or equivalent) Also - CULN College Transition Scholarship University of Leicester National Scholarships

20 Innovative approach to teaching Lectures Problem solving workshops Seminars Experimental work Project work (in every year) Small group tutorials Opportunity to advance higher level courses The Degree Programme Flexible degree with plenty of choice Students choose options to suit interests and career aspirations → course lists & handbooks Comprehensive student support leads to an excellent completion rate

21 A flexible degree Core Physics and Maths. Computing Experimentation Data analysis Nano. Speciality options Training courses Projects Physics Speciality options Training courses Projects Space Speciality options Training courses Projects Astro. Speciality options Training courses Projects Planetary Speciality options Training courses Projects Extracurricular activities Higher level core courses

22 Dynamics, Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Matter, Waves and Quanta. Mathematical Physics 1.1 Mathematical Physics 1.2 Core Laboratory Core GRePs (x4) Nano. Nanophysics Digital Electronics GReP: Nano-aerosols Physics Modern Physics Great Experiments GReP: Elastomers/ Spectroscopy Space Space Technology Science From Space GReP: Earth/Space Environment Astro. Observational Astro. The Sun And Stars GReP: Astrophysical Techniques Planetary Planetary Exploration Terrestrial Planets GReP: Planetary Cratering First Year Modules Physics Societies, Student led projects Relativity & Particles Vectors & Matrices Many Variables

23 Atoms and Nuclei Quantum Mechanics Interaction of Radiation & Matter Advanced Vector Calculus Fourier Transforms Physics Challenge Physics at Work Nano. Magnetic Systems Advanced Materials Digital Imaging Training workshop (STM/AFM) Physics Elementary Particles, Applied Nuclear Power Medical X-rays Ultrasound & nuclear Radio Systems Relativity Training wkshp. Space Solar-Terrestrial Relations Rocket Propulsion Systems Human Spaceflight Spacecraft design Training wkshp. Astro. Active Galaxies Cosmology Extreme Stars Stellar Structure & Evolution Training wkshp. Planetary The Earth from Space Planetary Science Ionospheric Physics Life in the Universe Physics Societies, Student led projects Quantum Solids, Applied Quantum Mechanics Management Sustainable Futures Business skills Science Communication Physics in Education Work Placement Study Abroad Pair project GReP or GrIP Third Year

24 An (approximate) week in the life of… …a first year Core lectures 4 Option lectures 1-2 Tutorials 1 Seminars 2 Workshops 2 Labs & GRePs6 Private study → course lists & handbooks Assessment: 30% coursework, 70% exam

25 An (approximate) week in the life of… …a third year Core lectures Option lectures Tutorials optional Seminars 1 Workshops 1 Research Project (term 1) 10 GReP/ GrIP (term 2)10 Research / private study 15 – 20 → course lists & handbooks + study abroad, ambassadors in schools, work placements, etc.

26 Research The degree programme Extracurricular activities and careers

27 Outside the Curriculum Student societies (Phys Soc., LeSEDS, Astrosoc) Organised trips (e.g. Diamond Light Source) Student Initiatives Student outreach and mentoring CubeSat student satellite (PLUME) Gamma ray detector experiment (BEXUS) European Space Agency zero-g flight campaign Planet On Standby!

28 Zero-g Flight Campaign ESA competition won by Leicester students GRAPPA student project (May 2011)

29 Skills of a Leicester Physics Graduate Problem solving Analysis Mathematical Information technology Experimental Software skills Teamwork Leadership Initiative Communication Presentation Business awareness GrIPs - direct student engagement with employers working on real world problems provided by industry

30 Links with Industry Strong links with science-based industry e.g. EADS Astrium, ENSOL, Rolls Royce, Schlumberger, Photonis, Qinetiq, SciSys, SSTL, BioAstral, Magnaparva etc. etc. This years GrIPs include: Weatherford International, Jorin Ltd, Leicestershire Bee Keepers association!

31 Leicester Graduates Academic Research Industrial Research IT Industry Teaching Space Industry Defence Industry Forensic Science Meteorology Civil Service The Media Banking Accountancy Commerce Law Management Sales/Marketing 30 % - PhDs or further training 70 % - in graduate employment (incl. further study) within 6 months

32 Thank you for your time, please enjoy the rest of your visit.


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