Welcome to SEPnet. Whether you know us as the South East Physics Network, or the consortium of nine world-class universities that's changing the face of physics, explore more about how we're leading the way with high quality research, teaching and outreach activities.
Meet the people that are bringing SEPnet to life, discover more about our impressive reputation and study opportunities, and engage with our innovative programmes that bring the excitement of physics to students, teachers and employers alike. SEPnet is also the home of the European Masters in Physics (MSc) - your opportunity to enjoy the European method of study in the UK with compressed fees.
SEPnet partners have organised a range of activities to celebrate Women’s International Day on 8 March. University of Southampton is holding a festival of astronomy, with particular emphasis on the role women play in the subject. The roof tours, planetarium shows, Zooniverse workshops and talks are free but require tickets which can be booked at http://womenastro.eventbrite.co.uk. Monday 3 March marked another highly successful “Jim meets…’ event, as Surrey’s Professor Jim Al-Khalili met with the inspiring Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Space Scientist and BBC “The Sky at Night” presenter.
On 6 March staff at Portsmouth organised the University’s first Athena SWAN conference. SEPnet is committed to equality and diversity in all aspects of its work and supports SEPnet partners to adopt best practice in gender equality by signing up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno and applying for Athena SWAN award recognition. We are delighted that all SEPnet partners have signed up for either Project Juno or Athena SWAN. All departments are now being offered Unconscious Bias training to help with increasing the diversity of their student cohort and supporting the advancement of female and other under-represented group staff members.
Eligible students from SEPnet partner universities are invited to register and apply for summer placements from 3 March. Over 40 placement projects with research institutions, SMEs and large corporates on a range of exciting topics are being advertised to students providing an opportunity for them to develop their employability skills and gain valuable work experience. Visit the Students and Employers page on our website for more information and how to register.
Registration is now open to Physics and Astronomy PhD students across the SEPnet region for the INAUGURAL SUMMER SCHOOL: “MODELLING TODAY – LEADING TOMORROW” taking place at the National Physics Laboratory between 9th and 12th June 2014. Further details and link for registering via Eventbrite are here.
GRADnet, the collaborative Physics Graduate School of SEPnet, is offering 9 PhD scholarships for study starting October 2014 in the following areas: Astrophysics, Particle Physics, Quantum Technology and Condensed Matter Physics, Theoretical Physics and Medical and Bio Physics. Across SEPnet there are over 100 PhD projects in these and other fields of Physics of which 9 SEPnet Scholarships will be awarded.
Applications are now being accepted. To learn more, please look here.
Call for Employers to Submit Student Projects for SEPnet Summer Placements in 2014!
Could your business benefit from a bright and enthusiastic physics undergraduate this summer? As part of the SEPnet Summer Internship Scheme we have a number of bursaries available to sponsor physics undergraduate students to conduct research or complete a project as work experience for a period of eight weeks during their summer break. Successful students receive a bursary of £2,000 to cover their expenses for the placement period. If you have a placement project which you think would be suitable for a physics student, visit here and click on the registration form to submit your project.
We are very keen to hear from employers who are able to fully fund or match-fund placements so we can increase the number of placements available to students. If you are an employer able to fund a placement, please click on the link above to register your project. Funded projects which meet our criteria and are fully or match-funded by employers will automatically be selected. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions or for further information.
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50 SEPnet summer placement students celebrate their achievements at the Royal Institution!
On 20th November, 50 physics students from Kent, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, Southampton, Surrey and Sussex presented posters for their summer placement projects at the recent Annual SEPnet Students' Expo. 150 students, employers and academics heard from Charlotte Massey of Ultra Electronics and Miguel Carrasco and Cristina Guisca of NPL on the benefit of placements for developing students' employability skills and career choice.
Jim Al-Khalili, BBC presenter and Professor of Science Communication at Surrey, gave a keynote address on how to achieve a balanced career and presented copies of his book 'Paradox' as prizes to students who presented the best posters. Prize winners included Charlie Walker, Nicola Abraham, Azaria Coupe, James Cook, Amy Ennion and Jenny Vibert.
Students had an opportunity to network with employers and exhibitors included IOP, QinetiQ, Space Internship Network (SpIN), Selex ES, TeachFirst and Ultra Electronics.
Guests who attended were impressed with what the students had achieved during their placements and their presentations. One careers adviser summed it up by saying 'the students did really well and, once again, it accentuated the huge range of careers that physicists can consider'.
Read Azaria Coupe of University of Southampton’s blog account about her experience of the day here: http://azariacoupe.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/sepnet-students-speedy-sixty-second-science/
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