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.
Tuesday 23 September 1.30pm-5pm
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey
The University of Surrey, supported by their EPSRC funded Impact Acceleration Account, would like to welcome the technology, engineering and science community to see how research and innovation at the University can be, and has been, exploited for maximum benefit.
The day includes:
SEPnet members Prof. Peter McDonald and Prof. Stephen Sweeney from the Dept. of Physics at the University of Surrey demonstrating their collaborative work with NPL on standards for cement characterisation using NMR and thermal control of LED lighting
Talks from leading business experts and support agencies on maximising the benefits from working with universities: including Innovate UK, Growth Accelerator, Venner Shipley, Tata, ManagePlaces and Flexeye.
An interactive demonstration area will enable visitors to engage with technologies and applications in: Smart-City infrastructure and IoT, concrete and structures testing, Augmented Reality, novel polymers, health-care data analysis, LED lighting systems, secure software and printed electronics.
Campus tours will cover: the Ion Beam Centre, EnFlo wind tunnel, 3D video & audio labs and the Surrey Space Centre
“Inventing the Future: An Evening with Greg Foot” 6pm-7:30pm. TV scientist Greg Foot will be interviewing four of the University’s scientists and engineers who have recently had their research projects become a reality.
The event is free to register. Go to the following link: link.
Creating New Opportunities for Physics Research Students
On 2 September SEPnet held its first GRADnet networking evening at Queen Mary University for SMEs and regional employers, Physics Research Students and Academics from Queen Mary and Universities of Sussex and Kent.
Over 50 employers, students and academics attended the first of 3 regional events and heard from a panel of entrepreneurs and knowledge exchange experts about the opportunities for physics PhDs in industry. Attendees shared ideas for joint working and collaboration through a lively speed networking session and heard about the launch of the GRADnet Employer Engagement Programme and a new industry mentoring scheme for students.
The first event of its kind for the physics research community and industry, attendees reported finding the event very valuable for getting academics and employers together to learn about what is going on in industry and finding out what physics students do and want. The key message from the evening - employers ‘really do want to hire PhD students’!
See this article from the National Centre for Universities & Business
The WISE Awards is a unique annual event to recognise inspiring organisations and individuals actively addressing the core concerns of WISE: promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to girls and young women.
WISE welcomes sponsorship large and small from individuals and organisations who wish to support the WISE Awards. Click on the link to find out more about sponsorship opportunities to suit your budget for the WISE Awards 2014.
This is a fantastic opportunity to nominate someone for one of the many awards and/or book tickets to this prestigious ceremony on Thursday 13 November 2014, Grange Hotel Tower Bridge, London.
Deadline for nominations: Friday 22 August
Tec 66 Vacuum & Photonics Exhibition & Conference, 27 October 2014, East Sussex - opportunity for SEPnet partners and PGRs to present research to industry
Tec 66 is an annual Vacuum & Photonics Exhibition & Conference attracting industry specialists in this field including SMEs.
Speakers this year include Maggie Aderin-Pocock, space scientist, Dr Moritz Riede, Physics Department, University of Oxford and Stephen Sweeney, Professor of Physics and Head of Photonics at University of Surrey.
Tec 66 is offering universities free stands to showcase their research and develop links with industry. SEPnet partner Postgraduate Researchers carrying out research in this field are also invited to present posters related to UHV/Vacuum and/or Photonic applications as a way of engaging with employers in this very specialised industry. To date Surrey and Sussex are taking a stand.
This is a great opportunity to engage with industry in a specialist field for knowledge exchange and industry/research collaboration.
Anyone interested in taking a stand or presenting a poster should contact Jim Christy at email@example.com.
Visit www.tec66.co.uk for further information.
Inaugural Summer School a success!
Over 70 students attended the a very enjoyable and successful inaugural GRADnet Summer School at the National Physical Laboratory between the 9th and 12th of June. They enjoyed a variety of activities including real-world consultancy challenges, employer led workshops that illustrated the application of physics based modelling techniques across a range of industrial sectors; a session on outreach and a water rockets BBQ. Many thanks to NPL for hosting the event and to all the contributors to the challenges and workshops.
Companies who led the workshops included Network Rail, AWE, NPL, The Met Office, Airbus Defence Systems and Rolls Royce. Real-world consultancy challenges were provided by Pentagon Plastics, Symetrica, NPL and Selex ES.
Read Pentagon Plastic's blog about taking part in the SEPnet Graduate Network Summer School June 2014: http://www.pentagonplastics.co.uk/blog/pentagon-takes-part-in-sepnet-summer-school/
In collaboration with The Open University, GRADnet is delighted to announce the launch of its Virtual Research Environment to connect Physics Researchers, Research Students, employers and alumni in the SEPnet region.
Physics staff, postgraduate research students and Alumni are invited to register on: www.sepnet.ac.uk/vre
We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s SEPnet Public Engagement Awards. We had a good number of nominations, all of which were of a good quality. The winners and highly commended have been invited to a prize giving ceremony at the GRADnet Summer School on Wednesday 11th June, presented by Prof Jim Al-Khalili. Congratulations to all our winners.
Public engagement with research to enrich cultural life: Project awards
Winner: Brian Wecht, Queen Mary University of London
Highly Commended: Claudia Maraston, University of Portsmouth
Media and Communications Award
Winner: Natalie Starkey, The Open University
Highly Commended: Shakardokht Jafari, University of Surrey
Winner: Benjamin Williams, University of Oxford
Highly Commended: Sophia Goldberg, Queen Mary University of London
Highly Commended: Michael Hodgson
Winner: Malcolm Coe, University of Southampton
GRADnet, the collaborative Physics Graduate School of SEPnet, is offering 9 PhD scholarships for study starting October 2015 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.
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/
A glimpse into our diverse portfolio of ACM research and the world-class facilities that support it.
Making new connections between experiment and theory through the NExT Institute.
Explore research with SEPnet-Astro, from planetary science to astrophysics and cosmology.