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.


Masterclass for Women in Physics


Wednesday 4 June 2014 9.30-17.00 INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS, 76 Portland Place, London, W1

Physicist, engineer, and television scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock will run a presentation and public speaking master-class hosted by the Institute of Physics, London, on 4 June. The aim is to inspire women in physics, engineering, and other science, to communicate their work, whether marketing themselves, pitching for funding, or engaging with the public.

Details at: http://www.iop.org/about/fundraising/campaign-events/file_63029.pdf

SEPnet Graduate Network Summer School June 2014

Student registration is open until April 18th 2014 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.

Registration is now open for Academic and other staff members across SEPnet for the Summer School. Please register via Eventbrite

SEPnet Public Engagement Awards

SEPnet is pleased to announce their first annual public engagement awards. All researchers and research students in SEPnet departments are invited to support the Awards. There are a number of categories available, including a newcomer award, described here. The attached flyer give more information and all levels of researchers, including research students, are encouraged to take part.

Deadline for nominations is Friday 2nd May 2014 using the form here.

SEPnet Summer Placements 2014

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.

SEPnet 2014 PhD Projects

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

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 summerplacements@sepnet.ac.uk if you have any questions or for further information.

Visit here to see what our students can do!

SEPnet Student Expo 2013

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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