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.


‘I Wish I Had Known Earlier’

Student-led Online Learning: Call for Proposals

Deadline Extended to August 29th

GRADnet is launching a scheme in which postgraduate researchers will create online learning modules to share their knowledge and experience with peers in earlier years.  We invite you to participate in this.

Proposals can be to support the development of either technical skills (for example, theoretical methods and tools, or practical physics know-how and skills) or more transferable/genetic skills (for example, Managing your Time, or Presenting at Conferences).  Although we have provided these examples of the type of skills, we expect that you will have a much better idea from experience of the precise skills that you wished you had had or had difficulty getting help to develop. You will now, on reflection, have a good idea about how those could have helped you in your early study.

The proposal should identify the topic, provide an outline of what a module needs to cover and what learning it is intended to deliver. If selected, you will receive special training in Autumn to learn techniques necessary to develop high quality virtual learning material (another skill to add to your portfolio).  You will also receive a £1,000 bursary for each online module you create, maximum of three modules per person.  This is an excellent opportunity to develop your teaching skills and experience for your CV.

Details on how to submit proposals by August 29 2014 are here.

Please logon to the SEPnet VRE for more information.

The WISE Awards 2014

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

Connecting Industry and Researchers in Physics


A SEPnet networking evening for SMEs, Physics Postgraduate Researchers and Academics
Tuesday 2 September 2014 17.00-20.00
Queen Mary University of London

The South East Physics Network’s Graduate Network (GRADnet) is organising a networking evening to facilitate greater collaboration and links between industry and physics PGRs and academics.

This event will help PGRs to network with employers from a range of physics-related industries, talk about their research and explore business ideas, placements and mentoring opportunities; enable SMEs to meet students and academics to find out about their research and explore ideas for joint working and facilitate links between academics and industry to support impact work.

The evening will include speed networking to optimise knowledge exchange ; an industry panel to generate ideas and debate; launch of a mentoring scheme to develop employer-student relationships and a networking workshop for PGRs at 16.00

One of a series of regional GRADnet events. This event is aimed at physics PGRs and academics at Queen Mary, University of London, University of Kent and University of Sussex, SMEs and regional employers.

Supported by Institute of Physics

To register for a free place, click on the following link http://bit.ly/1qUYxqS

For enquiries, contact employerengagement@sepnet.ac.uk

Tec 66 Vacuum & Photonics Conference

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 jimchristy@hbol.co.uk.

Visit www.tec66.co.uk for further information.

SEPnet Graduate Network Inaugural Summer School

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/

GRADnet launches Virtual Research Environment

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

SEPnet Public Engagement Awards

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

Newcomer Award
Winner: Benjamin Williams, University of Oxford
Highly Commended: Sophia Goldberg, Queen Mary University of London
Highly Commended: Michael Hodgson

Achievement Award
Winner: Malcolm Coe, University of Southampton

Industrial Applications of Astrophysics/Astronomy

Wednesday 25 June 9.00 – 16.30, University of Portsmouth

Industrial Applications of Astrophysics - STFC Knowledge Exchange Workshop - 25 June 2014, Portsmouth - NAM2014 Parallel Session

This event is aimed at industry, astrophysicist and technology transfer professionals to understand what technologies there are in the area and associated industry for collaborative R&D and commercialisation. Please feel free to circulate this to your colleagues or industry who you think might be interested in this workshop. The topics include:

DiRAC- e-Infrastructure service for industry and public sector; HPC-collaboration with industry on future computing platform; Extreme data exploration; Space weather- quantitative warnings to help industry (electronics, power and space communication industries); Astrophysics in finance - systematic investment strategies; From solar flares to predicting patient deterioration; South East Physics network (SEPnet) Employer Engagement Programme; £1.5M available from STFC External innovations funding schemes to help commercialise STFC funded research

The workshop will further highlight funding opportunities to support KE relationships around astrophysics/astronomy R&D and industrial applications. This workshop is free to attend to all participants registered on the STFC website below. In addition there is an opportunity to attend freely NAM’s plenary talks scheduled for the day, which are also included in our programme, please see attached details.

This is promising to be a very informative day and if you are interested please register via link given here: Registration

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.

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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