SUREFest – Final Internship Presentations

SUREFest – Final Internship Presentations

This summer, the School of Physics and Astronomy has hosted 11 interns working as part of the SURE (summer undergraduate research experience) programme.  The SURE programme provides paid opportunities for talented undergraduates to get a flavour of the cutting-edge research being undertaken within the School of Physics and Astronomy. Our students will be presenting their […]

New telescope to be the ‘GOTO’ for gravitational wave events

New telescope to be the ‘GOTO’ for gravitational wave events

Leicester space scientists will contribute to a huge new telescope, made up of identical arrays on opposite sides of the planet, to track down sources of gravitational waves. The Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO) will be deployed across two antipodal locations to fully cover the sky, and will scour our galaxy – and beyond – […]

First Images from James Webb Space Telescope

First Images from James Webb Space Telescope

The first full-colour images from NASA’s largest and most powerful space science telescope will be revealed to the public at an exciting free event at Space Park Leicester. The pioneering Midlands facility has been successful in its bid to the European Space Agency to showcase the first images from the £10 billion James Webb Space […]

National Space Centre: Planetary Science at Space Lates

National Space Centre: Planetary Science at Space Lates

Join Dr Henrik Melin (STFC James Webb Fellow) from University of Leicester, for this Space Lates at the National Space Centre on July 22nd. The National Space Centre is heading to the planets, with guests talking about past, current and future missions to some of our closest neighbours in the Solar System, and some a […]

New Results in X-Ray Astronomy: Looking ahead to Athena

New Results in X-Ray Astronomy: Looking ahead to Athena

During May 2022, the School of Physics & Astronomy hosted two back-to-back meetings in high-energy astrophysics. Both meetings were entirely face-to-face; for many of us, this was our first opportunity to meet with colleagues outside of our own University since lockdown in 2020. On Thursday, May 26th, we ran the “New Results in X-ray Astronomy” […]

Diversity Session at the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) is celebrating its centenary in 2022/23, and Dr. Gillian Butcher (IUPAP Vice President at Large) is organising a session on diversity. As part of the IUPAP celebrations, a centenary symposium is being held in Trieste, 11th-13th July 2022. The symposium is available to attend online (no registration […]

Leicester scientist helps fine-tune space telescope 1.5million km from home

Leicester scientist helps fine-tune space telescope 1.5million km from home

One of the Leicester space scientists who will make observations with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has travelled to the USA to help open the observatory’s ‘eyes’ to the universe. Dr Tuomo Tikkanen, of the University of Leicester’s School of Physics and Astronomy and Space Park Leicester, is co-investigator (co-I) with Leicester colleague Dr John […]

Fellowships in Physics and Astronomy at Leicester 2022

Fellowships in Physics and Astronomy at Leicester 2022

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester welcomes applicants for independent research fellowships to be hosted here at the School. We welcome enquires from internal and external candidates to join the team in the School of Physics and Astronomy, working to attract prestigious national fellowships for independent research. We can offer […]

Alumni Association Graduating Student of the Year Award:  Megan Perks

Alumni Association Graduating Student of the Year Award: Megan Perks

Congratulations to Megan Perks, of the School of Physics and Astronomy, for winning the Leicester Alumni Association ‘Graduating Student of the Year Award.’ Megan is a final-year student studying for an MPhys Physics with Space Science (2022). The citation celebrating Megan’s achievement noted the following: Co-President of the University astronomical society – Astrosoc: In this […]

Arctic rocket launch could uncover unique features of Earth’s life-sustaining atmosphere

Arctic rocket launch could uncover unique features of Earth’s life-sustaining atmosphere

A Leicester expert in space weather has helped launch a NASA mission from deep within the Arctic Circle which could uncover unique features of our atmosphere that enable life on Earth. Dr Suzie Imber, Associate Professor in Space Physics at the University of Leicester, is part of a British Antarctic Survey (BAS) team working from […]

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