Taking the leap – reflections from a mature student

Michael Marshall

There are challenges and opportunities for all students, but what are some of the difficulties and potential gains faced by mature students?

Michael Marshall started studying after a 30 year career and raising a family.  He has recently completed an MSc in Theoretical Physics and is currently undertaking a PhD in Theoretical Physics.


Why did you chose to study the MSc in Theoretical Physics?

I completed my undergraduate degree while working full time. Towards the end of my degree I realised that to embark on a new career in physics I would need a PhD, and the obvious first step was to undertake an MSc. My undergraduate tutors recommended the University of Edinburgh’s Higgs Centre as one of the best places to study theoretical physics.

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Working to create an open and inclusive environment for all

Human faces

We all live with unconscious biases and constrictive societal norms.  The School’s Equality and Diversity Committee meet monthly to discuss these and other such issues regarding Equality and Diversity, and are actively fighting against such biases to create an open and inclusive environment for all of our staff and students.


Gloria Hamlyn and Ozioma Kamalu are the School’s undergraduate representatives on the Equality and Diversity Committee. “We both joined because we feel that there is a long way to go before physics sees true equality, and we want to further the progress in any way we can. Since its beginning, science has been a collaborative effort and we feel that without every voice represented, the whole scientific effort is weakened.” Continue reading “Working to create an open and inclusive environment for all”

Diversity in physics is a multifaceted challenge

Sarah-Jane Lonsdale

Photo: PhD student Sarah-Jane Lonsdale


Many staff and students are keen on sharing their interest in science with the public.  Sarah-Jane Lonsdale has combined this interest while promoting the diversity of those studying and working in science.

“It was my gap year experience at the Royal Institution as a ‘Year in Industry’ student which was the main influence for my science communication and public engagement work.” Continue reading “Diversity in physics is a multifaceted challenge”

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