If you want to get a broader understanding of how universities work, have ideas for improvement, and are a good communicator, then you might be interested in becoming a Student Representative.
Student Representatives (or ‘Reps’) gather views from fellow students on various aspects of studies and University life in general. They communicate this feedback to staff members, suggest solutions, and where possible, work together with staff to bring about change.
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.
Are you considering undertaking a PhD following your undergraduate degree? The School of Physics and Astronomy has research opportunities in astronomy, condensed matter, nuclear physics, particle physics experiment & particle physics theory.
The School also offers CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) opportunities with partner institutions. These entail an additional year which centre around the development of technical and transferrable skills, which may include the completion of teaching courses, industrial placements, attendance at workshops and participation in outreach activities. Continue reading “Research on a doctoral training scheme”