Edinburgh teams storm PLANCKS Preliminaries

Edinburgh team at PLANCKS competition

Photo: University of Edinburgh teams at the PLANCKS Preliminaries


Congratulations to Christos, Ethan, Mike and Matthaios who made first place in the PLANCKS UK preliminaries, and to the University of Edinburgh teams who made it to places 4, 6, 8 and 10 out of 19 teams!

Christos, Ethan, Mike and Matthaios now have the opportunity to participate in the international final which takes place in Denmark in May as members of the UK delegation, alongside teams from Kent and Oxford.

The competition, with a four hour exam, was held at the new headquarters of the IOP at King’s Cross in London. The School of Physics and Astronomy fielded a strong contingent to the competition. Although the exam was viewed as much tougher than in previous years, 5 of the teams in the upper half were from Edinburgh!

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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”

Silver medal success

Silver medal student team

Photo: Jacob Kemprud, Matt Chouzouris and Bowei Zhang


The University Physics Competition is an international contest for undergraduate students, who work in teams of three and spend a weekend in November analysing a real-world scenario using the principles of physics and writing a formal paper describing their work.

Congratulations to year 2 students Jacob Kemprud, Matt Chouzouris and Bowei Zhang who achieved a silver medal in the competition.  Out of approximately 300 teams, this trio were ranked in the top 18% – which is an excellent achievement!

Their task involved analysing a spacecraft’s dynamics during acceleration in the problem ‘Sending a Light Sail Propelled Nanocraft to Alpha Centauri’.

University Physics Competition:  http://www.uphysicsc.com/home.html