‘Sanduleak 69’ shine bright during the Modern Physics quiz

Winning team during pub quiz

There was fierce competition during the third annual mid-semester pub quiz held for students studying the year 2 Modern Physics course. The 12 teams battled it out with questions on physics, astronomy, general knowledge and movies, as well as a fun picture round.

Well done to all the competing teams, and congratulations to the winning team ‘Sanduleak 69’, who were presented with chocolates, wine and a winner’s certificate.

So, let’s see how you get on:

Physics: Particles moving in a medium faster than the local speed of light emit what?

Astronomy: What did Didier Queloz and Michel Mayer discover in 1995 that led to their Nobel Prize this week?

Movies: Draw the rebel alliance logo.

General knowledge: What is the national animal of Scotland?

Did someone say haggis…..?

Edinburgh Award recipients honoured in recognition for their extra-curricular activities

From left to right: Dr. Jean-Christophe Denis (Physics Outreach Team Leader), Harry Carstairs (Physics Outreach Team), Cameron Johnston (Physics Outreach Team,) Frederik Madsen (Maths Buddies), Simona Prokopovic (Maths Buddies), Matthew Parkes (Physics Outreach Team)

Photo: Dr JC Denis, Ogden Outreach Officer with some of our student award recipients


Well done to the 15 School of Physics and Astronomy Students who received an Edinburgh Award at a ceremony in April.

The Edinburgh Award

The Edinburgh Award recognises the non-academic University activities, such as volunteering work, community activities or part time work, which some students take part in. The Award encourages students to reflect on and develop the skills gained through taking part in such activities.  One of the important aspects of the Award is the opportunity for students to articulate what they have gained from such activities – a skill which will be of advantage when communicating with potential employers. Continue reading “Edinburgh Award recipients honoured in recognition for their extra-curricular activities”

Prizes, presentations and showcasing undergraduate student research

Some of our project winners.

Photo: some of our Senior Honours and MPhys student prize winners.


One component of our undergraduate degrees is to enable students to cultivate the experimental design, project management, technical and presentation skills which are needed to work successfully in a physics-based research environment.  This is achieved primarily through the Senior Honours and MPhys Projects.

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