This week we had a year 10 student visiting us from a local school for some work experience. The student learned a bit about the basics of quantum physics as well, a short introduction to some mathematical ideas, such as complex numbers. The student also had short interviews with staff members about their research, for example:
Like many Universities, Plymouth University runs a sabbatical system, where a staff member can do research at another institution for a year. This allows a staff member to think about new ideas and focus on their research. Typically a staff member might go on a sabbatical once every 7 years, but this also requires obtaining external funding.
For the last year Dr Antonio Rago has been visiting the CERN theory group in Geneva. CERN hosts the large hadron collider (LHC) and is one the main places to experimentally search for new physics. Dr Rago is now back working at Plymouth University.
Last Friday (6th July), Dr Matthew Craven presented some joint work with Dr Jenny Sharp on improving Foundation Year Mathematics student learning. The work was presented at the FYNAC2018 conference at the University of Nottingham, UK.
The work describes some preliminary conclusions from research conducted into partial classroom flipping with Foundation Year Mathematicians at the half-way stage of a two-year project. The conference has been described as the “Friendliest Conference in the UK”.