Particle Physics Master Class at Plymouth University

For the first time the theoretical physics group at Plymouth University is organizing a Particle Physics Master Class. Students at local schools we will be able to visit us for a day to work on experimental data from the experiments at the LHC. At the end of the day, the students will  discuss their results via a video conference with physicists working on the experiments at CERN.

The event will be held on Wednesday 5th April 2017. There are more details at the local web page for the event.

 

Profile of recent graduate in mathematics and statistics at the University of Plymouth

A recent graduate, Valerie Millar,  from our School, has recently started a Masters in Statistics with Applications to Medicine  at Southampton University. You can read her profile here, which also includes an overview of her time studying at Plymouth University. Valerie also stresses the importance of the placement year at GlaxoSmithKline to her studies and her career.

Exchange year opportunities

Every year we have a few students from other EU countries, who come to Plymouth University to study some of the modules in our degrees in Mathematics. For example, there are schemes such as the Erasmus Exchange, which allow students to study in different Universities in the EU . Next month, there is  a meeting to explain the options for our students to study some modules at other Universities in the EU. See the poster below.

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Building a cluster

My office is cluttered with computer components. I am teaching with Dr. Antonio Rago a course called “Mathematical Programming” for second year students on our degree: Mathematics with High Performance Computing.

We teach the students using a language called python. In the first third of the course we use the trinket system.

As part of the module Dr. Rago is teaching the students to build a 8 node cluster and the basics of system administration of a linux system. The small computers in the box will be cabled together to form the cluster. It is essential to getting high performance out of parallel computer to understand some of the hardware issues.

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Talk at a conference on on good practice in teaching in mathematics

Dr David Graham recently presented a talk at the CETL-MSOR Conference 2016 at Loughborough University. The aim of the conference was to promote, explore and disseminate emerging good practice and research findings in Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (MSOR) teaching, learning, assessment and support.

The title of the talk was:  Immersion: Therapy?
The talk was about the student views on the new immersive module in the first year. The module is first one taken by the students. It is called “Mathematical Reasoning”. The module is immersive in the sense that the students only take this module for the first four weeks of the first semester.