Student profiles

Hannah Osborne, MPhys Physics with Astrophysics, 4th year

When I came for my interview here and had the chance to meet some of the staff in the department, I found how friendly and welcoming everyone was; it was obvious that the lecturers really want you to learn and are happy to help you anytime.

I think the things I find most useful are the tutorials and problems classes, having time every week designated to helping you solve problems that you can’t do as easily and going through topics you don’t understand as well is very beneficial to my studying.

The way physics students all know each other and work so well together is great; group studying is a really nice way to finish assignments and revise. I also really enjoyed having the chance to use the University’s radio telescope for my extended experiment at the end of second year.

I really love getting involved in some of the societies and taking part in activities with them, in particular the Physics society and Space society who often run pub quizzes, bowling nights, and even trips to Paris. Otherwise my friends and I like going to open mic nights and to the campus cinema.

While studying at Exeter I’ve had the chance to be involved with a lot of community outreach, giving talks to school students and visited science fairs to try to engage the public with physics. It’s a really rewarding thing to do and I’ve met so many new people from it.

Studying at Exeter has been the busiest and most exciting time of my life. I’ve achieved so many things and I’m so glad I’m on a four-year course so I can stay here for longer.

Hannah Osborne, MPhys Physics with Astrophysics, 4th year

Sam England, MPhys Physics with Australian Study, 3rd year

I’ve always had a strong interest in science, especially space sciences and so physics was the obvious choice for pursuing a career in that. I chose Australian study because I have wanted to visit the country for many years, as I find the culture and wildlife fascinating.

I really enjoy taking part in the local music scene, whether that be playing gigs as a musician myself, or going to shows of established artists who are on tour through the city. I write for the university’s music magazine, PearShaped, and so I often get press passes to meet the artists too.

I think the most valuable aspect of my degree programme so far would be that I’ve been taught some really interesting and important physics by people who are at the forefront of research in these fields themselves. As for the rest of my degree, I think the life experience of living in Australia for a year will certainly be a highlight.

A particular highlight of the first year was the module ‘Introduction to Astrophysics’. It was also nice to discover I have an equally driven passion for biophysics, a field I had not even heard of before coming here. Just being on such a beautiful campus every day is certainly a top experience too - it’s a beautiful university and city, if you like the look of it when you visit, you’ll love it when you actually live here.

Sam England, MPhys Physics with Australian Study, 3rd year

PhySoc - the Physics Society

PhySoc is the student run society within the department that contribute to the communal environment, running events such as the Summer Ball as well as annual trips abroad.

Project Juno

The aim of Juno is to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.