Professor Geoff Nash

Engaging students with research

Name Professor Geoff Nash

Professor of Engineering Physics and Director of Natural Sciences

College College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences

Student research conference

As the Director of Natural Sciences, Geoff has played an active role in defining this relatively new programme for the University. Consequently, Geoff shaped the “Frontiers in Science” module, which encourages students to lead their own research projects in small groups, from which they present their findings at the Natural Sciences student research conference. Geoff also sits on Tim Quine’s working group for Research Inspired Inquiry-Led Learning.

Interdisciplinary approach

The Natural Sciences programme seeks to provide students with the opportunity to study the Sciences for multiple angles, without being confined to a single traditional discipline, and analyse the similarities and differences between them. The "Frontiers in Science" module allows students to explore Biology, Chemistry, Physical, Computer Science and Mathematics, and tailor their studies to their own interests.

Aim 3: Research-inspired, inquiry-led learning

To extend the opportunities for students to learn in innovative ways through their own research and inquiry in each year of study

Student research conference

"The best way of learning any subject is by doing it".

Interdisciplinarity in Natural Sciences

“The Universe is not divided into Physics and Chemistry”. 

"Frontiers in Science": What students say

"No science stands alone: everything is interdisciplinary.”

"Frontiers in Science": What students say

"The Universe doesn’t categorise itself: we’re categorising it".

For more information about the "Frontiers in Science" student research projects, please visit Emily Bate's student attributes case study.