It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog so I guess it’s time for a catch up on what I’ve been up to. I was bogged down with finishing project work as term drew to a close so a quick visit home was on the cards almost immediately. I returned to Leicester soon after Easter since I’ve always been more productive when working in the library but also because I had several things to do. The first was a visit to Bristol to attend the ACCIS Doctoral Training Centre Conference 2012. Next year, assuming I get the grades, I’ll be moving to Bristol to pursue a 4 year PhD course in advanced composite materials. I visited the centre previously in February for an interview and a chance to look around but attending the conference allowed me to ‘network’ with several of the industrial collaborators as well as the current cohort which were showcasing there work. It’s a weird feeling coming to the end of my time here at Leicester and moving onto another 4 years elsewhere. When you reach the final year it’s important to start applying for jobs/PhDs almost straight away when you graduate but most won’t be confirmed until February/March depending on the interview process. I’ve had several friends start confirming jobs that were applied for in November/December.
Aside from this I was also recently involved in working as a mentor at a ‘Rockets and Robots’ summer school at university. It is a residential summer school for children in year 10 with the ability to pursue further education but coming from somewhat disadvantaged backgrounds in the Leicestershire area. It involved a day in engineering building a robot and a day in physics building a robot as well as attending various taster sessions. In engineering one of the sessions involved using x-ray computer tomography to defuse a ‘bomb’ by determining the correct key/combination for a lock and the correct connections to make on a circuit board to light green LEDs as opposed to red. The day in physics ended with all the children launching their rockets which were mostly recovered. Unfortunately Merv’s Marvellous Machine, a joint effort between the mentors, was last seen heading towards the clouds and lost shortly after. Aside from the weather I very much enjoyed it as it was a good break from project work and revision. Well that’s all from me for now, I better get back to revision and deciding what to do for summer. Don’t forget to keep up with the Formula One as this is promising to be a very exciting season.