Here is a list of things that I think anyone studying physics at the University of Leicester should try do at some point in their degree.
- Go to one of the pub quiz nights. These are great fun and a good way to make friends during freshers. There are normally a couple of these during freshers fortnight and a few more dotted throughout the year. Pub quizzes are fun whether you drink or not. Initially I didn’t think there were many events for people that don’t drink, but recently there have been more and more non-drinking events organised.
- Go abroad! Physoc (the physics society) organises a trip each year somewhere abroad, for example in my first year I went to Geneva in Switzerland. During our stay there we explored the city, went up a mountain in a cable car, and visited CERN. I wrote more about this in a previous blog that you can see here.
- Talk to professor who were involved in important discoveries. you are in a rare position at university; you have the opportunity to talk to people doing world class research. If a discovery happens which you are interested in and you know that one of the professors was involved go talk to them. I talked to Dr Burleigh about the planetary system which was discovered, TRAPPIST-1, I talk about this in this blog. I also went to a lecture conducted by Prof Nial Tanvir and Dr Phil Evans who were, along with several other University of Leicester staff, deeply involved in the GW170817 detection. I talk more about this in this blog.
- Go use the telescopes in Oadby. I particularly recommend this if you are in first year since you most likely live in Oadby and the telescopes are just around the corner. AstRoSoc organises trips to use the two telescopes in Oadby. One is 20 inches and (when the weather permits) you can see things such as Jupiter and its moons in detail which would not be possible with an amateur telescope. This is a rare opportunity to use a state-of-the-art telescope for free.
- Visit the Space Center. This goes without saying really. You are a physics student studying in Leicester… of course you have to visit the space center.
“Understanding is, after all, what science is all about — and science is a great deal more than mindless computation.”