We are PhysSoc - The University of Nottingham's Physics society. We're one of the largest and most active societies at UoN and the biggest and most active Physics society in the UK. We aim to make sure your time here in Nottingham is the best it can possibly be by running a huge range of events, trips (local and international), skills sessions, socials, sports teams, telescope training sessions, public outreach, careers & employability events, and more.
You can see what we've got coming up and what we did last year here.
To keep up to date with eveything PhysSoc you can follow our social media pages or contact us here:
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/NottinghamPhysSoc
Email: OS-PhysSoc@nottingham.ac.uk (or find separate committee member email addresses here)
Twitter @PhysSocNotts: www.twitter.com/PhysSocNotts
Instagram @physsoc: www.instagram.com/physsoc
Snapchat @physsoc: www.snapchat.com/add/physsoc
or use our snapcode!
We also run Facebook groups for the different years of study, where we post about events relevant to you, and you can post to discuss course (or other) matters with your peers. Please join yours below.
First year group
Second year group
Third year group
Fourth year group
A wide range of socials will take place this year to give you a chance to get away from your studies and relax with your fellow physicists. From bar crawls to boat parties, films nights to club nights, a trip to a big indoor play area with the year ending on a whole department end of term BBQ, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
See our list of current and previous events here.
More info about all events can be found on the PhysSoc Nottingham facebook page.
PhysSoc will give you the opportunity to visit some of the most interesting physics projects and facilities around the world.
Every year we run a 'weekend break' trip in December (previous destinations include: Berlin, Amsterdam, Prague). This year we will once again be going to Berlin, alongside ChemSoc. For the Facebook event page, in order to keep up with ticket sales and info, click here.
We will also be continuing to run our award winning annual 3-day trip to CERN in Geneva in June. During the CERN trip we will spend one day spent visiting one of the most talked about places in the world of physics and another day looking around one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
PhysSoc are also planning a number of day and weekend trips throughout the year. If you have any ideas, let us know!
Sport has been one of the society’s greatest successes in recent years and we hope this year won’t be any different. We will be running football, hockey, netball and rugby again as they have proved to be hugely popular among our members in the past years. If none of those sports take your fancy, feel free to suggest to the committee any sports you’d like to see the society do and we will try and generate enough interest in order to start up a team. Everyone is welcome to join us regardless of their level of interest and ability. To find out more about sports check out our sports facebook page, here.
If you have always been a keen star gazer or you would like to learn more about astronomy then PhysSoc is here to help. We will be organising a number of events throughout the year where we will be observing astronomical events with the naked eye or with the School of Physics telescope. We will be providing details on how members can be trained in using the telescope to use in their own time soon here, and on our Facebook page, so keep an eye out!
Also, if you're particularly keen on telescopes, our Astro Sec position is currently open. FInd out more here.
A number of lecturers from the School of Physics and outside speakers will be giving a variety of talks throughout the year on a wide range of physics topics and how they became involved in the work they do. As an added bonus, we always provide free refreshments after the lecture, and a chance to talk to the lecturer.
They run from 5:00pm to about 5:50pm, on occasional Thursdays, and are mandatory for all first year Physics students (though everybody is welcome!).
The masterclasses up until Christmas are as follows:
Thursday 27th Sept: The Mystery of Quantum Gravity, by Professor Tony Padilla
Thursday 11th October: Research-Off, by various Nottingham researchers
Thursday 1st November: Deep Learning in Astronomy, by Dr Adam Moss
Thursday 15th November: Quantum Technologies, by Professor Mark Fromhold