I think I may be slightly different to your standard physics student, it isn’t the ‘unknowns’ and the ‘unanswered questions’ about physics that really excite me, it’s actually the fundamental ‘knowns’!
The opportunities I have had at Southampton to start and run societies, along with public engagement activities, have afforded me the skills to make my ambitions seem attainable.
I would definitely recommend Southampton to any prospective students as the available facilities, the knowledge of staff, coupled with the student facilities onsite, make for a great atmosphere where there is always something happening.
Southampton is, and has been, perfect for me since I moved here in 2011.
I did a lot of optics demonstrations working as an outreach demonstrator with the travelling The Light Express laser show, which performs shows for GCSE students.
Tom Jefferson Brain
As I am nearing the end of my PhD I am looking for jobs outside of physics, but the opportunities I have had through my teaching scholarship and the wide range of skills I have been able to develop through the course of my PhD will be very useful.
The structure of the PhD allows for more than just your project, with the chance to be involved in outreach/demonstrating as well as having regular seminars and lectures which allow you to learn more about astronomy in general.
The access to expertise in my research area (astronomy) is truly first class here at Southampton.