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Teaching

Postgraduate

PhD supervision

  • I am considering recruiting a new PhD student

Previous students

Lecture courses

An introduction to scientific programming with Python

I have taught this course for a few years, originally as a standalone course for PhD students in the School of Physics at Nottingham, but now as part of the Midlands Physics Alliance (and hence to students at Nottingham, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Keele and Warwick). It is often also attended by couple of undergrads, postdocs and occasionally professors!

The latest course is October 2018. The course webpage is here.

Undergraduate

Over 2018/19 I am moving into a role as co-leader of First Year.

Lecture courses

2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19:

  • Convenor of the first-year course “Quantitative Physics”
  • Lecturer on the fourth-year course “Research Techniques in Astronomy”
  • Shadow for third-year course “Extreme Astrophysics”

2015/16:

  • Lecturer on the first-year course “Quantitative Physics”
  • Lecturer on the fourth-year course “Research Techniques in Astronomy”
  • Shadow for third-year course “Extreme Astrophysics”

2013/14 and 2014/15:

  • Lecturer on the fourth-year course “Research Techniques in Astronomy”
  • Shadow for third-year course “Extreme Astrophysics”

2012/13:

  • Lecturer on the second-year course “Structure of Galaxies”
  • Shadow for third-year course “Extreme Astrophysics”

Third year projects

I supervise projects using the School’s observatory. I also manage the maintenance and development of this facility, and coordinate the training of general users.

Previous projects

2017/18:

  • Eclipsing binary stars — Harry Lyon & Joe McLoughlin
  • Distances to stellar clusters — Matthew Canham & Dan Hamill

2016/17:

  • Eclipsing binary stars — Harry Foscoe & Thomas Hopkinson
  • Observing minor planets — Joshua Crane & Romain Vandemeulebrouck

2015/16:

  • Eclipsing binary stars — Amélie Tamone & Alfred Holton-Stoppani
  • Distances to stellar clusters — Kieran Smith & Christopher Le Quesne

2014/15:

  • Observing Minor Planets — Emily Stapleton & Ashley Chrimes
  • Measuring distances to stellar clusters — Harry Green & Jack Mosley

2013/14:

  • Observing Minor Planets — Charutha Krishnan & Pierandrea Guarnieri
  • Measuring distances to stellar clusters — Gareth Hardman & Chris Corbett

2012/13:

  • Observing Exoplanet Transits — Avais Kiani & Alim Mustafa
  • Observing Minor Planets — James Lavender & Ross Hart

2011/12:

  • Gathering photons from stars to determine how distant they are — James Cottell & Joe Devine

Fourth year projects

In 2018/19 I am supervising two fourth year projects with a Machine Learning / Computational Neuroscience twist.

Previous projects

2017/18:

  • Hierarchical Bayesian modelling of galaxy scaling relations — Callum Martin-Moore & Ryan Chatha

2016/17:

  • Galaxy kinematics versus Galaxy Zoo morphology — Luke Matthews & Luc Magwood
  • Spiral arms and the localisation of star-formation — Joel Miller

2015/16:

  • Spiral arms and the localisation of star-formation — Nishith Chennakeshava & Harry Green

2014/15:

  • The effect of dust on measurements of galaxy structure — Michael Hillier, Myles Selvey & Luke Todhunter

2012/13:

  • Disk galaxies versus environment — Joshua Greenslade & Alastair Machin

2010/11:

  • Spiral galaxies versus environment — Christopher Rosslowe & Robert Mackay