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WRIPA Spring Term Review

Posted on 3 April 2018

The spring term has been a busy one for the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy and its partners.

The University of Sheffield hosted a webinar by Pivigo, a science data hub based in London, who gave our students details of careers at Pivigo as well as their S2DS Programme (Science to Data Science) which supports the transition from academia to industry.

The University of Nottingham hosted a webinar by the Grierson Trust who celebrate the best documentary filmmaking from Britain and around the world with the British Documentary Awards. Our students listened to how they could join their mentoring scheme that offers them the support they need towards a successful career in factual programme making.

Here at York, we hosted Tom Walker, a graduate physicist from Lancaster University who is now a Senior Product Technology Scientist at MARS. Tom told us how he uses his knowledge of physics to work on products and process development across a range of brands such as Whiskas and Pedigree. Tom’s presentation was available on YouTube via a live stream. This proved very successful as students from York, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leeds and Hull could watch the talk at their convenience. The talk is also available on the WRIPA YouTube channel for future viewing.

On 7 March, Rolls Royce hosted a site visit in Derby. Six of our students attended who listened to a talk from an engineering fellow; “why Rolls Royce needs physicists”. The talk ran through some of the grand challenges Rolls Royce has from a materials and engineering perspective and which highlighted how a physics degree was incredibly valuable in solving those challenges. The students were then given a tour of the Technology Exhibition that showcases some of the world’s most advanced power systems created by Rolls Royce and explains the technology and innovation behind them.