On Tuesday 19th March, a group of Loreto Physics students took part in the Institute of Physics Young Lecturer Competition at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The evening comprised of two sections, a poster competition and a series of short lectures based on any area of Physics. The entrants ranged from GCSE students up to postgraduate level and students arrived from as far as Leicester to compete.

The aim of the event was to provide an atmosphere of friendly competition in which to improve the presentation skills of young lecturers as well as enthral, entertain and educate all those with an interest in Physics.

The standard of competition was incredibly high. We were treated to six captivating lectures ranging in topics from acoustics to gravitational waves and warp drive. There were four prizes awarded in total and the judges had exceedingly difficult decisions to make.

However, Loreto students managed to take a clean sweep of the college age category! Jamie Priestley was awarded the best under 18 prize for his fantastically detailed poster on the stability of binary star – exo planet systems. Whilst one of our research groups was awarded the under 18 lecture prize for their lecture outlining their unique research in to the chain fountain effect. The group consists of Zarak Abdullah, Sioned Davies, Thomas Entwistle, Tolu Soboyejo, Tejal Wairkar, Muhammad Zafar Kausar.

Huge congratulations to all of our students who entered the completion and especially our winning students. You all did Loreto proud.