UCLan on Christine’s graduation.

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UCLan reports on  Christine’s success:

Scholar masters her own success

Christine Stokes proves dyslexia is no barrier as she gains First Class in Physics

Years of hard work and commitment have paid off for a First Class student.

Christine Stokes has battled with dyslexia and is now celebrating after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) with a physics degree.

The 26-year-old attended three local colleges where she improved her GCSEs and started an AS in maths and biology. She knew she was intelligent enough to follow her dream of going to University and studied hard to gain the grades needed.

She said: “I did a foundation in science course at Preston College and went on to do a physics degree at UCLan.” Once her dyslexia was diagnosed, Christine received help with her assignments and added: “Before I had found ways of coping. I didn’t know what the…

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Changing the laws of physics research

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UCLan reports on an undergraduate student success:

The ground-breaking research of an undergraduate Applied Physics student has been published in a top scientific journal.

The work of Ludwig Schreier, an Erasmus exchange student, has appeared on the back cover of the March 2009 issue of Soft Matter, a world leading science journal linking the disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology.

In his third year BSc project, Ludwig predicted how nano-scale material structures could be manipulated with the help of an ordinary electric field. The work was undertaken with the help of Marco Pinna, a research student within UCLan’s Computational Physics Group.

Ludwig comments: “I’d heard good things about UCLan from my fellow students at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden (Germany) and so I decided to experience it for myself.”

“I was delighted to take up the opportunity offered through the Erasmus exchange program and have really enjoyed my study…

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IoP 2009 best Computational Physics PhD thesis – in Preston !

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Marco in officeMarco Pinna received the Institute of Physics 2009 prize for the best PhD thesis in Computational Physics !

That is a remarkable achievement for UCLan as the competition was open to all students from an institution in either the UK or Ireland across the entire spectrum of computational physics, and last year, for instance, the prize went to the University of Cambridge !

IoP e-mail says:

“… the Institute of Physics Computational Physics Group Committee have chosen your thesis to be awarded our 2009 annual prize for the work that in our opinion contributes most strongly to the advancement of computational physics.”

See the list of previous recipients here.

Marco’s PhD thesis featured in the IoP newsletter.

Read also UCLan news on Marco’s prize:

Doctoral student awarded for his expertise

Institute of Physics rewards Marco for significant advancement in his field.

A former PhD student from the University…

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