I started my PhD knowing what a fulfilling place Sheffield is to study in
Following on from studying my undergraduate mathematics degree at the University of Sheffield, I started my PhD knowing what a fulfilling place Sheffield is to study.
I have always appreciated Sheffield’s proximity to the beautiful Peak District National Park, where I spend my weekends rock climbing, fell running, and hiking. The combination of strong research opportunities and the relaxing outdoor lifestyle is largely what drew me to live here.
A highlight of my PhD has been presenting my work at the European Solar Physics Meeting in Budapest
My PhD is in an area of applied maths known as magneto-hydrodynamics; it describes how fluids that conduct electricity move, and is the mathematical language we use to understand the eruptive and evolving plasma on the Sun. I enjoy being able to use interesting mathematics to understand something we see every day, but know surprisingly little about.
A highlight of my PhD has been presenting my work at the European Solar Physics Meeting in Budapest, followed by a unique conference dinner on a boat on the River Danube.
Sheffield has rich opportunities for public outreach of your research. I talked about the surprisingly high risk that large solar ejections will cause significant damage to the UK power grid, in a pub, to people that were more interested in my research than many researchers I meet at conferences!
I have been impressed by the financial scholarships on offer for postgraduate study at the University of Sheffield and I am fortunate to receive funding from the University Prize Scholarship. This, combined with the cheap living costs, outdoor lifestyle, and enthusiastic community, make Sheffield an ideal place for graduate study.
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