Meet the Bloggers

Naomi Marchant

2nd year BSc Physics

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I’m a second year BSc Physics student. I live at home in North-West London and commute in to uni which I’ve found very easy.

I absolutely love my course and my modules. As a pure physics student I get to learn a variety of subjects but also have the opportunity to pick and choose some modules.

My favourite thing about studying physics at Queen Mary is being part of the Physics department. Everyone is so friendly and supportive which makes it a great atmosphere to work in.

Outside of university, I spend a lot of my time volunteering for a charity dedicated to helping children with life threatening illnesses and am also involved with the Jewish society at Queen Mary.

Honor Elliott

2nd year BSc Physics

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My decision to study physics was quite spontaneous after completing (the wrong) A Levels at college in Stamford and moving to London on my own as an au pair. I applied to a few universities but QM stood out due to its London location and offering a foundation year enabling me onto the Astrophysics BSc without a maths A Level.

I’m now in my second year of the physics course but third year at the university. I lived in halls in my foundation year, then rented on a huge boat in Barking, before buying my own narrowboat to live on in time for my third year, which I cruise around London’s waterways. My life pretty much exclusively revolves around my studies, boats, my dog and riding bikes (the absolute best way to get around London!).

The university awarded me with the Hemera scholarship, consisting of full fees covered and maintenance grants, aimed at prospective students who come from a background not typically associated with going to university. My spirit animal is a proton because I’m always positive.

Ciaran Donelly

1st Year MSc (Euromasters)

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Hi, I’m Ciaran and I’m a first year Theoretical Physics EuroMasters student. The EuroMasters is a 2 year MSc comprised of one taught year and one year of research.

I am predominantly interested in where gravity and quantum mechanics meet (or don’t) and the theories – M-theory for example – which aim to reconcile these pillars of twentieth century physics. More broadly, I am absolutely fascinated by mathematics as a tool to unlock the secrets of the universe.

Having studied for my BSc at Queen Mary, I chose to continue my studies here because, among other things, the School’s research interests correlate strongly with my own and I am confident that the course here will leave me well prepared for a career in research.

During my time at Queen Mary I have also had the opportunity to enjoy many of the experiences that London has to offer; I have been fortunate to attend many exhibitions, plays and concerts that I would not have the chance to elsewhere in the country.

Sehher Tariq

2nd year MSci Astrophysics

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Hello, my name is Sehher Tariq. I am currently in my 2nd year doing the Astrophysics MSci course at Queen Mary. I am originally from a small town near Manchester and had never been to London before coming to Queen Mary, so moving here was a very big step out of my comfort zone. Now, I’m living in East London with my flatmates from halls in the 1st year. This is my second year of being a Physics Student Ambassador and this is my first year of being a PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) mentor. When I’m not studying, I still like to be a tourist and take long walks exploring different parts of London and searching for different things to do, such as going to comedy shows and going to markets.

Jake Pointing

2nd year BSc Astrophysics

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I’m Jake, I’m on the second year of the Astrophysics course at Queen Mary. My favourite aspect of studying physics are the academics, they’re all so enthusiastic and engaged so you feel like you can approach them with questions any time. I’m from London so I’m really glad I could stay here for university; it’s got such an individual atmosphere here I don’t think I could live anywhere else. Outside of Physics, I play both Football and Rugby as well as following American Football, which keeps me occupied when I’m not on campus or doing coursework at home.