It was the university’s postgraduate festival on Tuesday 16th May. This is a really nice event that sadly didn’t exist when I was doing my PhD, and it seemed to be appreciated by students from across the faculties and campuses. It was also a great opportunity to explore the impressive atrium and events space of the new Sibson Building, a mere stone’s throw from the Photonics Centre. A while back I had volunteered to sit on the alumni panel, sharing experiences of life after postgraduate study at Kent, alongside others who had gone on to work in industry and the third sector. We had a good attendance for the panel, with lots of thoughtful questions from the audience, and hopefully some of the students found it useful for their career
The festival was also a great chance to see some snapshots of student research from around the University, particularly the humanities and social sciences work which we don’t always come into contact with. We had a big showing from the Applied Optics Group (AOG), including a great poster from visiting student Miroslav Duriš, who I have been co-supervising, presenting some of his work on multimode fibre imaging. Finally, congratulations to AOG member Magalie Bondu who won the three-minute teaser competition, and will now be competing in the national competition.