2016/17

MAC80x: Foundation Mathematics – teaching workshop sessions for foundation year mathematics and physics students covering the A-level maths syllabus in one academic year.

AA1051: Introduction to Astronomy (on campus) – a year-long broad overview of modern astrophysics for beginners to the subject.  Covers the essential physics background, measurements and coordinate systems used in astronomy, telescopes and observing conditions, stellar structure, the HR diagram and stellar evolution, the distance ladder, galaxies, and simple cosmology.

AP2060: Physics Laboratory – running a series of astronomy experiments in the second year laboratory, on topics such as binary stars, analysing CCDs, eight-week open-ended group research projects, and including evening observing sessions at UCLan’s Observatory at Alston.

AA3050: DL astronomy dissertation – supervising distance learning students working their final dissertations at the end of their path through the UCLan distance learning degree in astronomy. My student in 2016/17 worked on observing strategies for small radio telescopes.

AP3950: Third year physics/astronomy project – supervising students working on their BSc major research project.  My two students in 2016/7 worked on radio observations of galaxies, learning how to use CASA to make images and spectral line data cubes, and to analyse their results to find a spectral index and HI content for the objects.

MSc by research – co-supervised an MSc by research student, working on the e-MERLIN Pebbles survey, learning the techniques of radio interferometry and hunting for evidence of a planet-forming disk around the young star DG Tau.