How bang on is The Big Bang Theory?

Harry Wilcox is a physics graduate studying a PhD* at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth and a massive fan of the Channel 4 show.

*PhD = Doctor of Philosophy sometimes called a doctorate. It’s the highest level of degree you can achieve and allows you to put Dr in front of your name.

Do you watch The Big Bang Theory?
I have probably seen every episode several times. I went through a phase of watching an hour a day
for months.

Tell us about the show…
It’s got a science theme, especially physics and the characters talk and joke about scientific theories. The main male characters all work at a university. Sheldon and Leonard are physicists and Howard is an engineer, so he builds things. Sheldon often makes fun of Howard for not having a PhD. Raj is an astrophysicist and so are lots of people who work with me at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation.


Get hands on – Skill UP with work experience

By Katie Holloway

I’m from the Isle of Wight and studied marketing at university. When most people hear the words ‘work experience’ they picture themselves in a dull office doing the tedious tea run or not so fun filing. Although this may be the case some of the time, putting up with these tasks can lead to some fantastic opportunities and you’ll have a great time along the way.


The best job in the world

Ever wondered what the best job in the world would be? For Ben Southall from Petersfield, it was ‘Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef’ in Australia. He beat 35,000 other hopefuls from around the globe to win the ‘Best Job in the World’ competition in 2009.

What was it like? It was one of the best periods of my life. The sheer number of new experiences, from diving with sharks and skydiving to sailing on mega-yachts, meant that it really was simply the Best Job!

Why did you apply?  When the advert came out I’d just got home from driving round the entire continent of Africa. During that time I climbed five mountains and ran five marathons, as well as rode an ostrich, crossed the Sahara and lived with a Masai tribe. This gave me an incredible collection of photos and videos which I shared on my website.


Life in a girl band

Stooshe’s Alex Buggs studied a marketing degree at the University of Portsmouth, graduating in 2011. She took some time out to tell UP for Uni how her life has changed since being in the band.

What’s it like?
Lucky for us we don’t really have any disagreements and get on well. We are basically sisters who know each other inside out. Being in the girl band is the best thing I’ve ever done.

What do you love most and like least about what you do?
I love the fact that I’m living my dream and doing it with my two best friends, but I miss my family a lot.

How have you got used to being in the public eye?
As there are three of us, it’s a lot easier as we are all going through the same experience. But it’s been fun and positive, so, at the moment, we love it.

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The Great Outdoors

Love being outside? Passionate about the environment? Find out about becoming a
Youth Ranger.
Anyone between the ages of 14 and 17 can join the Youth Rangers at
Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield and become actively involved in
conservation. Amy Peach is studying Geology at university and was a Youth Ranger for a few