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Claire Rocks from Salford Physics

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Claire Rocks


What did you enjoy about being at Salford University?

I enjoyed the campus university feel but so close to the city. There was also a high level of camaraderie within the physics department, which made it feel very friendly.

What one piece of advice would you give to new students?

Get involved with lots of things in the department – lots of doors open to you at university, and just attending the lectures and doing the assignments might mean you don't get as much out of your time at university as you might otherwise.

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What have you been doing since you graduated?

I studied for 4 years at Aberystwyth for a PhD in Space Robotics, which included contributing to the Beagle 2 mission. In May 2007, I was awarded my PhD in 'An Artificial Circadian Rhythm Model for Space Robot Activity Coordination with a Local Day/Night Cycle'.

Since 2003, I have been a role model for the New Outlooks in Science and Engineering (NOISE) program funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council. The aim of this project is to raise awareness of science and engineering by providing expert role models – as part of that I competed in two scrapheap challenge roadshows.

In March 2007, I was invited (along with other NOISE role models) to attend a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street – in recognition of the contribution of young scientists and engineers to the future of the UK.

For the past 2 years, I have worked at the University of the West of England as coordinator of the 'Walking with Robots' Network.

'Walking with Robots' is a 3-year programme of events and activities designed to help researchers engage audiences with current robotics research. The network consists of leading robotics researchers – currently representing 12 Higher Education Institutes, as well as experts in engaging the public with science and engineering. Together, we form a network that exists to support roboticists in taking their work to the public – by providing infrastructure, support, training, resources and advice.


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