April 2015 – The Mystery of the Globulars and the Shape of the Galaxy

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we examined the spring equinox and the seasons. In this issue, we will be discussing some of the oldest stars in our galaxy. The Great Globular Clusters Our […]

Feeling Homesick

I am officially 7 months into my placement and this past month has been an absolute whirlwind for me, but brilliantly so. Firstly, I entered the race for School President of Chemistry and had to juggle campaigning around my work at DuPont Teijin Films (DTF), distance learning for the university and helping a friend out […]

March 2015 – The Spring Equinox and the Seasons

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we explored the constellation of Pisces and the planetary conjunction of Venus and Mars. In this issue, we will be discussing the meaning of the spring equinox and […]

Reality Check

One thing I’ve learned on my year on placement is that, sometimes, not everything works. It could be perfect on paper and in theory but in reality, sometimes it just can’t be done. This isn’t a total shock when you think about it, but previous experiences in the undergraduate teaching labs lead you into almost […]

February 2015 – Pisces and the Conjunction of Venus and Mars

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to bring you a different constellation of focus. Last month, John Weaver wrote his first piece as the new Heavens Above! writer, discussing the constellation Taurus and our stellar visitor, Comet Lovejoy. This time, we focus on the constellation of […]

Up In Flames

As I am on a chemistry placement for my chemistry degree, I feel I should dedicate this blog entry to the chemistry I’m doing this year! DuPont Teijin Films (DTF, the company I’m working for this year) is a company which, unsurprisingly, designs and manufactures film; mainly based on polyethylene terephthalate, for use in all […]

January 2015 – Taurus and the Comet Lovejoy

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to bring you a different constellation of focus. Last month, Claire Davies brought in John Weaver as the new Heavens Above! writer, giving a bit of insight into his experiences with our night time sky. This time, we focus on […]

December 2014 – Heavens Above re-launch!

Heavens Above!   Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website. Each month, we have brought you a different constellation of focus and informed you of a little bit of the astronomy associated with that object. Our author, Claire Davies, is nearing the end of her Astrophysics PhD and, with a heavy heart, […]

Upholding the Student Life

Despite the fact I’m on my industrial placement year and, therefore, should be just going about a standard 9-to-5 (or close to that as I’m on flexi time, which is excellent by the way) at DuPont Teijin Films (DTF). I’m still juggling my placement with an undergraduate student lifestyle, as there are so many students (around […]

Changing Perceptions

Here goes, my first ever blog entry! I’m a fourth year undergraduate chemistry student at the University of St Andrews, and this year I’m on my industrial placement year working for a company called DuPont Teijin Films (DTF: https://www.dupontteijinfilms.com/). DTF has its main Research and Development (R&D) centre at a site by Wilton, in North-East […]

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