The Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) in the School of Mathematics and Physics hosted a very successful Winter School in January, attended by graduate students from the UK, Ireland, Mexico, Japan and a number of other countries.
The School was run by Professor Gary Ferland, a world-leading authority on astrophysical plasma modelling and creator of the Cloudy code. Professor Ferland is a faculty staff member at the University of Kentucky, but is working in ARC for a 1-year period funded by a prestigious Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship. The major purpose of the Fellowship is to undertake a research project in collaboration with Professor Francis Keenan, a member of ARC and also Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s. However the Fellowship also provides the holder with the opportunity to undertake some research-led teaching. Professor Ferland runs an annual Summer School in Kentucky on the Cloudy code, and used his presence at Queen’s to run the School here in Summer 2014, the first time it had been held outside the USA. This was so successful it was decided to run it again in January 2015.