Meeting Xiaoyu in Beijing!

Charl and Xiaoyu (former BCFN MSc student who worked in the FRG) met up in Beijing at the recent Alumni meeting. This was the second time they met up (Xiaoyu also came to visit Charl at Tsinghua).

Xiaoyu is doing well, working for a battery R&D company, whilst also exploring further opportunities. In addition to these more formal meeting, Charl, Xiaoyu, Jennifer and other friends from BISC met up for dinner! Great to catch up!

 

Charl and Yuanlei meet in … Shanghai!

Yuanlei and Charl met up at the UoB’s China graduation ceremony, held, for the first time, in Shanghai! It was great to catch up with Yuanlei, who helped at the ceremony as volunteer.¬†Yuanlei was also responsible for a for a great video of the event, which will be made public very soon!

It was a fantastic afternoon and a great privilege to share in the day with many UoB graduates and their families!

Well done and congratulations to those we graduated!

Friends and visitors, and new group members!

We have had the privilege to have had both Wei and Ben (former PhD students) visiting during the last week! Was great to have both of them here, at the same time!

A new postdoc, Pan, also joined the group in the last week! Pan, who did his PhD at the National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology in Beijing (with Prof Bao-Hang Han), was awarded a Newton International Fellowship for 2 years! Welcome Pan!

 

Busy Christmas season!

The busy Christmas season has kicked off with a first “Mince Pie Mixer” of all of Charl’s undergraduate personal tutees and the whole Faul Research Group. This was a great event to get to know each other better, but also to exchange some tips around potential routes to further studies and employment.

This event was followed earlier this week by the FRG’s Christmas Party. It was, for the first time since Charl and Jacqueline’s arrival in Bristol, not held at their home, but at the very nice Grupo Lounge in Westbury-on-Trym! The food was great, Secret Santa presents exchanged, and generally a fantastic evening!

Veronica formally welcomed as PhD student

Veronica was formally welcomed to the University of Bristol, with all other new PhD students from across all faculties, by Prof Hugh Brady, President and Vice-Chancellor.All new PhD students received a Bristol scarf as part of this event in the Great Hall in the Wills Memorial Building – as can be seen on the photo taken at the event!