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 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!
We have had a influx of a large number of new group members – 4 new undergraduate project students, 2 BCFN short-term students Andrea and Marco, as well as Veronica from Mexico as a new PhD student in the group! Welcome to everyone!
Emily, Jack, Robert and Alex!
Andrea, Marco and Veronica!
This informal group photo was taken when celebrating Charl’s birthday recently!
The group helped, as usual, to make new international students feel welcome and at home in Bristol – by cooking an evening meal for them at BISC (Bristol International Student Centre)! This year we enjoyed using the new extension at BISC, and served 160 meals (choice of 5 mains, and two puddings, with salad, of course) with great ease!
Well done to the cooking team! Thanks also to Jack, who spent several summers in the lab, who came long to help as well!
Rita Fan, who works in the University of Bristol’s China office (In Beijing), visited the School of Chemistry this week.
Horatio and Xiaoyu showed her around our facilities – with a stop for a photo-opportunity in the teaching labs (with Charl)! Rita enjoyed wearing a white lab coat for the first time!
Bella spent the week with the Faul Research Group as part of her work experience. It was great to have her, and we certainly enjoyed the fabulous cakes she brought to say thank you!
She also made some very colourful crystals, with some of the photos sure to turn up on the Faul Research Group website! Thanks Bella!
Liam was joint winner of the recent Inorganic and Materials Section’s Final Year PhD talks! Here Liam is pictured with the two judges, Robin and Sean, and the other (joint) winner, Nicolette.
Well done Liam!