Interest increases in physics programmes, such as Hintze Foundation-funded Oxford Centre for Astrophysical Surveys

The Independent reports that the number of UK students applying to study for a degree in physics had risen by 40 per cent over four years. The increase is driven by buzz created by blockbuster films such as Gravity, Interstellar and The Theory of Everything, combined with a huge interest in machines such as the Large Hadron Collider at Cern and the Mars Rover.

From The Independent:

Oxford University says it has seen applications for its physics undergraduate degree rise by a third over five years. And a new facility, the Oxford Centre for Astrophysical Surveys, opened last year with the help of a £1.5m grant from the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation, with the aim of funding a team of Oxford research fellows and graduate students hoping to answer the fundamental questions about the universe...

Laura Prichard, the first recipient of a Hintze Foundation grant and an astrophysics PhD student at Oxford, said that although movies may "push the realm of reality", they are inspiring children she speaks to at outreach events, where she aims to encourage more pupils to take up the subject...

"There is a buzz about physics and it's very exciting to be in this field when interest from the general public is increasing," she said.

Read more: "Numbers studying physics rise as blockbuster films, the Hadron Collider and the Mars Rover inspire students" – The Independent