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Physics postgraduate among top six for research excellence

The best research dissertations produced by postgraduate students in each of Bristol University’s six faculties have been announced. The recipients, selected for the exceptional quality of their research work, have each been awarded a cash prize and a certificate of commendation in recognition of the honour.

Among the prize-winners is Dr James Price, of the School of Physics. Dr Price looked at rare compact elliptical galaxies, which are very small galaxies featuring stars which are packed unusually close together with low luminosity. He was able to show that they shared many characteristics with larger galaxies. Dr Price also looked at 356 bright galaxies in the Coma Cluster, which is the nearest massive cluster of galaxies.