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A PHYSICS course at the University of Portsmouth which taps into the wisdom of local businesses has won funding worth £30,000.

It is the first physics course in the country where local organisations are involved in designing a curriculum to help students become more employable.

Chris Dewdney, who leads the course in applied physics at the university, said local employers would have an active role in designing modules and would be invited to give guest lectures.

He said: ‘We’ve taken a new approach to laboratory and field physics, going beyond the traditional “set piece experiments” to focus instead on exercises and projects with direct material applications.’

Students will learn about physics as it applies across a variety of sectors including the environment, healthcare and the space and defence industries.

The university has already contacted several businesses including Portsmouth Hospitals Medical Physics and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.