Quick post just to relay a status from my son's Facebook page...
"...Has just officially accepted a funded PhD studentship at the University of Leicester"
*Huge parent grin*
He has worked so hard for this from the moment he changed his plans in the middle of A levels and decided that he wanted to do Physics at uni. A foundation year was needed to get him onto an undergraduate Physics degree - he was top of the year. He then switched to an undergraduate masters in Space Science with Physics which he is only a few weeks away from completing and is expecting a first class honours - again having worked extremely hard. So 5 years hard work the last 6 months in the high Arctic as regular readers will know and now this a great PhD opportunity - studying the magnetosphere of Saturn he tells me... good luck with that!
I'm so pleased for him - he is on course for his ambition to be Dr Son-of-Furtheron.