National Student Survey Results 2014

Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London is ranked joint 1st in London with an overall student satisfaction rate of 94 per cent, according to the latest results of a nationwide poll of final-year undergraduates.

The 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) questioned UK undergraduates on various aspects of their student experience, including their overall satisfaction.

Students on the BSc Physics programme expressed a satisfaction rate of 100% with their overall experience of physics at Queen Mary with a 90% satisfaction score for teaching.  Our students are amongst the most satisfied in the Russell Group with satisfaction rates in the top quartile for all physics programmes. 

Two new PhD students in CRST

We are very happy to announce that two new PhD students will join our group in the next academic year: Martyna Kostacinska, from Imperial College, and Emanuele Moscato, from the University of Milano Bicocca.

Sculpting String Theory: Queen Mary physicist collaborates with Turner Prize winning artist for new exhibition

Dr David Berman from Queen Mary’s School of Physics and Astronomy researches the hidden symmetries in String Theory, where scientists often discover surprising relationships between different descriptions of space and time.

With its strong focus on symmetry and geometry in nature, Dr Berman’s work naturally appeals to artists. In 2011 he began a collaborative process with British sculptor Professor Grenville Davey, winner of the Turner Prize in 1992, to create Interalia 2014.Running at the CHELSEA space from 23 April – 31 May 2014, the exhibition challenges viewers to explore relationships between pairs, and reflects how people who are unfamiliar with theoretical physics may respond to such an unusual concept.

SPA Colloquium : Showbiz Physics

Alix Pryde

Abstract : You've heard of Medical Physics, Geophysics, Astrophysics... but have you ever thought about the vital role physics plays in showbiz? Alix Pryde is the BBC's Director of Distribution. She also has a PhD in solid state physics, completed under the supervision of QML's Professor Martin Dove. She'll talk about her career journey from crystals to crystal sets and their modern equivalents. And as a working mother of two, she'll also share her thoughts on balancing career and family.

Speaker: Alix Pryde

Venue: Friday March 7, 4.00 p.m : David Sizer Lecture Theatre.

Reception : The talk will be followed by drinks and snacks. All members of QML (faculty, students, staff) are invited. 

The National Student Survey

The National Student Survey

The National Student Survey 2014 (NSS), of final year undergraduate students, officially opens at QM on Monday 13 January 2014 and closes on Wednesday 30 April 2014. The NSS website goes live on Monday 13 January, where students can complete the survey online: Students cannot complete the survey prior to Monday 13 January.

The National Student Survey (NSS) is an important survey for QM. It enables prospective students and the wider public to measure our performance against competitors, and provides us with useful data on both our strengths and those areas in need of improvement, informing policy and strategy to improve the student experience.

Nature of the New Boson: a lonely Higgs, or the first of many cousins?

Nature of the New Boson: a lonely Higgs, or the first of many cousins?

The SPA is very pleased to welcome Prof. James Olsen, co-leader of the CMS Higgs group and  faculty member of the Princeton University Physics Department,  for the first Colloquium of the New Year 2014.

Colloquium of the  School of Physics and Astronomy (SPA)

"Nature of the New Boson: a lonely Higgs, or the first of many cousins?"

by Prof. James Olsen 

Friday 17th January,  David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft  Building , 16.30-17.30 

$3,000,000 Fundamental Physics Prize awarded to Prof. Michael Green

Fundamental Physics Prize Image

The $3,000,000 Fundamental Physics Prize established by the Milner Foundation has been awarded to Professor Michael Green (together with John Schwarz of California Institute of Technology) for the work he began at Queen Mary in 1984. For full details please see

SPA Colloquium Series with String Theory and Holography

String Theory and Holography

School Colloquium series of the School of Physics and Astronomy

Friday, 13th December 2013, 16:30, GO Jones Lecture Theatre

Professor Massimo Bianchi from the Universita' di Roma "Tor Vergata"  and INFN sezione di Roma II will give the next seminar in the series.  He is an internationally renowned string theorist, with seminal contributions in numerous  foundational branches of string theory, most recently in the remarkable holographic emergence of gravity. Professor Bianchi is currently Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Queen Mary, University of London.

Title of Lecture : String Theory - Even if it is not true,  it is well-conceived.