Juno Champion

Institute of Physics Juno Champion

QMUL’s School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded Juno Champion Status by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in recognition of action they have taken to address the under-representation of women in university physics.

2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The School of Physics and Astronomy has strongly contributed to the excellent results obtained in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) by QMUL, which has been ranked 9th among multi-faculty institutions in the UK. The School's Grade Point Average (GPA) of Physics research outputs (publications) are ranked joint first (with Imperial College) in London, 10th in the Russell Group and 14th in the UK (out of 41) hence cementing ourselves as among the very best Physics Departments in the UK.

These results are based on the research performed by the Astronomy Unit, Centre for Research in String Theory and the Particle Physics Research Centre. Research from the Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics was submitted as Materials where QMUL was ranked 12th (out of 37) in the UK. This confirms the strength of physics research across all our fields.

Joint QMUL/WITS Postdoc Position

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There is an opening for a postdoctoral position in string theory, starting in September 2015, shared between the string theory group of QMUL, London and the high energy theory group at WITS university, Johannesburg. For full details see inSPIRE and AcademicJobsOnline

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: www.thestudentsurvey.com. 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.