Three new PhD students in CRST

We are very happy to announce that three new PhD students will join our group in the next academic year: Edward Hughes and Zachary Kenton, from Cambridge University, and Paolo Mattioli, from Bologna University.

Junk the Jargon

On Wednesday 27 February, ten PhD students from QM competed in the annual Junk the Jargon competition. Junk the Jargon challenges participants to communicate their research topic in an engaging and fun way to a broad audience - in just three minutes. The winner, Evelina Arushanova, a first-year PhD student from the Particle Physics Research Centre, taught us how the ‘neutrino’ particle is a lot like a spy. For the full story please see

Juno Practitioner Status

The School of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to announced that it has been awarded Juno Practitioner status by the Institute of Physics. The aim of Juno is to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.  More information about the Juno programme can be found at 

The National Student Survey 2013

The National Student Survey 2013

National Student Survey is now open for all 3rd year BSc and 4th year MSci students to complete.  We would like to encourage all of these students to complete the survey as soon as possible.

January sees the launch of the National Student Survey (NSS) 2013 at most Higher Education Institutions and most Further Education Colleges providing Higher Education courses across the UK. The NSS is your opportunity to give your opinions on what you liked about your time at your institution/course as well as things that you felt could have been improved. 

PhD positions in Theoretical Physics

PhD positions in Theoretical Physics

The deadline for applying for a PhD studentship in the Centre for Research in String Theory is 31 January 2013. If you intend to apply, please follow the instructions  here. Reference letters should reach us by the deadline. Please note that we do not chase up referees, and missing references may hinder your chances of being selected for an interview. Dates of interviews: 14-15 February 2013.

Leverhulme Visiting Professor

Massimo Bianchi

We are very happy to announce that Massimo Bianchi will join the CRST as a Leverhulme Visiting Professor starting November 2012.

Massimo Bianchi is a Professor of Theoretical Physics in the String Theory Group at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and a leading researcher in String Theory.  

The Higgs "seen" at CERN

The Higgs "seen" at CERN
CERN researchers working on the LHC have announced that they have discovered a particle where they would expect to find a Higgs boson. The announcement is a step forward for modern physics and Queen Mary has contributed technical expertise, engineering experience and computing resources to this work. The announcement however is not a categorical declaration of the Higgs existence or how it fits into the larger picture. 
The Higgs boson is the elementary particle that needed to explain why and how particles have mass. Up until now the Standard Model, particle physics’ "theory of everything", was unable to fully explain why the most fundamental particles of the universe had mass and why they were different. The discovery of the Higgs is the first step in filling in this gap.

Robert de Mello Koch visits the CRST

Robert de Mello Koch, of the Center for Theoretical Physics of the University of the Witwatersrand, will be visiting the CRST during February-March 2012.