Women in Physics

Dr Irene D'Amico from the University's Department of Physics was presented with the Juno Champion award by Professor Sir Peter Knight, President of the Institute of Physics. Photo courtesy of the IOP.
Prof Irene D'Amico was presented with the Juno Champion award by Professor Sir Peter Knight, President of the IOP. Photo courtesy of the IOP.

The Department of Physics is committed to ensuring that there are no barriers to women studying or working in our department. Currently, 22.25% of our undergraduates and 19.67% at postgraduate level and above are female. By aiming to provide everyone with exposure to female physicists in our department through mentoring and networking opportunities, we hope to address the under representation of women in physics.

We hold Project Juno Champion status - the highest level in this scheme - accredited by the Institute of Physics. The Department has an action plan adhering to the six principles of the Project Juno scheme. In parallel, the Department holds Athena Swan Silver status which is a scheme that originated to tackle under-representation of women in the sciences but has broadened recently in scope to consider other aspects of equality and non-STEM disciplines. Our ambition in the coming years is to advance to Athena Swan Gold which is the highest level of recognition.

Women in Physics webpage sources

Athena SWAN Submissions:

Department of Physics - Narrative for Project Juno York Champion renewal 2014.

Department of Physics HoD letter 2014

Department of Physics – Action Plan 2014

University of York Athena SWAN page

University of York trail blazes for women in Physics

Project Juno-Six Principles

Athena SWAN Charter

IoP Women in Physics Group

IoP Report ‘Why not Physics? A snapshot of girls’ uptake at A-Level’

The WISE Campaign (Women in Science and Engineering)


Staff Profiles

Dr Christina (Yue) Wang

‌My name is Yue (Christina) Wang, and I am a Royal Society of Engineering Research Fellow in Physics department. My research area covers photonics, nanofabrication and nanomaterials.

I received an MSc degree in 2008 in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices jointly from the Universities of St Andrews and Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. In September 2008 I started a PhD in the Organic Semiconductor Optoelectronics group at the University of St Andrews. My PhD research concerned the development of low threshold organic semiconductor lasers. In 2012 I completed my PhD with a Springer Best Thesis Prize and successfully won a EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship to develop a novel multifunctional explosive sensing array in St Andrews. In 2013, I moved to York to work with Prof Thomas Krauss on silicon and silicon-related nanostructures for enhancing light-matter interaction. In 2018, I was awarded a Royal Society of Engineering Research Fellowship to start my own group and pursue my research interest in two-dimensional materials for light-emitting applications. I am also a mother of two young children and you can read how I balance work and home life here

Mrs Ros Roberts

I've worked at the University since 2011, starting as the Department Manager in Maths, and moving to Physics as Department Manager in July 2018.  I was originally full time, but when I returned to work after maternity leave, requested that I reduce my hours to 80% so that I could have a day each week with our daughter.  This continued after my second maternity leave.  Childcare became more complicated when our daughter started school, as school hours are quite different to nursery hours.  I agreed with the Maths department that I could be more flexible with my hours to accommodate school pick up once a week, and still have a day off for our nursery-aged son.  I was delighted that the Physics Department Manager role was advertised as 80-100%, as this demonstrates an understanding of workers with caring commitments.  When I was offered the job, I was told that I could arrange my hours in the best way for me.  That's brilliant!