Departmental news

IBM - Year in Industry experience

Monday 23 October 2017

Listen to James' year in industry experience at IBM, Research and Development Laboratory, Hursley.

Binding Blocks team produce video to explain the process of nuclear fusion

Monday 9 October 2017

Hannah Willett of Physics at York uses the Binding Blocks chart to explain the process of nuclear fusion, and how creating "mini-suns" on earth could be an important clean energy source for the future.

4th Physics Industry Recruitment and Placement Fair

Monday 2 October 2017

The 4th Physics Industry Recruitment and Placement Fair is the UK's largest physics-specific recruitment event.

Astronaut Tim Peake gives public lecture at York

Wednesday 27 September 2017

ESA astronaut Tim Peake revealed the highs and lows of life aboard the International Space Station in a talk at the University of York.

Leading national conference for chemistry and physics education held in York

Wednesday 30 August 2017

The Variety in Chemistry Education and Physics Higher Education Conference (ViCEPHEC) is the leading national conference for chemistry and physics education at tertiary level in the UK. This year the conference was held at the University of York between 23 and 25 August.

York part of a successful synthetic biology research award of €4M

Tuesday 29 August 2017

A consortium of 10 academic and industrial partners located across the EU, including Prof Mark Leake from York’s departments of Physics and Biology, has been awarded a research grant for the project ‘SynCrop’ to investigate and develop cutting-edge methods to improve food production using novel synthetic biology tools.

York early-career researchers recognised as Emerging Leaders

Thursday 24 August 2017

The work of a physics academic Dr Alessandro Pastore in collaboration with physics final year student Matthew Shelley has been accepted and published in a special issue of Journal of Physics G named "Emerging Leaders".

£5M Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funding for photonics

Thursday 10 August 2017

Researchers from the University of St Andrews and the University of York have been awarded over £5M from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to research resonant and shaped photonics which could revolutionise our understanding of the biomedical world.

York Professor supports first African led experiment at CERN

Tuesday 8 August 2017

Professor David Jenkins has supported the first African led experiment at CERN.

New Head of Department for Physics

Tuesday 1 August 2017

Prof Kieran Gibson has taken over as Head of Department - Physics

Physics academic appointed as UK Fusion Programme Director

Thursday 20 July 2017

A University of York physicist has been selected as the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) Programme Director of the UK Fusion Programme at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

Graduation Celebrations!

Wednesday 19 July 2017

A reception was hosted by the Department of Physics on Thursday 13th July 2017.

York-Tohoku-Kaiserslautern Research Symposium

Thursday 13 July 2017

As part of the EPSRC/JSPS funded Core-to-Core grant in Spintronics and Advanced Materials the fourth symposium in the series of joint meetings was held in the department between 21 and 23 June 2017.

Jacek Dobaczewski awarded honorary degree

Friday 7 July 2017

Congratulations to Prof Jacek Dobaczewski who has been honoured by the Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University.

Nuclear Physics Masterclass

Wednesday 5 July 2017

A Nuclear Physics Masterclass was held at the University of Surrey, utilising the University of York's Binding Blocks Iron+ chart.

Neutralizer-free plasma propulsion

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Scientists from England and France study neutralizer-free plasma propulsion for spacecraft.

Year in Industry

Monday 26 June 2017

We are delighted to announce that five of our undergraduate physicists will soon start their year in industry placements in the UK and overseas.

New Honorary Appointments in Physics

Wednesday 31 May 2017

The department is delighted to announce that three honorary positions have been confirmed in the Department of Physics.

Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Awards 2017

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Congratulations to Phil Hasnip who has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award.

Physics Awards Day 2017

Thursday 11 May 2017

The achievements of the department throughout the year were celebrated last week at the department's awards ceremony.

Dr Marina Petri featured by Royal Society's "International Mobility Case Studies"

Tuesday 9 May 2017

The Royal Society recently launched its commissioned research and case studies on international researcher mobility.

Falling Walls Research Theme winner

Friday 28 April 2017

Physics have a Falling Walls Research Theme winner

Welcome to Beth Medley

Thursday 27 April 2017

Welcome to Beth Medley, our new Employability and Placement Officer at the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA).

Jaguar Landrover - Internship Experience

Friday 21 April 2017

Listen to Laura’s summer internship experience at Jaguar Landrover, Engineering Centre, Coventry.

Airbus UK - Internship Experience

Friday 21 April 2017

Listen to Jonathan’s summer internship experience at Airbus UK.

Ogden Trust - Teaching Internship Experience

Friday 21 April 2017

Listen to Sarah’s summer internship experience as an Ogden Trust Teaching intern.

Workshop to be held jointly with Ruder Boskovic Institute

Monday 27 March 2017

The nuclear applications group are holding a joint workshop at the University of York with physicists from the Ruder Boskovic Institute (RBI) in Zagreb, Croatia.

Royal Society of London - Issue Publication

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Prof Mohamed Babiker was one of the lead editors of a theme issue titled `Optical orbital angular momentum', published by the Royal Society of London.

New Major EPSRC Grant Award

Tuesday 21 March 2017

A new £5.1m award will allow a consortium of top UK academics to develop computer codes and apply them to provide new insights into existing and predicted materials.

Internship Experience at Documobi

Thursday 16 March 2017

Listen to Alex’s summer internship experience at Documobi, Harrogate.

Summer Internship Experience - Castle European Ltd Internship

Thursday 16 March 2017

Listen to Archie’s summer internship experience at Castle European Ltd, Edinburgh.

CERN Research Associateship Awarded

Monday 13 March 2017

Professor Andrei Andreyev has been successful in his application for a prestigious CERN research associateship, based in Geneva.

Binding Blocks paper published by IOP Journal

Monday 13 March 2017

In mid-February 2017, the Binding Blocks paper was officially announced as published within the IOP Journal of Physics Education’s special issue: Focus on Nuclear and Particle Physics.

Dr Lancaster attends prestigious ceremony for Professor Stephen Hawking

Thursday 9 March 2017

Dr Kate Lancaster was privileged to be invited to attend a ceremony to watch Professor Stephen Hawking receive the “Freedom of the City of London”.

Summer Internship Experience - FERA

Friday 3 March 2017

Listen to Joanna’s summer internship experience at FERA based at the National Agri-food Innovation Campus, York.

Summer Internship experience at the Institut Laue-Langevin

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Listen to Physics student Rachael’s summer internship experience at the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France.

Why Physics students should apply for a summer internship

Monday 20 February 2017

Undergraduate Physics students can do a variety of internships in a number of different sectors.

How to get an internship

Monday 20 February 2017

Listen to Andrew Hirst from the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy and Physics students talk about the practical steps that are necessary to successfully apply for a summer internship.

Central Laser Facility - Internship Experience

Monday 13 February 2017

Listen to Adam’s summer internship experience at the Central Laser Facility (CLF) that is part of the Science and Technologies Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Dr Phil Lightfoot awarded Senior Fellow of the High Education Academy

Wednesday 18 January 2017

In recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.

Jacek Dobaczewski appointed as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Physics G

Wednesday 11 January 2017

The Department of Physics is delighted to announce that Professor Jacek Dobaczewski has been appointed as the new Editor in Chief of Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics (JPhysG). His term began on 1 January 2017.

The White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA) and the Institute of Physics - 3rd Physics Industry Recruitment and Placement Fair

Tuesday 20 December 2016

Largest physics-specific careers event in the UK held at the University of York

A discovery with a twist

Monday 7 November 2016

Professor Irene D'Amico has been involved in an international collaboration which has discovered a 'twist' effect in spin waves.

Professor Brian Fulton awarded Institute of Physics Phillips Prize 2016

Thursday 3 November 2016

Congratulations to Professor Brian Fulton who has been awarded the Institute of Physics Phillips prize 2016 for his substantial contribution to the work of the Institute of Physics and the UK nuclear physics community over many years. The award will be presented on Tuesday 29 November.

Dr Marina Petri’s Royal Society University Research Fellowship success

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Dr Marina Petri has been offered a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship to be held in the Department of Physics, University of York.

York-JEOL Workshop on Future Technologies in Electron Microscopy

Thursday 15 September 2016

Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 September 2016, the University of York and JEOL (UK) Ltd.

University of York to host Tim Peake

Wednesday 7 September 2016

The European Space Agency (ESA) has confirmed that British astronaut Tim Peake will be attending the University of York as part of the UK Space Agency’s Schools Conferences.

Bringing the planets down to Earth

Wednesday 24 August 2016

AstroSoc, the University of York astronomy society, are fundraising to build a scale model of the solar system across the University of York.

Shining a light on postgraduate research

Monday 22 August 2016

This year’s annual two-day Postgraduate (PG) Conference was held between 17 – 18 August 2016 in the Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul.

Optimisation of charge carrier mobility in nanoporous metal oxide films

Monday 22 August 2016

Scientists in the University of York have received funding from EPSRC to optimise charge carrier mobility in nanoporous metal oxide films.

York DFT TALENT Course 2016

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Between 18 July and 5 August, the Nuclear Physics Group hosted one of this year's Nuclear Theory Training in Advanced Low Energy Nuclear Theory (TALENT) courses.

Girls in Physics

Thursday 11 August 2016

This year’s Girls in Physics residential was a resounding success, with 14 year 10 girls participating in a week of activities that saw them experience University life, try out hands-on experiments, and visit some of the world's largest research facilities.

Physics in 50 milestone moments

Tuesday 9 August 2016

James Lees, 3rd year MPhys student, is writing a book entitled ‘Physics in 50 Milestone Moments’.

YPI student poster prize winners

Wednesday 3 August 2016

Two York Plasma Institute PhD students won poster prizes at the recent European Physical Society Plasma Physics Conference, which was held in Leuven, Belgium from 4 to 8 July 2016.

STFC Advisory Panel for Public Engagement Appointment

Monday 18 July 2016

Miss Katherine Leech has been appointed to the STFC Advisory Panel for Public Engagement.

York rail workshop aims to boost love of science

Monday 11 July 2016

Virgin Trains and the University of York have joined forces to create a workshop to encourage British children into science and engineering.

Vice-Chancellor Teaching Awards 2016 winner

Monday 11 July 2016

At the recent Vice-Chancellor Teaching Awards 2016, Sam Thompson won a 'Postgraduate who teach' (PGWT) award.

Dr Phil Lightfoot is now Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Wednesday 6 July 2016

Dr Phil Lightfoot recently achieved the status of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Physics staff promotion success

Wednesday 6 July 2016

We are delighted to announce that several of our physics staff have received promotions.

Prof Mark Leake elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

Tuesday 5 July 2016

Professor Mark Leake was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology on 1 July 2016.

Ogden Schools Physicist of the Year Awards 2016

Friday 1 July 2016

On Monday 27 June 2016, we held the 3rd annual Schools Physicist of the Year Awards.

Advancing our understanding of low-temperature plasma physics for optimising future fusion energy reactors

Thursday 30 June 2016

Scientists in the Department of Physics’ York Plasma Institute (YPI) have received a £1M grant from EPSRC to study power exhaust in hot magnetic fusion plasmas (10s of millions C).

TechYork 2016

Tuesday 28 June 2016

TechYork 2016 was held in the Exhibition Centre in the University of York on Monday 27 June 2016.

CERN Teacher’s Day and York Physics Day

Tuesday 28 June 2016

On Friday 17 June 2016, the Binding Blocks team at the University of York ran a training event for 50 teachers that recently visited CERN, through the National STEM Learning Centre.

Awarding Teaching Excellence

Friday 17 June 2016

A student and an academic have been acknowledged for their excellent teaching.

Binding Blocks - LEGO Nuclear Chart Training

Monday 13 June 2016

On Tuesday 31 May, the Department of Physics ran a training event for future presenters of Binding Blocks, a LEGO Nuclear Chart installation.

Micro-ablation with extreme ultra-violet laser light

Monday 13 June 2016

Research on laser ablation at York undertaken by Professor Greg Tallents, Professor Nigel Woolsey and Dr Erik Wagenaars has been supported by an EPSRC network on Laser Based Production.

A laboratory scale-model of accretion column onto a highly magnetized dense star

Monday 13 June 2016

Scientists from a large international collaboration (Oxford, AWE, CEA, LULI, Observatoire de Paris, University of Michigan and University of York) have succeeded for the first time to generate a laboratory analogue of a strong shock that takes place when matter falls at very high speed on the surface of extremely dense stars called white dwarfs.

2016 Rutherford Plasma Physics Communications Prize Winner

Tuesday 24 May 2016

A University of York Physicist has been awarded the 2016 Rutherford Plasma Physics Communications Prize - for a presentation which has now been viewed nearly 70,000 times online.

Pint of Science returns to York

Monday 9 May 2016

This month, Pint of Science returns to York.

Chance to see Mercury

Friday 6 May 2016

The Astrocampus will open for those wishing to see the transit of Mercury next week.

Outstanding Paper Award

Friday 6 May 2016

Dr Greg Melia and co-authors have received an Outstanding Paper Award from the Institute of Physics (IoP) Publishing.

Prof Pratibha Gai elected Fellow of The Royal Society

Friday 29 April 2016

Professor Pratibha Gai has been elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

Memorandum of Understanding with ELI-NP, Romania

Friday 22 April 2016

Following the recent visit by Dr Catalin Matei from ELI-NP, we have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the "Horia Hulubei" National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering in Romania.

Physics Awards Day 2016

Friday 22 April 2016

The Department's first Physics Awards were held yesterday.

University of York to host major space conference for young people

Friday 15 April 2016

The University of York has been selected to host a major educational conference on space exploration which will involve hundreds of young people showcasing their projects linked to Tim Peake’s Principia mission.

PhD in Fusion Energy

Thursday 14 April 2016

If you are thinking of a PhD, have you thought about Fusion Energy?

Using physics to tackle biomedical challenges

Monday 11 April 2016

Scientists at the University of York aim to unleash the untapped potential of the physical sciences in the search for new treatments for human infection and inflammatory diseases.

Online international collaboration shows reliability of quantum simulations for materials design

Thursday 31 March 2016

Scientists from the University of York teamed up with colleagues from over 30 universities and institutes across Europe to investigate to what extent quantum simulations of material properties agree when they are performed by different researchers and with different software.

Minister announced major investment in doctoral training and Quantum Technologies

Tuesday 22 March 2016

The University of York is to benefit from investment in science and engineering research totalling £204 million announced by Science minister, Jo Johnson.

11,000 year old pendant is earliest known Mesolithic art in Britain

Friday 26 February 2016

An 11,000 year old engraved shale pendant discovered by archaeologists during excavations at the Early Mesolithic site at Star Carr in North Yorkshire is unique in the UK, according to new research.

IOP Nuclear Physics Early Career Award Winner

Tuesday 23 February 2016

Mr Daniel Doherty, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Experimental Nuclear Physics has won the IoP Nuclear Physics Early Career Award for 2015.

Physics Photography Competition

Wednesday 17 February 2016

We are pleased to announce that we are running a new Physics Photography Competition. The categories are outlined below and each carries a prize of £30 for first place and £10 for second place. Prizes will be awarded at the Physics Prize Ceremony on Thursday 21 April 2016.

Proton Imaging of Laser-Produced Plasmas

Thursday 11 February 2016

Following February’s successful academic access campaign on Orion, the University of York, Queens University of Belfast, Imperial College and University of Michigan team returned in November for two more weeks.

York develops UK nuclear theory hub

Friday 5 February 2016

University of York physicists will host a series of courses, meetings and a visitor programme bringing together the UK nuclear theory community this year.

Celebrating half a century of excellence

Friday 29 January 2016

The Department of Physics is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend (30 January) with a day of special physics-themed events.

Funding for Gravitational Wave Detection with Micrometer Quantum Systems

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Congratulations to our York Centre for Quantum Technologies (YCQT) colleague, Dr David Bruschi, who in collaboration with Professor Ivette Fuentes, Chair in Theoretical Quantum Optics at the University of Vienna, was successful in securing €232,691 from the Templeton Foundation.

China Scholarship Council joint research scholarships

Tuesday 15 December 2015

The University of York is pleased to offer up to 10 joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council (CSC).

Unlocking the mysteries of “little starlets”

Monday 9 November 2015

For the first time a powerful laser has been used to further our understanding of some of the most mysterious celestial objects just beyond the solar system - brown dwarfs.

New Director of the Nanocentre

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Dr Steve Tear has been offered and accepted the position of Director of the York JEOL Nanocentre.

Scientists predict behaviour of charge currents in graphene

Wednesday 28 October 2015

Dr Aires Ferreira has devised a new method that can realistically predict the behaviour of electric currents as they pass through materials.

Prof Thomas Krauss appointed a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Professor Thomas Krauss has been appointed a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

Spotlight on York Physics Alumnus Prof John Helliwell

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Professor John Helliwell is a York Physics alumnus and a previous member of staff.

Dr Aires Ferreira has pioneered a new quantum transport method

Friday 18 September 2015

A new quantum transport method pioneered by Dr Aires Ferreira has been employed to test early conjectures on the exotic nature of quantum transport at the Dirac point of graphene systems, a fully quantum regime so far inaccessible.

Dr Matt Probert awarded IoP

Friday 4 September 2015

Dr Matt Probert has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP).

Ed Boyes elected to Fellowship of the IoP

Wednesday 12 August 2015

Professor Ed Boyes has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP).

Jacek Dobaczewski wins prestigious Polish award

Tuesday 11 August 2015

Professor Jacek Dobaczewski has been awarded the Wojciech Rubinowicz prize by the Polish Physical Society (Polskie Towarzystwo Fizyczne - PTF).

Stellar research casts new light on variable stars

Tuesday 21 July 2015

Our physicists are scanning the night skies, with the help of a telescope on the other side of the world, in an effort to understand why stars brighten and dim.

York scientists unlock secrets of stars through aluminium

Friday 17 July 2015

Physicists, including Dr Alison Laird and Dr Christian Diget, at the University of York have revealed a new understanding of nucleosynthesis in stars, providing insight into the role massive stars play in the evolution of the Milky Way and the origins of the Solar System.

New Honorary Colleagues in Physics

Friday 10 July 2015

Two honorary positions have been confirmed in the Department of Physics: Professor Dieter Weller as Honorary Visiting Professor and Dr Matt Reinke as Honorary Visiting Fellow.

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