Departmental news

Success for York Physics students in Three Minute Thesis Competition

Monday 18 June 2018

The Research Excellence Training Team (RETT) work on behalf of the York Graduate Research School to organise this annual event as a showcase of PhD talent.


UK’s first quantum network launched

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Researchers at the University of York have teamed up with colleagues at the University of Cambridge and Toshiba Research Europe Ltd to launch the UK’s first quantum network.


York Pride 2018

Monday 11 June 2018

The department enjoyed a great day out at York Pride 2018


Physics climbs to 2nd place for career prospects in 2019 Guardian league table

Tuesday 29 May 2018

The Department has moved up to 2nd for 'Career after six months' in 2019 Guardian University Guide.


York Research in Focus - “The microscopic world in 3D”

Friday 18 May 2018

Successful biophysics research public outreach event held at York


Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Awards 2018

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Congratulations to Thomas Shutt who has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award.


University of York academic honoured at the 8th Asian Awards

Monday 14 May 2018

The Asian Awards celebrate the highest achievement from across the international Asian community.


York academic works with Oxfam in Vanuatu

Monday 14 May 2018

In late April, Prof Thomas Krauss spent 10 days working with Oxfam in Vanuatu in the South Pacific.


Physics Awards Day 2018

Tuesday 8 May 2018

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


Department hosts students from South African university

Thursday 3 May 2018

Three students were hosted by the Nuclear Physics group in York


2018 Spring Symposium Meeting Report

Wednesday 18 April 2018

The BPSI Spring Symposium 2018: 'Digital Health' was held on the 20th March 2018.


Professor Tom McLeish receives Lanfranc Award

Tuesday 10 April 2018

The 2018 Archbishop of Canterbury's Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship has been awarded to Professor McLeish.


Design and construction of bespoke 3D radioisotope scanning platform completed

Friday 6 April 2018

The Physics Mechanical and Electronics workshops have recently completed the design and construction of a bespoke 3D radioisotope scanning platform for the Nuclear Physics Group.


WRIPA Spring Term Review

Tuesday 3 April 2018

The spring term has been a busy one for the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy and its partners.


Enterprise Fellowships awarded

Monday 19 March 2018

Professor David Jenkins is one of the first to receive fellowship.


Spark! Nuclear energy essay competition

Thursday 8 March 2018

“The Energy Transition”. What is the role of nuclear technology in a world of growing alternative power and digital innovation?


First publication for physics PhD student based at TRIUMF

Thursday 1 March 2018

Eleanor Dunling is a PhD student based at TRIUMF, one of the world's leading subatomic physics laboratories based in Vancouver.


Two new informative videos created using Binding Blocks to explain research

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Nuclear physicist Ulrika Forsberg uses the Binding Blocks chart to explain nuclear decays and discoveries of new superheavy elements.


CMP members attend Photonics West conference in San Francisco

Friday 16 February 2018

Photonics West is the worlds largest photonics conference.


2017 Spring Symposium Meeting Report

Thursday 1 February 2018

The BPSI Spring Symposium 2017: 'The Biophysics of Infection and Immunology' was held on the 20 March 2017.


2017 Winter Symposium Meeting Report

Thursday 1 February 2018

The BPSI Winter Symposium 2016: 'The Biophysics of Cell Swimming and Motility' was held on the 20th December 2017.


Two Physics at York academics to receive top awards

Tuesday 23 January 2018

The awards from the Magnetics Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers will be presented in April 2018.


Department of Physics students graduate at ceremony in York

Monday 22 January 2018

‌The Department of Physics students graduated in a ceremony held at the University of York on Saturday 20 January.


Guiding of relativistic electron beams

Wednesday 17 January 2018

A recent paper in Nature Communications shows how the transport of a laser-driven relativistic electron beam in dense matter is improved when imposing a strong magnetic field.


Physics at York academic has book published by Cambridge University Press

Thursday 11 January 2018

The book by Prof Greg Tallents is titled ‘An introduction to the Atomic and Radiation Physics of Plasmas’.


How to write a good CV for industry

Tuesday 9 January 2018

If you want a job in hi-tech industry, it pays to tailor your CV so that it makes the most of your business-relevant skills and expertise, says Andrew Hirst.


Department of Physics academic recognised in New Year Honours

Tuesday 2 January 2018

Professor Pratibha Gai has been appointed a Dame (DBE) in the New Year Honours for services to chemical sciences and technology.


University appoints Professor Tom McLeish to a Chair in Natural Philosophy

Thursday 16 November 2017

The Department of Physics welcomes Prof Tom McLeish after his appointment to a Chair in Natural Philosophy.


Two-dimensional materials unlock the path to ultra-low-power transistors

Tuesday 7 November 2017

An international team of scientists has discovered a new route to ultra-low-power transistors using a graphene-based composite material.


2017 Postgraduate Conference a great success

Wednesday 1 November 2017

The 2017 Postgraduate Conference was held on 19 and 20 September 2017 and was a great success.


PwC - Year in Industry experience

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Listen to Anya's year in industry experience at PwC, London.


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.


2016 Winter Symposium Meeting Report

Thursday 16 February 2017

The BPSI Winter Symposium 2016: 'The Biophysics of Healthcare' was held on 19 December 2016.


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.


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