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Ian Helliwell receives Institute of Physics award

Posted on 27 November 2019

Ian, a member of the Department of Physics' Teaching Laboratories staff, has recently collected a technician's award for his service to students.


Professor Brian Fulton, Dean of Faculty for the Sciences; Ian Helliwell; and Professor Hardaker, IoP chief executive

The Institute of Physics Technician Award enables the community to recognise and celebrate the skills and experience of technicians and their contribution to physics. 

The award was presented at the IOP awards ceremony which was held on 19 November at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.

Ian received the award for his dedication and contributions to practical physics training of undergraduate and secondary school students. Ian’s work enables the successful delivery of hands-on physics to 500 students annually.

Ian has been fundamental in setting-up the undergraduate training course in experimental, optics, nuclear, astronomical and computational physics.

He has contributed to a 100 per cent increase in undergraduate student intake from 100 to 200 through engagement with prospective students and parents, gaining 91 per cent of feedback as either excellent or good.

To accommodate increased numbers, Ian led a team of technicians, academics and facility personnel in the structural redevelopment of teaching laboratories ensuring delivery of a fit for purpose laboratory.