The latest news, statements and responses from the Institute of Physics.
IOP responds to chancellor’s speech on UK economy
27 January 2023
The physics sector can lead the way towards prosperity but long-term focus on future-thinking industries and specialist teachers is crucial.
IOP responds to Rishi Sunak’s maths to 18 plans
4 January 2023
Proposals to expand provision of maths education welcome but need far more detail on teacher numbers, infrastructure and support.
IOP responds to Public Accounts Committee report on workforce skills development
14 December 2022
Deputy chief executive stresses need to improve skills, break down barriers, and for better co-ordination of provision.
IOP responds to ‘bleak’ news on teacher recruitment numbers
2 December 2022
UK governments must do more to recruit specialist physics teachers and address poor retention of valuable physics specialists.
IOP response to government’s Autumn Statement 22
17 November 2022
Chancellor sends right signal on science backing but government must recommit to longer-term R&D investment and address shortage of physics teachers.
New IOP report calls for action to accelerate growth of UK quantum sector
10 November 2022
Report aims to support BEIS strategy for quantum technologies, which the IOP says can transform our lives with the right approach.
IOP’s education and skills VP visits Liverpool to showcase physics
3 November 2022
Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright leads delegation in the latest instalment of meetings with members and students across the UK and Ireland.
IOP responds to chancellor’s financial statement
23 September 2022
Key test of government’s commitment to growth will be how far it supports and stimulates investment in research and development, argues IOP.
IOP launches physics research and development blueprint report
21 September 2022
Investing in physics crucial to tackling UK’s challenges and ensuring energy security, says IOP report, Physics: Investing in our Future.
New PM Liz Truss must invest in physics research, says IOP
5 September 2022
Incoming government urged to appoint a Science Minister without delay to help tackle pressing challenges such as the energy crisis.
A-level physics results give cause for concern in Wales and Northern Ireland
23 August 2022
A fall in the numbers of people taking the subject comes as the UK faces a cost of living and energy crisis without the technical skills and scientific innovation to address it.
IOP congratulates physics students but ‘mixed results’ in Scotland show change needed
9 August 2022
Girls – perennially under-represented in the subject – are still outperforming boys at all exam levels.
Limit Less potential for Eurekas science competition winners
28 July 2022
Leicester students win inaugural prize for cochlear implant-shaped cake, part of initiative designed to broaden diversity in physics.
Joint letter to the Chancellor and BEIS Secretary of State on Horizon Europe association
20 July 2022
The Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Society of Biology have written to Nadhim Zahawi MP and Kwasi Kwarteng MP to raise the pressing issue of the UK’s association to Horizon Europe and funding for alternatives if association is not possible.
IOP head calls on Prime Minister to appoint new Science Minister
14 July 2022
Letter from IOP Chief Executive, Tom Grinyer, to Boris Johnson urges him not to waste time in appointing new minister to help deliver commitments on investment in science.
Government must take action to meet physics teacher recruitment challenge, says IOP head
8 July 2022
Chief executive responds to survey of UK head teachers which found nearly all of them are struggling to fill classroom vacancies.
IOP Education Conference comes to Birmingham to promote physics
29 June 2022
Full house for major event in the West Midlands, at which students from all backgrounds were encouraged to study our subject.
IOP Wales welcomes progress on race equality recommendations
24 June 2022
Welsh Government’s report on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities working group’s proposals makes clear that the right steps are being taken towards greater diversity in physics and teaching.
IOP Fellow receives prestigious Women’s Engineering Society award
23 June 2022
Rowena Innocent, recognised for supporting education and training in STEM subjects, among the female innovators celebrated.
Groundbreaking IOP-funded careers project launches to attract young people to physics
23 June 2022
Planet Possibility – with its aim of improving diversity among physicists – is the first initiative backed by our Challenge Fund.
IOP meets with Kenyan delegation about Africa-UK Physics Partnership
8 June 2022
The IOP met this week with a delegation from the Kenyan government, High Commission and vice-chancellors of science and technology universities in Kenya, to talk about the Africa-UK Physics Partnership bid for funding.
Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund supports more of tomorrow’s physics researchers
8 June 2022
Latest awardees announced of the fund that aims to increase diversity in the subject at PhD level.
Institute of Physics Vice-President visits Northern Ireland
1 June 2022
Delegation takes in Belfast and Derry as part of a year-long programme of tours to the nations and regions of the UK and Ireland.
Vice-President for Science and Innovation visits Ireland
9 May 2022
IOP delegation led by eminent nuclear physicist meets with key political figures, members and business leaders in three-day tour.
IOP publishes priorities for next Scottish council terms
5 May 2022
As people across Scotland take part in local elections, the IOP has published a manifesto calling on councils to help unlock the potential of physics.
IOP response to Tony Blair’s call for increase in young people going to university
21 April 2022
Multiple routes and not a ‘one size fits all’ approach needed to improve access to education in the UK, says IOP, following former prime minister’s recommendation.
IOP Accelerator Centre for physics innovation reopens
1 April 2022
State-of-the-art workspace in Central London, which offers access to specialised support for start-ups and entrepreneurs, back after hiatus brought on by the pandemic.
IOP launches ‘Blueprint’ project to create a thriving research and development system
30 March 2022
Online event kickstarts major new investigation into the future of physics and the economic impact of our science.
Spring budget promises green shoots for R&D spending
23 March 2022
IOP welcomes moves towards a more generous tax deal for physics research and development but warns more still needs to be done.
IOP’s comment on government’s response to Augar review of post-18 education and funding
24 February 2022
Disadvantaged students, including those of physics, will be hit by loans shake-up, warns IOP.
IOP responds to government’s levelling up agenda
2 February 2022
Rachel Youngman, IOP Deputy Chief Executive, challenges the government to deliver substance as well as slogans, following publication of White Paper.
UK may fall behind without future investment in physics-based industries
28 January 2022
Latest IOP research reveals true value of physics to the UK economy, highlighting need for ongoing support.
IOP report: invest in physics skills now to support economic recovery and growth
12 January 2022
New research suggests that without concerted action the UK and Ireland will be unable to take advantage of economic and technological developments.