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The latest news, statements and responses from the Institute of Physics.


Applications now open for Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund

6 October 2022
New round for the PhD fund that aims to foster greater diversity in physics.

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An illustration of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics winners

2022 Nobel Prize in Physics winners announced

4 October 2022
Trio’s pioneering work with entangled photons should help progress quantum technology.

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IOP members welcome Vice-President to Manchester

30 September 2022
The latest IOP VP visit organised by local branch members welcomed Vice-President for Science and Innovation Martin Freer.

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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. 

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Text reads: Physics - investing in our future. Powering the new industrial era.

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.

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Statement on the death of Her Majesty the Queen

9 September 2022
We join our members and physicists across the world in paying tribute to her decades of service.

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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.

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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.

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Still too little diversity in students taking physics A-level, warns IOP

18 August 2022
More government support needed to help make this crucial subject accessible and attractive to all.

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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.

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2022 IOP Council election results

1 August 2022
Dr Peter Thompson and Dr Melissa Uchida elected Council members from 1 October.

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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.

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IOP welcomes Horizon Europe transition plans

22 July 2022
Proposed measures provide some clarity for our sector.

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Independent review into UK Research and Innovation published

21 July 2022
Sir David Grant’s review published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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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.

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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.

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Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope images ‘inspire generation of young physicists’

12 July 2022
Pictures show us a glimpse of the ancient cosmos.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Working together for the benefit of black physicists

9 June 2022
Collaboration with The Blackett Lab Family aims to improve inclusion and diversity.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Three Minute Wonder 2022 science competition winner revealed

18 May 2022
Ocean Bach presents on pioneering technology at Grand Final of the science communication competition.

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IOP calls on government to take practical steps to support girls to study physics

18 May 2022
Rachel Youngman outlines three actions to tackle shortfall and stresses need to act now.

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Healthy UK physics landscape revealed in 2021 Research Excellence Framework

12 May 2022
But continued investment in our subject is needed, says IOP.

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IOP responds to Queen’s Speech

10 May 2022
Deputy chief executive stresses need for investment in physics to help power economic growth and tackle cost of living crisis.

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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.

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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.

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Work together to encourage girls to do physics A-level: IOP

27 April 2022
Response to government commissioner’s comments on why more girls don’t study the subject after GCSE.

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IOP report finds physics worth £7.3bn to Welsh economy

26 April 2022
Latest instalment in Physics and the Economy finds the sector contributes 10% of Welsh GDP and employment.

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Situation in Ukraine

26 April 2022
An update from the IOP on support for those affected by war and the actions we have taken.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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IOP responds to Schools White Paper

28 March 2022
Test of the white paper is whether it contains a serious and workable plan for recruiting missing teachers.

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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.

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IOP response to government’s record R&D budget

14 March 2022
Such funds are crucial to unlock the potential of physics.

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IOP statement on Ukraine

3 March 2022
A statement from IOP President Professor Sheila Rowan.

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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.

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IOP wins top teaching support award

21 February 2022
Free IOP DOMAINS resource recognised for “easy to use” CPD offerings that were launched during the pandemic.

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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.

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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.

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Institute of Physics appoints new CEO

12 January 2022
Tom Grinyer, currently group chief executive of the British Medical Association, will take over from Professor Paul Hardaker in June.

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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.

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