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News archive 2020

News, statements and responses from 2020. You can also view the latest news from the IOP or browse the archived news and statements from 2019.

Invest in teachers to secure long-term prosperity, says Institute of Physics

16 December 2020
The IOP today calls on policy-makers across the UK to level up student learning outcomes by backing a new subject-specific programme of support for teachers.

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IOP launches teacher training scholarships for 2021

9 December 2020
In partnership with the Department for Education, we are awarding 200 scholarships worth £26,000 to talented individuals.

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UK on track for science superpower status, says Institute of Physics

25 November 2020
Responding to the publication of the one-year Spending Review, IOP chief executive Professor Paul Hardaker comments on the government’s commitment to invest £14.6bn over 2021 and 2022 into research and development.

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IOP comments on government’s plan for ‘green industrial revolution’

18 November 2020
Number 10's ambition and clarity of vision hailed but IOP urges adequate investment.

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Big Bounce 2020 turns East Glasgow’s iconic ballroom into science lab

6 November 2020
The festival, with its mix of talks, demos, workshops and comedy, has been hailed a great success.

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IOP launches new Limit Less campaign

21 October 2020
There are no limits to what can be achieved with physics. Our campaign will ensure that there are no limits on who can take part. 

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MBE awarded to IOP’s Helen Pollard

15 October 2020
Teacher-coach receives the accolade in the 2020 Queen’s birthday honours list, for services to physics education. 

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Survey of IOP members published

15 October 2020
The IOP has published the full results of the latest snapshot survey of its membership. 

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IOP salutes Nobel Prize in Physics winners

8 October 2020
The IOP congratulates this year's trio of winners announced this week.

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New IOP Council members announced at 2020 AGM

11 September 2020
The IOP revealed the new members at its first-ever online annual general meeting.

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IOP switches over to updated website

18 August 2020
As of today the site you are now using, and which has been in BETA for some time, is now our main website. IOP’s ‘old’ website is being decommissioned and the content archived.

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Widening participation in higher education physics

14 August 2020
Thanks to a generous donation from Dr Tony Hill, the IOP is launching an exciting initiative to help widen participation on university physics courses.

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IOP launches new physics careers resource for young people

6 August 2020
IOP has launched a new online guide, Your Future with Physics, to support young people who are considering their subject choices and looking to their future career.

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IOP and Diversity and Inclusion

10 July 2020
Over the past week or so we have received some questions and challenges about IOP’s approach to diversity and inclusion, our ambitions and our actions so far in this area. We wanted to share these together with our thoughts and reflections on the questions raised, and in particular to respond to points that were passed on to us by the publication Research Fortnight.

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Physics-based businesses at the cutting edge of the UK and Ireland’s scientific research and development recognised at Institute of Physics Business Awards 2020

9 July 2020
The winning companies at this year’s Institute of Physics Business Awards have applied and employed physics and physicists to make world-leading technological achievements. 

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Innovative fund supports tomorrow’s researchers with new scholarships programme

7 July 2020
Four female physics research students are the first to benefit from an innovative fund set up by leading physicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and the Institute of Physics.

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Diversity and inclusion: a collective enterprise

3 July 2020
Ahead of announcing the first awardees of the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund, Paul Hardaker and Rachel Youngman write about how we must work together to achieve greater inclusiveness and diversity within physics. 

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Institute of Physics’ response to the government’s R&D roadmap

2 July 2020

Professor Paul Hardaker, CEO of the Institute of Physics, commends the emphasis on collaboration and diversity.

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IOP welcomes six new Honorary Fellows

24 June 2020
In a first, two technical professionals recognised with the IOP’s highest honour, reflecting the crucial role played by technicians in the advancement and application of physics.

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Report on equity in STEM education calls for more diversity in curriculum

23 June 2020
A report released today by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM is urging more diversity in the curriculum in England, along with five other key recommendations. 

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Black Lives Matter and why change is needed now – IOP statement

9 June 2020
Sustainable and systemic change is needed – and it will take the whole physics community working together, says IOP.

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UKRI appoints Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser as new CEO

26 May 2020
IOP’s Paul Hardaker offers warm welcome to incoming research and innovation chief.

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Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy first in Wales to be awarded Juno Champion status

20 May 2020
School receives key IOP accolade for its work and dedication in addressing gender equality in physics.

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Phil Evans reflects on his first three months as IOP Director of Physics Programmes

15 May 2020
After 32 years with the Met Office, Phil Evans says it’s the IOP that is making the weather when it comes to ensuring the societal benefits of physics.

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Urgent call for engineering volunteers to support front-line NHS staff tackling the COVID-19 pandemic

15 April 2020
Following the call for engineering volunteers in London, Manchester and Birmingham, the NHS is now asking for those from across the UK to come forward and stand alongside its staff.

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IOP welcomes budget 2020 science pledge

11 March 2020
Professor Paul Hardaker, CEO of the Institute of Physics, comments on Budget 2020.

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A myriad of Girl Guides discover physics at the NEC

26 February 2020
Young budding physicists gained hands-on experience as they learnt about the IOP’s I am a Physicist badge.

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Focus on health and medical physics at careers fair

13 February 2020
Through real-world demonstrations, students and teachers were given an insight into the benefits of STEMM apprenticeships.

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Stories from physics – the value of storytelling in teaching and learning

11 February 2020
At this Jackanory-style evening, authors Ben Rogers and Richard Brock showcased how stories have a powerful effect on long-term memory formation and retrieval.

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IOP hosts launch of Islington’s pioneering work initiative for pupils

31 January 2020
Scheme featuring careers events and workplace visits will aim to bridge the ‘skills gap’ that many businesses identify in school leavers.

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Wales’ Education Minister visits Monmouth Improving Gender Balance school

31 January 2020
Kirsty Williams reviewed the success of the school's participation in the Institute of Physics programme, as the scheme nears the end of its one-year pilot.

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IOP response to new Global Talent visa scheme announcement

28 January 2020
The plans will be a boost to immigration and can help the UK to attract the world’s top scientists despite Brexit, says IOP.

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IOP hosts subject CPD summit chaired by Professor Sir John Holman

23 January 2020
Experts discussed how a targeted approach to professional learning could tackle longstanding issues such as teacher retention.

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MBE for IOP Teaching & Learning Coach in Wales

23 January 2020
Cerian Angharad recognised for promoting science and for her engagement with young people.

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The Institute of Physics and IOP Publishing appoint Professor Qi-Kun Xue as chief scientific advisor for China

21 January 2020
The Institute of Physics (IOP) and IOP Publishing (IOPP) are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Qi-Kun Xue as chief scientific advisor for China.

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Cosmic rays and Lego at the IOP

15 January 2020
A trio of school pupils presented their trailblazing project on cosmic rays to other students at the IOP.

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