Our publications highlight exciting new areas of research in physics and its potential impact. They show how physics is integral to science and society.
Our publications help to influence physics-related policy and promote interest and participation in physics.
Physics and the Economy – 2022 findings
Our new project – including up-to-date summaries and full reports – shows that physics is a highly productive sector and a pillar of the UK and Irish economies.
Workforce Skills Project
The IOP provides new insight on the use of physics skills in the UK and Irish economies, including how this varies across occupations, industries and regions, and whether employers’ needs for physics skills are being met.
Innovation survey: the findings
To discover more about companies that use physics innovation in their work, the IOP commissioned CBI Economics to undertake a survey of physics-based businesses.
Profiling firms in high, medium and low physics-intensity sectors: innovation, growth productivity and skills use
A report compiled by the Enterprise Research Centre and commissioned by IOP as part of the Innovation Survey project, which looks at innovation in physics-based businesses.
Code of Conduct Workshop Report
Recommendations from participants in our workshop hosted with European member societies and aimed at delivering codes of conduct for the safety of conference and event attendees across Europe.
Limit Less: support young people to change the world
The IOP commissioned Censuswide to conduct two surveys and a series of focus groups to inform our Limit Less campaign. We also asked our members and subscribers to our Qubit newsletter to provide their own stories of lived experience related to the stereotypes and barriers that our campaign aims to dismantle.
The Case for Subject-Specific CPD
In January 2020, Professor Robert Coe produced a paper to inform discussion at the Subjects Matter conference hosted by the IOP. The paper outlines some of the challenges faced by teachers and makes the case for subject-specific continuing professional development.
IOP report recommends a national system of subject-specific CPD for all teachers to help increase the quality of teaching in our schools, improve educational outcomes for all students, and boost economic growth and prosperity across the UK.
Unlocking the Future - IOP strategy 2020-2024
Our strategy to transform the physics landscape for the UK and Ireland, and ensure a thriving physics ecosystem that will contribute to innovation, discovery, research, growth and debate in the UK, Ireland and beyond.
Pocket Physics: A study guide for 16- to 18-year-olds
A quick reference guide suitable for those studying for A-level, International Baccalaureate, Higher or Advanced Higher physics. Written by the Institute of Physics and the National Physical Laboratory, it covers a variety of topics from electricity to nuclear physics.
Technicians: Providing frontline and vital support for student mental health and wellbeing
This report outlines the extent to which technicians are pastorally supporting students and offers a number of recommendations to the higher education and research sector, individual employers and to technicians themselves, in order to ensure that all involved are fully supported.
Shift Learning science timetable models research
Shift Learning were commissioned by the learned societies to conduct research to understand the variety of timetable models used by schools to teach the sciences at KS4.
Funding of research in UK physics departments
Investment in science is an essential ingredient for economic growth in the UK. This briefing outlines where UK university physics departments’ research income came from in the 2016/17 academic year.
Staff and students in UK physics departments
The strength of UK physics and the benefits that it brings to the nation are built on the skills of the people who work in it. This briefing outlines a set of statistics on staff and students in physics departments in UK universities in the 2016–2017 academic year.
Why not physics? A snapshot of girls’ uptake at A-level
Using data for students in England from the National Pupil Database, this report considers the influences of school type, science route at GCSE and GCSE performance on girls' uptake of physics A-level.
Improving Gender Balance: Reflections on the impact of interventions in schools
Findings from the Improving Gender Balance and Drayson pilot projects, and recommendations for good practice.
Building momentum towards inclusive teaching and learning
This good practice guide in undergraduate physics undertaken in 2017 was to identify good practice in teaching and learning already adopted by physics departments and share this with others in the sector.
Supporting Students in STEM with Colour Vision Deficiency
This is a guide on good practice in supporting STEM students who have colour vision deficiency (CVD) or, as it is commonly known, colour blindness. The aim is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of adjustments and support for STEM students with CVD.
Opening Doors: A guide to good practice in countering gender stereotyping in schools
Case studies and key recommendations of how schools can explore equality issues across the whole school.
Raising Aspirations in Physics
This report reviews research into barriers to STEM participation for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and provides five recommendations to improve educational attainment.
Academic physics staff in UK higher education institutions
An updated version of the overview of academic and research staff in UK higher education institutions in the physics cost centre and a number of other selected cost centres published in 2012, and prepared by Oxford Research & Policy.
Closing Doors: Exploring gender and subject choice in schools
An exploration of national data on progression to A-level in selected subjects, including physics. The report draws attention to the gender imbalances that exist on A-level courses.
Physics Students in UK Higher Education Institutions
An overview of the students on first-degree, masters and doctoral programmes in physics and a number of selected other subjects in UK higher education institutions.
It's Different for Girls: The influence of schools
Using data from the National Pupil Database, this report explores how girl's uptake of A-level physics varies by schools type.
Mind the Gap - mathematics and the transition from A-levels to physics and engineering degrees
The Institute of Physics commissioned EdComs to investigate anecdotal evidence that physics and mathematics A-levels are not sufficiently preparing students for or encouraging them to do undergraduate physics and engineering courses.
Why choose physics and chemistry? The influences on physics and chemistry subject choices of BME students
A joint report by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) on the factors underlying the subject choices of ethnic-minority students.
Women in University Physics Departments: A Site Visit Scheme 2003–2005
This report highlights key findings from a site visit scheme, in which an external panel visited physics departments in the UK and Ireland and provided confidential reports on their "gender inclusiveness".
Representation of ethnic groups in chemistry and physics
This study presents a statistical picture of the progress of England- and Wales-domiciled students from different ethnic groups through the various stages of the educational system into undergraduate chemistry and physics courses.
Girls in the Physics Classroom: A review of the research on girls' participation in physics
A summary of the existing research on girls' participation in physics, highlighting common threads and suggesting effective strategies.