Publications

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.

2020

Subjects Matter

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.

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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.

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2019

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.

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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.

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Exploring the workplace for LGBT+ physical scientists

A report by the Institute of Physics, Royal Astronomical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry.

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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.

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Discover, connect, innovate. IOP for business

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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.

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2018

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.

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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.

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Improving Gender Balance key findings

A summary of the evaluation of the IGB pilot in Scotland.

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The health of photonics: How light-based technologies are solving industry challenges, and how they can be harnessed to impact future economic growth

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2017

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.

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Improving Gender Balance - Results and recommendations from the IOP's work in schools

A summary of the Improving Gender Balance and Drayson pilot projects.

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The role of physics in supporting economic growth and national productivity

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The role of physics in supporting economic growth and national productivity in Ireland

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The role of physics in supporting economic growth and national productivity in Northern Ireland

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The role of physics in supporting economic growth and national productivity in Scotland

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The role of physics in supporting economic growth and national productivity in Wales

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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.

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2016

The Health of Physics in UK Food Manufacturing

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Institute of Physics Education: Policy and Projects

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What does a physicist look like? Who do you think of when you think "physicist"?

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Next Steps for Hydrogen: Physics, technology and the future

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2015

Gazing at the future

The experiences of male and female physics and astronomy doctoral students in the UK.
 

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School Sixth Forms With No entries for A-level Physics

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Finances of Chemistry and Physics Departments in UK Universities: Third Review

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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.

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Inspirational physics for a modern economy

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A Review of UK Astroparticle Physics Research

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2013

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.

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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.

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2012

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.

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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.

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2011

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.

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2006

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".

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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.

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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.

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