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.
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 16-18 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 National Physical Laboratory, it covers the topics of forces, motion, waves, electricity, thermal, quantum and 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.
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.
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.
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.