Higher Education Group

The Group was founded in 2004 in response to the growing importance of teaching and learning issues that relate specifically to higher education.

We have organised a range of meetings addressing a number of topical issues including the use of project work in teaching, the MPhys and Europe, a look at assessment strategies in physics, outreach and recruitment in schools physics education research and What Do We Expect of a Competent Graduate Physicist? In addition, the Group produces an occasional newsletter with news and feature articles, conference and meeting reports, and a calendar of events.

On these pages you will find the programme for the current session, which explores more matters of concern to physicists in higher education. The Group aims to involve as many of its members as possible and its one day Meetings and Committee Meetings have been spread around the UK and Ireland in an effort to meet this goal. The Group sometimes organises joint meetings with other Institute Groups and has benefited from the collaboration and support of the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre in Physical Science and the Physics Innovations Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (piCETL).

Call for Nominations for New Committee Member

The Higher Education Group is seeking an Honorary Treasurer and invites nominations for the post.

The committee typically organises 3-4 meetings per year. There is one face-to-face committee meeting per year in addition to a couple of teleconferences. An electronic newsletter is distributed annually.

Nominations should be made by downloading the nomination form and submitting by email to the Honorary Secretary, Dr Nicola Wilkin (n.k.wilkin@bham.ac.uk) before 10 February.

To be eligible for these group officer posts you must be a corporate member of the Institute and a member of the group. You will also need a proposer and seconder, who should be corporate members of the Institute and members of the group.

We aim to be a fully inclusive membership organisation and welcome enquiries or applications from all members. If additional costs associated with caring responsibilities will be incurred in attending committee meetings, the IOP Carers' fund can be accessed.

If you would like to informally discuss the role, please contact Dr Wilkin at the above email address.

Once the nominations have been received, an election will be held if necessary.


The current issue of the Higher Education Group newsletter


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