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Networks, projects and resources for those working in higher education.


We facilitate the following networks with the aim of bringing together individuals in university departments to share experience and learning. Each group meets a number of times per year and agendas are set in discussion with network members.

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Project Juno

This project recognises and rewards university departments and companies that have taken action to address the under-representation of women in physics.

Expanding Conceptual Understanding in Physics (ECUIP)

ECUIP is a collaborative project with the long-term aim of improving physics graduates’ conceptual understanding in Newtonian mechanics and electricity and magnetism.

The motivation for this project is a concern by some academics, teacher training providers and others that physics graduates sometimes lack a deep understanding of basic concepts.

Who is involved in the project?

The project group consists of physics departments across the UK and Ireland.

The research

The physics departments involved used a range of assessment instruments to test the conceptual understanding of their students at various stages of their education.

Currently the research questions of the project are being investigated using assessment data collected since 2016 together with qualitative research to be conducted in the near future.

Project outcome

The project findings will be shared with the community.

It is anticipated that resources to support teaching and learning will be developed by the project partner group.

Further information

Contact us at conceptual@iop.org.

Quantum physics

In November 2013 we launched quantumphysics.iop.org, a site to support the teaching of quantum physics at undergraduate level.

The project came about following a meeting in December 2010 on the teaching of quantum mechanics. A working party was formed to develop a set of resources to support a fresh approach to the teaching of the quantum theory curriculum.

These resources allow the theory to be built systematically from 2-level systems rather than traditional wave mechanics.

The site was developed by the working party which included:

  • Professor Derek Raine, project lead
  • Dr Dan Browne, author
  • Dr Mark Everitt, author
  • Dr Pieter Kok, author
  • Dr Antje Kohnle, simulations
  • Dr Liz Swinbank, editor

The quantumphysics.iop.org site operates within the terms and policies of the Institute of Physics:

Degree accreditation and recognition

Our accreditation of physics degrees and recognition of interdisciplinary and combined science degrees are important parts of our support for higher education. 

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Related information

Consultations and statistics

IOP Groups

Other IOP websites

Search for undergraduate physics courses in the UK and Ireland

Resources and support for the teaching of quantum physics to undergraduates

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