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Higher Education Group
This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest.
Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.
About the group
As a special interest, member-driven group, we provide physics education members with meetings across the UK and Ireland and regularly organise joint physics events with other IOP groups. We also support members with links to professional networks, physics resources and blogs.
What interests us is:
- conceptual understanding in physics
- subject-based physics in higher education research
- degree accreditation
- influencing policy
- sharing funding information
What the group does
We develop networks with overseas groups with similar interests and encourage members to discuss their ideas or projects. We invite our members to apply for funding to organise meetings.
In 2018, we contributed to the IOP response to the post-18 review of education and funding (PDF, 327KB).
We also support networks of:
- admission tutors
- directors of teaching and learning
- disability officers
- heads of physics
- outreach and public engagement
- PhD supervisors
Group physics prize
Lillian McDermott Award in Physics Education Research
The award recognises the most outstanding poster presentation in the field of physics education research at the annual meeting of the Institute of Physics Higher Education Group.
Group annual general meetings
Resources from group meetings
- Newsletter, June 2021 (PDF, 347KB)
- Newsletter, March 2020 (PDF, 265KB)
- Newsletter, August 2019 (PDF, 380KB)
- Newsletter, March 2019 (PDF, 4.6MB)
Our higher physics education blogs cover:
Blogs are written by IOP staff, members and event speakers.
- Talking Teaching at the Institute of Physics
- Simple net application programme services
- An Introduction to Arduino
- Open Data Science Initiative
- The C# Yellow Book
Committee and contacts
|Chair||Dr James Uhomoibhi, CPhys MInstP|
|Treasurer||Dr Andrew McKinley, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Emily Brunsden, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Andrea Jiménez Dalmaroni, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Jessie Durk, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Angela Dyson, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Nicolas Labrosse, FInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Professor Peter Main, FInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Edward Tarte, CPhys FInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Bianca Sala, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Helen Vaughan, MInstP|