What’s inside a black hole? — the next School of Physics and Astronomy public talk

Dr Masaki Shigemori will give the next SPA public talk at 7:00 pm on Thursday 22 March. He will describe what we know so far about black holes and will explain how the novel physics behind string theory may shed some light on their interior workings. This talk will take you into a colourful world of strange and mind-boggling concepts, at the very limits of what we can know about the Universe. 

The talk will be held in the physics lecture theatre in the G O Jones building on Queen Mary’s Mile End campus. It will be suitable for a general, non-specialist audience, so if you are not (yet) an expert on black holes, you will be very welcome to come and take your first steps into this weird and wonderful world.

Postgraduate Taught Open Evening

Find out why MSc study might be great for your career and what our programmes in physics or astronomy could offer you.

7th February, 4.30-7.30

Mile End Campus

This event is in two parts, a general open event with information stands, and a physics and astronomy breakout session with talks and Q+A. Please book places on one or both parts depending on your interest.

To attend our general event, chat with staff from the School of Physics and Astronomy and visit information stands related to other aspects of postgraduate study...

book a place at our Postgraduate Taught Open Evening

To attend talks from the directors of our postgraduate programmes and find out why an MSc could be for you...

Prof. William Gillin shortlisted for QMUL Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Prof. William Gillin of the School of Physics and Astronomy and Director of QMUL’s Materials Research Institute has been shortlisted for the Bruce Dickinson Entrepreneur of the Year Award. His nomination stems from the establishment, in June 2017, of a spin-out company called Chromosol, which aims to revolutionise optical communication networks. 

Optical communication is the future of high speed data networks and is already being used for long distance data transfer. However, the technology is relatively expensive and hence datacentres frequently rely on electrical connections for shorter distance links, leading to a bottleneck in the data transfer rate and the generation of wasted energy.

Innovative Training Network SAGEX


The Centre for Research in String Theory has been invited to coordinate the preparation of the grant agreement of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network of the European Commission: SAGEX "Scattering Amplitudes: from Geometry to Experiment". 

The network will support 15 Early-Stage Researcher (ESR)  PhD positions to begin in 2018/19.

The positions will all last three years, and will be hosted at the following beneficiaries:

QMUL astronomer helps to find dormant black hole

Queen Mary astronomer Dr Guillem Anglada Escudé is a member of an international team of astronomers who have used a novel method to find a black hole hiding in a nearby group of stars. Most black holes we know about were identified by the intense radiation emitted from hot gas falling into the black hole; but now the astronomers have been able to detect a “dormant” black hole that is not actively swallowing material. They did this by looking for the gravitational effect it has on a visible star.

Six PhD positions in Theoretical Physics at CRST for 2018

Funded PhD positions in all groups within the School of Physics and Astronomy for October 2018 start.

For more information and details on how to apply click here.

Five Royal Society awards in the School

Royal Society Awards in the SPA

Congratulations to David Mulryne (Astronomy Unit), and Matt Buican, Ricardo Monteiro, Costis Papageorgakis and Congkao Wen (Centre for Research in String Theory) for their remarkable success on being awarded a Royal Society Fellow Enhancement  Award. Their awards will host five PhD studentships in the School. 

Busy night for QMUL staff at SEPnet Public Engagement Awards

Martin Archer and Guillem Anglada-Escudé were awarded first place in two out of a total of 6 categories at the biennial SEPnet Public Engagement awards, with Martin Archer also highly commended in another category.

The Impact Award, given to Martin Archer for the SPA's Research in Schools programme, recognised the careful work done by Martin in developing the research projects and overall programme and quantitatively evaluating its impact on participants’ understanding of the underlying research.