School staff collect Juno Champion award at the Institute of Physics for work in diversity and equality

Dr Jeanne Wilson and Dr Marcella Bona collected QMUL’s JUNO Champion Award last night at the IoP Awards Dinner.

The School of Physics and Astronomy was the 13th Physics Department in the UK to be awarded Juno Champion status after implementing various initiatives to improve equality and diversity in the School, in particular focusing on the retention of women in Physics. The Juno Assessment panel commended our detailed data analysis and efforts to embed diversity issues into every-day School activities including our “You said, We Did” webpages, the Maternity Plus scheme, gender monitoring of student coursework and attendance, and real-time gender monitoring of recruitment activities.

Dr Jeanne Wilson and Dr Marcella Bona collected QMUL’s JUNO Champion Award last night at the IoP Awards Dinner.

Furthermore, the School has also been awarded the Athena Swan Silver award in recognition of these activities, which will be presented in December this year.

Nobel Prize in Physics recognises work in major research area for QMUL

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics recognises important advances in neutrino physics, a major research area for the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

The Prize, awarded to Takaaki Kajita in Japan and Arthur B. McDonald in Canada, marks significant contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos oscillate between two different identities and therefore must have mass.

The announcement comes as a boon to QMUL’s neutrino physicists, who work at T2K and Hyper-Kamiokande in Japan and SNO+ in Canada, experiments developed from the original facilities used in the prize-winning research, Super-Kamiokande, and SNO, respectively.

QMUL’s Dr Jeanne Wilson, who previously worked under Arthur MacDonald, highlighted the significance of the award.

Network Geometry

Networks are mathematical structures that are universally used to describe a large variety of complex systems such as the brain or the  Internet. Characterizing the geometrical properties of these networks  has become increasingly relevant for routing problems, inference and  data mining. In real growing networks, topological, structural and  geometrical properties emerge spontaneously from their dynamical rules. Here we show that a single two parameter  model of emergent network geometry, constructed by gluing triangles, can generate complex network geometries with non-trivial distribution of  curvatures, combining exponential growth and small-world properties  with finite spectral dimensionality.

Public Lecture on Exoplanets

Professor Richard Nelson in the QMUL Observatory

The next in our series of public lectures will be on Wed 21 Oct at 18:00 and will given by Professor Richard Nelson, who will be discussing the 20 years of research in extrasolar planets. More on this event and how to reserve your free place can be found here.

Professor William Gillin’s inaugural lecture: Material Miracles

Professor William Gillin’s inaugural lecture: Material Miracles

The QMUL Inaugural Lecture Series gives you the opportunity to meet our professors.

Professor William Gillin, Professor of Experimental Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy, will be holding his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 25 November at 7pm, with a drinks reception to follow. The lecture will take place in Skeel Lecture Theatre, Mile End campus.

Professor William Gillin’s inaugural lecture will look at how technological breakthroughs are based on developments in the fabrication of new materials. This lecture will highlight some examples of the ways materials have influenced the modern world and go on to explain the current research that may lead to future miracles.

Welcome Week 2015

Welcome to the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary, University of London. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our new and returning students in September 2015. These pages will contain all of the most recent information to assist with your enrolment at Queen Mary. Please check back regularly as more information and links will be added on a regular basis. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us either via email at physics [at] or via telephone at 020 7882 6417.


The QMUL Particle Physics Research Center (PPRC) is hosting the QCD@LHC conference, from the 1st to 5th of September. With the discovery of the Higgs boson and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) providing collisions at the unprecedented energy of 13 TeV, high-energy physics has entered a new era. The main goals of the LHC are the detailed exploration of the Higgs properties and the extensive exploration of the energy frontier in the search for new physics beyond the Standard Model. At the LHC, uncertainties are dominated by strong interaction physics, Quantum Chromodynamics(QCD).

National Student Survey Results 2015

Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London is ranked first in London for student satisfaction for the second year in a row, according to the results of a nationwide poll of final-year undergraduates.

The 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) questioned UK undergraduates on various aspects of their student experience, including their overall satisfaction.  Physics and Astronomy students at Queen Mary had a 95% satisfaction rate, amongst some of the highest in the country.   Our students are also amongst the most satisfied in the Russell Group with satisfaction rates in the top quartile for all physics programmes. 

The School of Physics and Astronomy strives to provide a friendly supportive environment and is committed to the highest levels of teaching and student support.