1 February 2019

A new international study finds that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, a deep ocean process that plays a key role in regulating Earth’s climate, is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe. In a departure from the prevailing scientific view, the study shows that most of the overturning and variability is occurring not in the Labrador Sea off Canada, as past modelling studies have suggested, but in regions between Greenland and Scotland.

15 January 2019

Congratulations to Sir Alex Halliday who has been knighted for services to Science and Innovation in the New Year's Honours list for 2019.

Alexander Halliday FRS, Visiting Professor of Geochemistry at the Department of Earth Sciences and recently Head of Oxford’s Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences Division, is knighted for services to science and innovation.

To see the full list please click here

15 January 2019

The Royal Astronomical Society has given the Galaxy Zoo team – including the volunteers who have made the project the success it is – their Group Achievement Award for 2019.

Citation for the 2019 RAS Group Achievement Award:

15 January 2019

Inaugural Brebis Bleaney Memorial Lecture
Electron Paramagnetic Resonance: Past, Present and Future
Prof Mark Newton
Department of Physics, University of Warwick

3.30pm on 22 February 2019
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory

30 November 2018

Our latest Department newsletter is now available to download in PDF format here (the file may not display correctly with Firefox/Chrome pdf viewers -- in this case save a file and open it with e.g. Acrobat reader or Preview).

Have a look at the wide range of work that we do in front-line research, teaching, public outreach and school education.

14 November 2018

Congratulations to Prof. Michael Johnston who will be awarded the Harrie Massey Medal and Prize in December.

This is a silver medal from the Institute of Physics which is awarded in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Physics (

19 September 2018

The University of Oxford has marked the opening of the Beecroft Building, a new 8,950sqm building for experimental and theoretical physics.

World wide web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee and donor Adrian Beecroft joined the Chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, to officially open the new state-of-the-art facility located in Oxford University’s science area in Parks Road.

7 September 2018


Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS, a member of the Astrophysics group in the Department of Physics at Oxford, was chosen by a panel of leading scientists to receive the $3m (£2.3m) Special Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics for her landmark work on pulsars and a lifetime of inspiring leadership in the scientific community.

28 August 2018

A new milestone in the study of the Higgs boson

ATLAS observes elusive Higgs boson decay to a pair of bottom quarks, a confirmation of the ‘Yukawa couplings’

By Prof Daniela Bortoletto. 28 August 2018, Geneva


19 July 2018

The Rumford Medal 2018 is awarded to Professor Ian Walmsley FRS for pioneering work in the quantum control of light and matter on ultrashort timescales, especially the invention and application of new techniques for characterization of quantum and classical light fields.

Professor Walmsley will be awarded a medal of silver gilt, accompanied by a gift of £2,000 at the Royal Society's Anniversary Day in November 2018.

Congratulations Ian!