13 March 2018


The Access and Academic Affairs team at Oxford Student Union launched a project this academic year to try to encourage and support students who get involved in access work throughout the Collegiate University. As part of this project they awarded certificates of recognition alongside a letter of thanks to students who have made a contribution to access and outreach at Oxford.

13 March 2018

Researchers have discovered that input-output maps, which are widely used throughout science and engineering to model systems ranging from physics to finance, are strongly biased toward producing simple outputs. The results are surprising, as naïvely there is no reason to suspect that one output should be more likely than any other.

1 March 2018

Researchers Vera Schäfer and Dr Chris Ballance in Professor David Lucas's group have set a new speed record for the 'logic gates' that form the building blocks of quantum computing – a technology that could transform the way we process information.

21 February 2018

Congratulation to Dr Kerri Donaldson Hanna who has been awarded the 2018 Winton Award for Geophysics by the Royal Astronomical Society.

16 February 2018

Professor Walmsley took up the role of President of the Optical Society of America (OSA) on 1st January this year, having been elected to the role of Vice-President in 2016.

12 February 2018

The decision to run down the Physics departmental email service and to use the University Nexus system instead was taken some years ago but the department had to wait until the system could provide sufficient storage to absorb our existing mailboxes. Nexus is now about to move into a cloud based service known as Nexus 365 which has a number of benefits, not least significantly larger mailbox storage which will enable that process. You can find out more about Nexus 365, including FAQ, here.

7 February 2018

The annual MPLS Impact Awards aim to foster and raise awareness of impact by rewarding it at a local level, and prepare the ground for the impact case studies that will be needed for REF 2021, and future similar exercises. This year’s awards were presented at the MPLS Winter Reception on the 6th February at Mansfield College, with the winners receiving a pay award of £1,000 (minus taxes).

Oxford Physicists won awards in three out of the four categories!

29 January 2018

Congratulations to Hintze Research Fellow Rebecca Bowler who has been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society 2018 Winton Award for Astronomy.