Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics is a scientific charity devoted to increasing the practice, understanding and application of physics. It has a worldwide membership of around 40, 000 and is a leading communicator of physics-related science to all audiences, from specialists through to government and the general public.

The IOP has been working closely with a number of physics departments to help realise the aims of the National HE STEM Programme. All projects align with the aims of the National HE STEM Programme:

• Widening participation by broadening the cohort of people choosing to study physics, by showcasing its varied career applications and relevance in the knowledge economy
• Improving the skills gained by undergraduates that are valued by employers, by developing innovative degree curricula
• Helping link employers to physics departments, through projects that involve undergraduates in real-life problems and greater feedback from industry.

Projects include:

  • Integrated Sciences: a new interdisciplinary degree combining the study of biology, chemistry and physics at degree level.
  • The Salford Degree: tying together physics learning with its application in the workplace through greater links with industry.  
  • Industrial Group Projects: promoting stronger links between universities and employers and helping match graduates’ skills with employers’ needs
  • Career Video Clips: revealing the breadth of career options that are available to students who continue studying physics at A-Level and beyond.
  • Biological Physics: a series of independent modules from which lecturers can ‘pick and choose’ to supplement their own degree courses.
  • Problem-based learning: improving students’ learning by solving problems through group work and real world enquiry and thought.
  • A guide to Good Practice in Public Engagement with Physics: this booklet helps an organiser produce a high quality public engagement activity by leading them through all phases of the process – development, delivery and evaluation.

Contacts at the Institute of Physics