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Information for members during COVID-19

This is an online ‘hub’ for members signposting to advice and support throughout this period. If you have ideas for more ways in which we can support you, please do let us know.


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Online events and talks for the physics community

How the IOP is supporting access to knowledge and networking opportunities through online events.

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Contacting the IOP

To contact the IOP team please get in touch with your usual IOP contact or via the relevant email address.

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Maintaining your CPD during COVID-19

We are doing everything we can to support our members through this period and one way is by continuing your continuing professional development (CPD). 

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Benevolent Fund

If you have been financially impacted by COVID-19, the Benevolent Fund may be able to offer assistance.

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IOP member consultation on key priorities

Help us to understand and address the issues affecting physics and physicists as a result of the ongoing impact of COVID-19

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Stories from physicists helping to tackle COVID-19

Showcasing stories from physicists who are using their physics knowledge to help tackle some of the many challenges COVID-19 brings.

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Do Try This at Home: help spread the word

A new series of physics activities and demonstration videos to support parents and carers of primary school-age children. Help us reach as many parents as possible.

Find out more and watch the videos
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Physics World: news for the physics community

Matin Durrani, Editor-in-chief at Physics World, writes about the positive impact that Physics World has had during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a source of daily news for the physics community.

Read more and view Physics World resources

General information

Latest government information on COVID-19:

NHS advice on how to stay safe and check your symptoms.

How businesses can support the COVID-19 response

In the UK:

In the Republic of Ireland

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Financial support for businesses

Information for the UK including:

Note that some aspects of business support are devolved. Please see here for business support for ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

Other sources of business support:

Information about employees in the public sector, or for self-employed people

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
Find out more about the package.

Support for self-employed people in Wales

Official guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Sign up for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) bulletins for business and employer support updates.

Local business support and guidance

There is a network of 38 Business Growth Hubs across England which are local public/private sector partnerships led by the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). They join up national and local business support so it is easy for businesses to find the help they need.  

Information for academics and researchers

Visit UK Research and Innovation for the latest information about how to submit research proposals, reprioritise current grants and guidance for grant holders.

View the COVID-19 Research Project Tracker launched by UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) and Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R).

Support and resources for teachers and technicians

Information for apprentices

Apprentices should phone the National Apprenticeship Service for advice. They can be reached on: 0800 0150 600 or email helpdesk@manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk

Department for Education/ Education and Skills Funding Agency helpline

The Department have set up a Coronavirus helpline for education related queries. You can get in touch via 0800 046 8687 between 8am-6pm (Monday to Friday), or by emailing DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk.