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Higher Education Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. 

Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.  

About the group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we provide physics education members with meetings across the UK and Ireland and regularly organise joint physics events with other IOP groups. We also support members with links to professional networks, physics resources and blogs.

What interests us is: 

  • conceptual understanding in physics
  • subject-based physics in higher education research
  • degree accreditation 
  • influencing policy
  • sharing funding information
  • employability

What the group does

We develop networks with overseas groups with similar interests and encourage members to discuss their ideas or projects. We invite our members to apply for funding to organise meetings.

In 2018, we contributed to the IOP response to the post-18 review of education and funding (PDF, 327KB).

We also support networks of:

  • admission tutors
  • directors of teaching and learning
  • disability officers
  • heads of physics
  • outreach and public engagement
  • PhD supervisors
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Physics resources

Event resources

Annual General Meeting, University of Bristol, 21 August 2019:

Variety in Chemistry Education (VICE) and Physics Higher Education Conference (PHEC) Satellite Meeting, 21 August 2019, Bristol:

Regional meeting, 15 May 2019, Bristol:

Regional meeting, 26 November 2018, London:

Annual General Meeting, University of Sheffield, 22 August 2018:

Variety in Chemistry Education (VICE)/ Physics Higher Education Conference (PHEC) satellite meeting on Demographic gaps in recruitment, retention and attainment, University of Sheffield, 22 August 2018:

Regional Meeting, University of Glasgow 12 June 2018:

Technology-Enhanced Assessment, University of Edinburgh, 13 December 2016 - programme and abstracts (PDF, 237KB) by:

  • Barry Ryan
  • Paul Chin
  • Morag Casey
  • Sally Jordan
  • Chris Sangwin

Developments in Teaching Physics Students’ Computer Programming Skills, University of Sheffield, 2 June 2015:

Promoting learning through technology, University of Edinburgh, 23 October 2013:

Teaching of Thermodynamics Institute of Physics, 5 December 2012:

Group events

Find group events on the IOP events site. 


March 2020 (PDF, 265KB)
August 2019 (PDF, 380KB)
March 2019 (PDF, 4.6MB)


Our higher physics education blogs cover:

  • policy
  • events
  • research 
  • comment

Blogs are written by IOP staff, members and event speakers.

Committee and contacts

IOP Education: Policy and Projects

Institute of Physics Education: Policy and Projects

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