Physics to be funded by £12.5m

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is to provide six university departments in south east England with £12.5m of funding to promote and sustain physics provision


The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is to provide six university departments in south east England with £12.5m of funding to promote and sustain physics provision and develop and support the regional and national economy. Universities and partner organisations will provide additional funding of £27.8m over the next seven years.



The project involves KentUniversity, Southampton University, Sussex University, SurreyUniversity, RoyalHollowayUniversityand QueenMaryUniversity, London.



The consortium will be led by an independent chair and will support four main collaborative research themes. It will have a graduate school and outreach programme to stimulate interest in the subject among pupils in the region’s schools; and a knowledge transfer programme, which will include a one-stop shop to regional employers with a special focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.



Leading researcher Prof Eastwood said: ‘By working in collaboration they can raise the quality of teaching and research, building on the strengths of the individual departments, and broaden the contribution of physics through both research and the development of highly skilled students.’