Yorkshire & North East

Yorkshire, Durham, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland

Our workshops are run at no cost to schools or participants. You can also contact your local Physics Network Coordinator to request a workshop on a topic of your choice, or to host a regional session.






Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes? - A free talk from Dr Suzie Imber

Bolton School Girls' Division

18 April 2018
6:30pm - 8:15pm

Contact Brendan Ickringill to book a place.


Dr. Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor at the University of Leicester, specialising in studying the environments of the planets in our solar system, particularly the Earth (‘Space Weather’) and Mercury. She will talk about the upcoming European Space Agency BepiColombo mission to Mercury, and the instrument built at the University that will be on board, as well as discuss the threat to society posed by significant space weather events at the Earth.

Suzie is also a high altitude mountaineer, and will talk about her research discovering new mountains, as well as her recent expedition to the Andes. Finally, Suzie was the winner of the BBC Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes series, where she was spun in a centrifuge, took her own blood, visited a NASA research facility on the ocean floor in Florida, and experienced a microgravity flight. She will discuss the wide range of skills tested in this competition, and share what she learned from the experience.

This event is open to the public.

Refreshments served from 6:30pm.

A day for everyone teaching Physics (Durham)

The Department of Physics, Durham University

27 June 2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Book your place on TalkPhysics.


This popular day for everyone teaching physics is a mix of practical workshops, inspiring talks and networking.

Sessions concentrate on ideas to use in your labs and classrooms.

Further details regarding the event will be available in due course but you can book now.

South Yorkshire Day for everyone Teaching Physics (Sheffield)

Tapton School, Sheffield
S10 5RG

28 June 2018
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Book your place on TalkPhysics.


A day for everyone teaching Physics, specialist or non specialist, in and around Sheffield . A mix of workshops, lectures, new ideas, practicals together with convivial networking designed to enhance your skills in engaging the next generation of young people with physics.

This is a free day being jointly supported by the IOP and Tapton school. Lunch is provided.

Full details of the programme and the booking form will be published here but you can book now.

Stimulating Physics Network’s York Summer School Year 1

National STEM Learning Centre, York
YO10 5DD

13 August - 16 August 2018

Book your place on TalkPhysics.


Our First Year programme covers core topics such as electricity, energy and forces. You’ll be exposed to a range of ideas and resources to address Physics teaching issues, including gender balance in the classroom.

This Summer School is for teachers at Stimulating Physics Network schools whose specialism is not physics.

If you’re new to our Summer Schools, then this is the course for you.

Stimulating Physics Network’s York Summer School Year 2

National STEM Learning Centre, York
YO10 5DD

13 August - 16 August 2018

Book your place on TalkPhysics.


The second year programme builds on the foundations laid in the first year course and introduces new topics including radioactivity, momentum and electromagnetism.

This Summer School is for teachers at Stimulating Physics Network schools whose specialism is not physics.

If you’ve attended the First Year previously, then this Second Year course is for you.

Science Ambassador Training Day – Sunderland

Sunderland College Bede Campus

10 October 2018
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Book your place on TalkPhysics.


A full day of training for groups of up to ten Year 7, 8 & 9 students from your school run by the IOP and York University with support from mentors and STEM ambassadors.

The day includes:

– Team building activities;
– Practical activities and confidence building;
– Presentation skills training;
– Group presentations and feedback;

– A set of teaching resources to use with your ambassador group, including information on problem solving and gender stereotypes.

Each school can bring up to 10 pupils, we would encourage you to bring all-girl groups or ensure at least 50% of the group are female.

Please book one space for your school (for up to 10 students).

West Yorkshire

Request this workshop in 2018


Making something abstract concrete is a useful tool for those teaching physics. Cloud chambers allow students to see the paths that ionising radiation has travelled. In this workshop you get to make a take away a cloud chamber big enough for a group of people to see into. You'll also get ideas for getting the most out of your dry ice.

Your regional team

Andy Bullough

Higher Education Liaison Officer


0114 225 3720

Rachel Hartley

TLC Team Leader


07920 291 896

Teaching and Learning Coaches (IOP)

Bob Kiddle


07850 311 220

David McKean


07720 084 415

Michael Rolley


07850 311 226

Ruth Wiltsher


07850 311 228

School-based Physics Coaches and Lead Schools

Cara Hutton, Skiption Girls' High School


Les Lambert, St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School & Sixth Form College


Tim Clark, Notre Dame High School


Link+ School

Michelle Duffy, Carmel College


Physics Network Coordinators

Ruth Wiltsher


Geoffrey Heywood


Gender Balance Officers

Jenny Search


Sasa Metcalfe





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