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Women in Physics

Women and gender minorities in Physics at Warwick

Warwick's support of women's careers in physics benefits the whole Department. The Department is working to attract women and gender minorities into Physics, both in academic, research and technical roles. It is also seeking to retain those who might otherwise leave a career in physics by introducing more flexibility into the workplace and, at the same time, creating a better work environment for all staff. There are a number of flexible working initiatives which are promoted and supported to encourage a healthy work life balance for our staff and students.

Women in Physics

We have a Women in Physics group which is an informal network for female and gender minority academics, research staff, technical staff, professional services staff and postgraduate and final year undergraduate students. The network hosts events throughout the year which range from informal catch ups and lunches to more formal talks and relevant film screenings. You can keep up to date with upcoming events on our events page. Some events are targeted to those within the groups outlined above, and other events are open to everyone for example to celebrate observance days.

'Women in Physics' group photo, taken on International Women's Day March 2023.

Staff and Student Profiles
Students at Warwick - Support for Female Undergraduate Students

All Physics undergraduate students are assigned a Personal Tutor who is a member of the academic staff, and he or she will normally remain their tutor throughout the student's time at Warwick. The Department endeavours to ensure that whenever possible, mixed gender tutorial groups are made up of at least two female and two male undergraduates.

There may be occasions when students would like to discuss personal matters with a member of staff who is of the same gender. In these situations, female students with a male tutor can contact any of our female members of academic staff.

Please see the Departmental Undergraduate HandbookLink opens in a new window and the links therein for more details on student support.

Nobel Prize Awarded WomenLink opens in a new window

Nobel Prizes awarded to women in Science.

Donna Strickland Link opens in a new windowwon the Nobel prize for Physics in 2018 alongside Arthur Ashkin and Gerard Mourou.


The Nobel Prize in Physics 1903

Marie CurieLink opens in a new window with Henri Becquerel and Pierre Curie.

Notable Women in Science and MathematicsLink opens in a new window


Emmy NoetherLink opens in a new window - an outstanding mathematician of the early 20th Century.

Contributions of Women to Modern PhysicsLink opens in a new window


Prof S Jocelyn Bell Burnell working with Antony Hewish et al. discovered the pulsar.