Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London is ranked joint 1st in London with an overall student satisfaction rate of 94 per cent, according to the latest results of a nationwide poll of final-year undergraduates.

Jim Cronin accepting a copy of the Physics of the B Factories during the 50 years of CP violation conference at QMUL

July 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of CP violation. This is a tiny difference between matter and antimatter that is vital for the Universe to have evolved into its matter dominated state. We heard about this discovery from one of the co-discoverers of the phenomenon, Jim Cronin. Following this talk Makoto Kobayashi, who with his collaborator Maskawa, wrote down our current model of CP violation in the CKM matrix told his part of the story. This was the start to a two day event at QMUL to explore the past (and future) studies during the 50 years of CP violation conference.

The School seeks to appoint an Electronic-Project Engineer ( to support the research undertaken by academics and research staff in PPRC.

Rebecca Fickling, PsiStar President

Rebecca Fickling recently won the President’s President Award for her work as the President of the PsiStar Society.

PsiStar is a large and active society and currently has 186 paid members. Rebecca has led the PsiStar committee in organising a strong and varied programme of events throughout the year, including a 200 person strong Physics and Astronomy Ball with food, wine and music. Other events include karaoke nights, summer BBQs, evening Physics and Astronomy guest lectures, trips to CERN in Switzerland, as well as the frequent pub-crawls!

Pint of Science festival poster

Queen Mary contribute to International Pint of Science Festival. Coming to a pub near you! The format is simple: 3 days of down-to-earth talks by top scientists in the most relaxed setting possible – the pub! With 14 universities participating and over 150 volunteers, Pint of Science Festival 2014 is not to be missed! Whether you’re a total nerd or simply enjoy a bit of a natter over some liquid refreshment, these talks will engage you with fascinating stories, discoveries and fun facts to amaze your mates.

March 12, 2014: Hyper-Kamiokande ( & is one of the top 27 projects (out of the 192 submitted) selected by the Japanese Science Council in the "Japanese Master Plan of Large Research Projects" ( - English version coming soon).

Alix Pryde

Abstract : You've heard of Medical Physics, Geophysics, Astrophysics... but have you ever thought about the vital role physics plays in showbiz? Alix Pryde is the BBC's Director of Distribution. She also has a PhD in solid state physics, completed under the supervision of QML's Professor Martin Dove.

The National Student Survey

The National Student Survey 2014 (NSS), of final year undergraduate students, officially opens at QM on Monday 13 January 2014 and closes on Wednesday 30 April 2014. The NSS website goes live on Monday 13 January, where students can complete the survey online:

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