Research in particle theory has been going on at Durham since 1963. The Centre for Particle Theory was established in 1988 to bring together activity in the departments of mathematics and physics. The Centre is one of the largest particle theory groups in the UK, with research activity spanning the whole range from analysis relevant to experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to fundamental studies of the nature of spacetime and gravity. The Centre includes the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP), established in 2000, which plays an internationally leading role in the theoretical understanding of the results of current experiments.
The centre is led by two co-directors, one in mathematics (currently Simon Ross) and one in physics (currently Keith Ellis, also director of the IPPP). It currently has 34 permanent members, and more than 60 research staff and students. The centre continues to grow - see our jobs page for openings, and graduate studies to learn about studying in the centre.