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Dr Philippa Petts, PhD (Experimental Nuclear Physics), MPhys, PGCAP, MInstP, CPhys

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Physics

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Pippa graduated with an MPhys from the University of York in 2006. She then stayed on to study for a PhD in Experimental Nuclear Structure within the Nuclear Group. On completion, she moved into the nuclear industry working for several years in the area of radiation detection. Pippa returned to academia in 2013 to become a teaching fellow at Durham. Subsequently, she became an Assistant Professor of Physics (Teaching) and has a interest in all areas of Physics pedagogy. She also maintains a connection with the nuclear industry frequently working on collaborative projects. 

Research Interests

  • Nuclear Physics
  • Physics Pedagogy

Teaching Areas

  • Bridge project supervisor
  • L4 project supervisor
  • Level 1 laboratory supervisor
  • Level 1 Physics tutor
  • Level 3 laboratory supervisor
  • Natural Science Liaison Officer

Selected Grants

  • 2015: Troublesome Concepts in First Year Physics (£2351.00 from Institute of Physics)