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Prof Tim Roberts, B.Sc., Ph.D., PG Cert

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Reader in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43767
Room number: ocw123

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Responsibilities within department

Current: Director of Education; Physics in Society Module Leader

Previous: Health & Safety committee; Teaching Review committee; Admissions selector; L4 course director; General Problems paper committee chair; Assessment & Feedback Committee

Teaching activity

Current: L2 Physics in Society tutor; L3 Planetary Systems lecture course; L4 project supervisor.

Previous: L1 Phases of Matter lecture course; L1 Astrobiology lecture course; L1 Thermodynamics lecture course; L1 tutor; L2 tutor; L2 labs; L3 General Problems class organiser; L4 project moderator; Postgrad lectures on Black Holes.

Research Groups

Department of Physics

Research Interests

  • Ultraluminous X-ray sources
  • The X-ray emission of nearby normal galaxies
  • Starburst galaxies
  • Low-luminosity active galactic nuclei


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Selected Grants

  • 2020: Astronomy Consolidated Grant 2020-2023 CEA (£2408347.17 from Ernest Rutherford Fellowship)
  • 2013: A programme of astronomical instrumentation and high energy astrophysics at Durham 2013-2015 (£961829.80 from STFC)