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Department of Physics

Staff profile

Prof Nigel Glover, FRS

Professor in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43602
Room number: OC201
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 43658
Room number: OC204

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Responsibilities within department

Director of Research

Research interests

I am a member of the Centre for Particle Theory and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology. I work on the phenomenology of high energy particle interactions, particularly the strong and electroweak interactions with an emphasis on precision predictions of quantities that can be studied in current or forthcoming high energy experiments.


My interest in high energy particle physics dates from approximately 10.20 a.m. on the 17th November 1981 during a 3rd year lecture at Cambridge when Richard Ansorge explained that all matter was made of quarks and leptons. Shortly thereafter I began work on a Ph.D. under the enthusiastic direction of Professor Alan Martin FRS at Durham.

The main goals were (and still are) to study the fundamental forces and particles of nature using information gained in high energy particle physics experiments. My PhD thesis was titled Studies in high energy proton-antiproton collisions. This research has taken me back to Cambridge (185-87) and to the major international accelerator laboratories at CERN, Geneva (1987-89) and Fermilab, Batavia (1989-91). In 1991 I returned to Durham. I was promoted to Reader in 1996 and to Professor in 2002 and have since held a PPARC Senior Fellowship (2003-6) and a Wolfson Research Merit Award (2008-13). I was Director of the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (2005-10) and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013.

From 1 January 2014 I will coordinate the EU Framework 7 Initial Training Network HiggsTools which aims to provide excellent initial training to young researchers in the field of high energy particle physics, paving the road for new discoveries about the fundamental nature of the Universe at a time when new discoveries are expected, and when the new Standard Model of Particle Physics is going to be forged. I am also the PI for an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant (2014-19) MCatNNLO which aims to make more precise predictions for physical observables at the LHC and other particle collider experiments, thereby leading to a more precise extraction of fundamental physics parameters, such as the couplings of the Higgs boson to other fundamental particles.

Research Groups

  • Elementary Particle Theory

Selected Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 2015: HEPData 2.0: new technologies and services (£347361.06 from STFC)
  • 2014: MCatNNLO: High Precision Simulation of particle collisions at the LHC (£823531.43 from European Commission)
  • 2014: THE HIGGS QUEST - EXPLORING ELECTROWEAK (£161545.89 from European Commission)
  • 2014: The Higgs Quest - exploring electroweak symmetry breaking at the LHC (£159554.71 from European Commission)
  • 2014: The Higgs Quest - exploring electroweak symmetry breaking at the LHC (£646939.22 from European Commission)