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Durham University

Department of Physics

Contact with staff

If you have any questions on the subject or are experiencing difficulties with a particular lecture course, you should consult the member of staff giving the course as soon as possible. The consultation may be:

  • immediately after the lecture;
  • by calling on the lecturer concerned in his or her office;
  • by email;
  • by making an appointment with the lecturer at a mutually convenient time.

For general help and advice on academic matters please speak with your academic adviser.

Directors of Studies

In each academic year, there is a Director of Studies with responsibility for overseeing the teaching in that year. The Directors of Studies are:

Each of these people chairs regular meetings of the Level's course team, where details of syllabus compatibility, coherence and level are examined and refined. They are all members of the Departmental Education Committee, which reports to the Board of Studies in Physics where major policy issues are decided.

Director of Education

The Department’s Director of Education, Professor Tim Roberts (Room OCW123), works in association with the Directors of Studies at each Level to oversee the whole of the Department’s teaching programme. He is Director of Undergraduate Studies and also represents the Board of Studies in Physics at the meetings of the Faculty of Science Sub-Committee of the University’s Education Committee.

Learning and Teaching Manager

The Department's Learning and Teaching Manager (formerly Teaching Administrator), Mr Adrian Skelton (Room 13), acts as Course Adviser for all Levels. He is available and willing to discuss any general aspects of the courses with you. If you have any doubts about suitability of a course to your interests or abilities, he will offer specific advice. If you have difficulties which cannot be resolved by the lecturers or your tutor, you should discuss the matter with the Learning and Teaching Manager. He will consult with the Director of Studies to ensure that help is given.

Natural Sciences Liaison Officer

The Deputy Head of the Faculty of Science manages the Natural Sciences programme on a day-to-day basis. In addition, there is a Liaison Officer in each department to give subject-specific guidance to Natural Sciences students. The Natural Sciences Liaison Officer in the Department of Physics is Dr Pippa Petts (Room 101). There is a dedicated web page with information and FAQs about Natural Sciences within the Department of Physics.

Staff–Student Consultative Committee

The Board of Studies has a Staff–Student Consultative Committee to provide an effective means of communication between staff and students. The Committee meets once per term. It has student representatives from each year and if you have issues you wish to raise, you should contact your year representatives. Find out more about the SSCC

Director of Postgraduate Studies

The Department's Director of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Dave Alexander (Room 335), works in association with the Director of Education to oversee the Department’s postgraduate programme. He chairs the meetings of the Postgraduate Studies Committee and is a member of the Education Committee.