page_image_aboutSEPnet is the South East Physics Network, a consortium of physics departments in nine universities. We work together to deliver excellence in physics, and we’re leading the way with a fresh approach to collaboration, teaching and research.
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Our vision

Acting as a virtual department, our vision is to bring together the expertise of all nine universities, whilst maintaining autonomous, independent institutions. Supported by a ten year HEFCE grant of £15.2m, we’re achieving this through four main initiatives:

  • An outreach programme to increase student interest and enrolment in physics
  • Development of a combined Graduate School offering a regional programme of Physics PhD Training and a two year MSc in Physics, based on the European ECTS system
  • A collaborative research programme at PhD level
  • A programme of employer engagement to increase our graduate skills base, explore industry-education partnerships, and support employability initiatives

Each takes us a step closer to promoting the benefits of physics to students and businesses alike, throughout South East England and beyond. More specifically, this includes:

  • Research training and joint postgraduate teaching at our collaborative Graduate School
  • Research on four main themes (Atomic & Condensed Matter, Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Radiation Detection & Instrumentation), attuned to the strengths and needs of the region and providing opportunities for cross-regional collaboration
  • Building links with regional employers to benefit our research, teaching and national economy
  • Collaborative development of curriculum materials at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • A programme of support and information for schools and the public to promote physics

The SEPnet consortium is to continue into its third phase after July 2018 when the HEFCE funding finishes.

Explore the site further to gain a deeper insight into our diverse remit, as well as information on how to benefit from all that SEPnet has to offer.

Please note that as of April 2018, the functions of HEFCE have been taken over by the Office for Students.