page_image_key_factsLooking for a snapshot of what we’re about? Here you’ll find a few facts and figures about SEPnet, the universities and our European Masters programme to whet your appetite.

  • In 2008 we received a £12.5m grant over five years from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, to support innovative research, a collaborative Graduate School, lectures using video conferencing, regional employer engagement and a schools outreach programme
  • In 2013 we received a further £2.75m grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and £10.3m from our members to continue programmes from the first phase, to maintain and expand the network, to establish a dedicated regional graduate training programme for physics postgraduate students and address physics specific issues of student participation and diversity.
  • We’ve already gained the support of key partners, including STFC, and the Institute of Physics
HEFCE's Professor David Sweeney launching SEPnet Phase 2 at Parliament, July 2013

HEFCE’s Professor David Sweeney launching SEPnet Phase 2 at Parliament, July 2013


  • SEPnet research ranges from investigations into the most fundamental physics (from the smallest matter to the origins of the universe), to the physics of new materials, quantum computing, low temperature physics, nuclear medicine and space science
  • Our research collaboration integrates resources across the region for four main research themes: Atomic & Condensed Matter Physics, Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Radiation Detection & Instrumentation
  • LOFAR-UK, the first internationally significant new radio telescope in the UK for 40 years, would not have been possible without SEPnet funding and researchers


  • SEPnet Outreach provides teachers with access to curriculum resources and integrated programmes with partners such as AimHigher, STEMNET and the Institute of Physics
  • Last year, our brilliantly knowledgeable Outreach Officers made contact with nearly 40,000 school children, to show physics in action through engaging experiments and demonstrations
  • Since SEPnet was formed, overall undergraduate cohort numbers have risen by over 450, a near 50% increase across the network

Employer Engagement

  • SEPnet offers a ‘one-stop shop’ to employers in high-tech areas offering sponsored research opportunities, consultancy and use of facilities
  • SEPnet funds 30 undergraduates each year to undertake eight week projects in industry – a taster of real-life physics problems that improve students’ employability and offer insight into their career options

Graduate Network

  • Our Graduate School will integrate the research training of students across the region, as well as provide Masters courses, including the European Masters programme, and CPD to employers
  • Our European Masters in Physics programme is the only one of its kind in the UK, offering students the chance to study at their choice of six universities
  • The course follows the European method of study and lasts for two years