A snapshot of what we do …

  • SEPnet’s Outreach and Public Engagement programme provides teachers with supported access to curriculum resources and integrated programmes with partners such as the Ogden TrustSTEMNET and the Institute of Physics
    Did you know that
      … 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?
    Did you know that … since SEPnet was formed, overall undergraduate cohort numbers have risen by nearly 50% across the network?
  • SEPnet’s postgraduate training network – GRADnet – provides PhD and MSc by Research students across SEPnet with a wide range of discipline-focussed Advanced Physics Schools and other professional development opportunities.
    Did you know that … GRADnet is England’s largest postgraduate physics training programme?
  • All of SEPnet’s activities set out above benefit from a large, collaborative  employer engagement network, with physics Employer Engagement Officers based in each university, and with industry providing specialist training and placements for SEPnet students.
    Did you know that … almost 100 SEPnet undergraduates undertake paid summer placements each year?
  • Research in SEPnet ranges from investigations into the most fundamental physics, encompassing matter from its smallest subatomic scales to the entire universe, and its interactions and dynamics. The research relates to the physics of new materials, quantum computing, low temperature physics, nuclear medicine, space science, the atmosphere and climate, … pretty well everything.
    Did you know thatLOFAR-UK, the first internationally significant new radio telescope in the UK for 40 years, would not have been possible without SEPnet funding and researchers?

You can find out some of what is on from the GRADnet Programme and from the SEPnet events calendar.

… and how we do it

SEPnet is committed to equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We support SEPnet partners to adopt and share best practice in gender equality, and by obtaining recognition for that work via the Institute of Physics’ Project Juno and applying for Athena SWAN award recognition.


A few milestones from our 10+ year history

  • 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, working with the support of key partners including STFC and the Institute of Physics.
  • In 2018, SEPnet Phase III commenced, marking the beginning of a third 5-year term.
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