About SEPnet

About SEPnet

To most, the South East Physics Network is better known as SEPnet, a consortium of physics departments in nine universities. All working together to deliver excellence in physics, we're leading the way with a fresh approach to collaboration, teaching and research.

Our partners are, alphabetically:

Our associates are:

Our vision

Acting as a virtual department, our vision is to bring together the expertise of all seven universities, whilst maintaining autonomous, independent institutions. Supported by an initial five year HEFCE grant of £12.5m, followed by a second grant of £2.75m 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 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

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.

  • Higher Education Funding Council for England
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Kent
  • The Open University
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Queen Mary - University of London
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex