Particle Physics


The NExT Institute – Creating New connections between Experiment and Theory

As new findings continue to emerge from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland, discoveries are no longer confined to specialist industry publications and lectures. They’re now front page headlines across the world. That’s why, as experiments at CERN continue to make global news, and historical breakthroughs become ever more frequent, we’re focusing on forging even stronger links between experimentalists and theorists.

PhD Programmes

For information on our Postgraduate Research programmes and SEPnet PhD Scholarships please see here.

An incubator for interaction

As this arrival of new data calls for rapid interpretation, and a new approach to collaboration, the NExT Institute is providing the environment for these interactions to happen. We link university experts with potentially groundbreaking projects, and support joint working on the discovery process of new physics and exploitation of data on a global scale.

Our strong collaborative environment also nurtures individual relationships between Institute members, and we hold joint seminar meetings once a term, involving every department.

Our history

The NExT Institute was created by the High Energy Physics group at the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Southampton and the Particle Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, now part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Then in 2008, following a £1.5m grant, the NExT Institute expanded. Now including the Particle Physics group at the Royal Holloway, University of London and the theoretical and experimental Particle Physics groups at the University of Sussex, the Institute plays a key role in developing both our international visitor programme and innovative Graduate School.

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