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Dr Philippa Petts

Assistant Professor (Teaching)

PhD, MPhys, SFHEA, PGCAP, MInstP, CPhys

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Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the Department of Physics101+44 (0) 191 33 43677


Pippa graduated with an MPhys from the University of York in 2006. She then stayed on to study for a PhD in Experimental Nuclear Structure within the Nuclear Physics Group. On completion, she moved into the nuclear industry working for several years in the area of radiation detection and measurement.

Pippa returned to academia in 2013 to become a teaching fellow at Durham. Subsequently, she became an Assistant Professor of Physics (Teaching) and has an interest in all areas of Physics Teaching and Learning. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP). Pippa is Head of Section of the Physics Education Group and regularly works on STEM related pedagogy research and innovation. She also maintains a connection with the nuclear industry, frequently working on collaborative projects. 

Research interests

  • Physics Pedagogy
  • Nuclear Physics

Awarded Grants

  • 2015: Troublesome Concepts in First Year Physics(£2351.00 from Institute of Physics)

Esteem Indicators

  • 2021: External Examiner: University of Hull (4 year appointment, 2021- present) ;
  • 2020: Durham Women Making a Difference: I was named as a Durham Women Making a Difference at the 2020 awards to coincide with International Women's Day.
  • Professional Memberships: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academcy (SFHEA) and member of the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE). I am a member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP) and became a Chartered Physicist (CPhys) in 2019.