Strategy & Structure

Collectively, SUPA forms the largest cluster of physics researchers in the UK.


The Graduate School (GS) has around 600 PhD students currently registered. Over 50 advanced specialist and professional development courses, corresponding to over 800 hours of lectures, are delivered annually via a network of video classrooms. 

Organisational Structure

SUPA is governed by a Board of Directors (BoD) at Vice-Principal level.  SUPA also receives strategic guidance from an International Advisory Committee (IAC).

 The SUPA Executive Committee (EC) is formed from senior physics representatives from each of the partner institutions.  The Executive Committee concentrates on the strategic direction of SUPA and has strong links to SUSSP and SUPA Associate Members.

SUPA's themes reflect research strengths in the eight partner universities.  The themes are:  Astronomy & Space Sciences, Condensed Matter & Materials Sciences, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, Photonics and Plasma Physics, Energy and Physics & Life Sciences.  Each theme has a theme leader. 

The Graduate School Committee makes operational decisions regarding the courses.  Each university has a Graduate School Committee member. 

An Operations Manager, supported by SUPA staff, co-ordinates the operation of SUPA. 


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