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Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences includes the schools of Chemistry, Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science and Physics and Astronomy. The faculty is also home to the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, incorporating the Optoelectronics Research Centre.

The faculty's cleanrooms have the UK’s best photonics fabrication capabilities and nanoelectronics, and are just one example of our unique facilities. We are also home to the UK’s National X-ray Crystallography Service and the R.J. Mitchell Wind Tunnel, which is used extensively by industries such as motorsport, automotive, aerospace, marine, maritime and performance sport. Our High Voltage Laboratory is a world-class centre for research into dielectric materials, insulation systems and high voltage phenomena, and we are using the world’s fastest parallel supercomputers to predict high energy physics with unprecedented precision.

We have excellent rankings in the league tables across all our subjects: 

Guardian University Guide 2019

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Visit our school sites below to find out more about our subject specialisms and facilities.

Key people

Dean of Faculty, Engineering and Physical Sciences: Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi

Executive Assistant to the Dean: Richard Barnes 

Faculty Director of Graduate School: Professor Nick Evans

Associate Director of Faculty Operations: Jennie Calder-Smith

Head of Faculty Finance: Simon Mason 

Faculty Academic Registrar: Nasseem Fazel-Hamedani/Lesley Anne Adams 

HR Business Partner: Karen Proctor

Associate Deans 

Associate Dean of Education: Professor Mark French

Associate Dean of Research: Professor Robert Wood 

Associate Dean of Enterprise: Professor Ian Williams  

Associate Dean of International: Professor Mark Zwolinski 

Associate Dean of Academic Infrastructure: Professor Michael Butler 

Heads of School

Head of School, Chemistry: Professor Gill Reid

Head of School, Electronics and Computer Science: Professor Paul Lewin

Head of School, Engineering: Professor David Richards

Head of School, Physics and Astronomy: Professor Jonathan Flynn

Head of Zepler Institute for Phototonics and Nanoelectronics, incorporating the Optoelectronics Research Centre: Professor Sir David Payne

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