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WRIPA & SEPnet Workshop 2022

The Future of Physics Teaching – New ways of teaching, assessing and embedding employability and equality

Thursday 30 June 2022, Institute of Physics, London

Chaired by Professor Sir William Wakeham Supported by the Institute of Physics


Recent challenges, including the pandemic and changes within HE, have had a dramatic
impact on undergraduate teaching, future skills needs and the world of work. The IOP’s
recent new research on the critical role of physics skills reveals that while they underpin
productive industries in every part of the UK, there is still significant unmet demand for
these skills, which is impacting employers’ ability to grow and innovate.

In this context, SEPnet and WRIPA hosted a one-day workshop to explore how
physics teaching and assessment can change to equip students from all backgrounds
with the skills and knowledge for future labour markets.

We will hear how the IOP will support academics to make changes to their teaching and
assessment to encourage innovation and meet new accreditation requirements. We will
also share best practice examples, in physics and other disciplines, on how to effectively
embed curricular employability skills and implement equality, diversity and inclusion to
ensure under-represented students realise their career potential.


The new IOP accreditation process – more flexibility in curriculum design

Robyn Henriegel, Accreditation & Professional Standards Manager, Institute of Physics

Effective blended and hybrid learning in HE

Dr Catherine (Kay) Hack, Principal Adviser (Learning & Teaching) Advance-HE

Learning from Engineering

Professor Danielle George, Associate VP & Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, University of Manchester

How we deliver effective online learning

Dr Helen Jane Fraser, Director of Research and Senior Lecturer in Astronomy, School of Physical Sciences, The Open University

How do we assess now?

Dr Nicolas Labrosse, Senior Lecturer (Physics & Astronomy), University of Glasgow

How to implement a physics-related micro placement module into a physics degree

Dr Samantha Pugh, Associate Professor in STEM Education, University of Leeds

How can we diversify our physics intake?

Professor Brad Gibson, Head of the Department of Physics & Mathematics, University of Hull

Working with businesses to improve the employability of under-represented students in STEM

Emily Huns, Head of Careers & Entrepreneurship, University of Sussex