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School of the Physical Sciences


The Council of the School is the senior body with statutory responsibility for the work of the School.

Under Statute A, the duties of the Council include:

  • The preparation of such academic and financial plans and reports as the General Board shall determine.
  • The allocation of funds made available to it by the General Board amongst the institutions comprising the School.
  • Working with the institutions which comprise the School to ensure institutional and School plans are consistent, realistic and affordable.
  • Consideration of any matter referred to it by the General Board.

In practice, the Council of the School delegates much of its responsibility to various committees, but retains ultimate responsibility.  It however retains direct responsibility for:

  • Setting the overall strategy and plans for the School;
  • Education issues;
  • Appointments to University Bodies;
  • Responses to University consultations on matters that are not resource management;
  • Fundraising;
  • School Governance.

The Council is also the forum for discussions on wider ranging University issues or developments, that are not specifically do to with resource management, and often involves a speaker from outside the School.


Members Institute
Prof. A.L. Greer (Chair) Head of the School of the Physical Sciences
Prof. J.R. Norris Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics
Prof. N. Peake Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
Prof. I.D. Abrahams Issac Newton Institute
Prof. R.G. McMahon Institute of Astronomy
Prof. M.A. Parker Department of Physics
Prof. P.A. Midgley Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
Dr J.H. Keeler Department of Chemistry
Prof. S.A.T. Redfern Department of Earth Sciences
Prof. A.H. Amin Department of Geography
Prof. J. Dowdeswell Faculty of Earth Sciences and Geography
Prof. R.J. Samworth Faculty of Mathematics
Prof. G.F. Gilmore Faculty of Physics and Chemistry
Dr D.A. Longbottom Co-opted 
Dr S.J. Cowley Co-opted member of the University Council
Mr G. Breckenridge Undergraduate student member
Mr G.W. Van Goffrier Graduate student member
Prof. J. Robertson (Observer) School of Technology
Dr J.R. Bellingham (Officer) Secretary of the School of the Physical Sciences
Ms K. Leal (Officer) Deputy Secretary of the School of the Physical Sciences
Mrs S. Wright (Officer)

School Finance Manager


Committee Meeting Dates: 

Thursday 31 January 2019 - 10.00am - 1.00pm - Bragg Committee Room, Department of Physics

Tuesday 5 March 2019 - 10.00am - 1.00pm - Todd Hamied Meeting Room, Department of Chemistry

Thursday 9 May 2019 - 10.00am - 1.00pm - Bragg Committee Room, Department of Physics

Thursday 6 June 2019 - 10.00am - 1.00pm - Todd Hamied Meeting Room, Department of Chemistry


Members of the Council of the School can access Committee papers on the Council of the School of the Physical Sciences Moodle site.