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Philip Harris appointed Head of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

The University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor, Adam Tickell, has appointed Professor Philip Harris as the Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Professor Harris joined the University on a lectureship in 1994 and later progressed to become Head of Physics and Astronomy within the school. He began his career as a secondary school teacher in Upminster, before completing a PhD at the University of New Mexico in 1990.

He has worked on various atomic- and particle-physics experiments at Los Alamos, CERN, Fermilab, ILL (Grenoble), and PSI (Switzerland).

Professor Harris’s research is focused on the measurement of the neutron electric dipole moment (edm), a small asymmetry in the structure of the neutron that is strongly related to the question of why the universe contains so much more matter than antimatter.

Professor Harris said: “It's a very great privilege to have been asked to take over the leadership of this outstanding school at such an exciting time.

“We've been growing rapidly, going from strength to strength, and branching out into new areas that will deliver real impact beyond the confines of academia.

“We will continue to do so - while at the same time maintaining our traditional strong ethos of a close, collegial, supportive environment with faculty, students and staff working together to achieve the best possible outcomes across the entire breadth of our teaching, learning and research.”

Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell said: “Philip will provide the strong leadership the school needs as we strive to continuously provide an outstanding education to students in maths and physics as well as ground-breaking research, which is so crucial to the UK’s future prosperity.

“Under Philip’s guidance I’m sure we’ll see this go from strength to strength.”

The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences brings together two outstanding and progressive departments: the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, for which 81% and 93% respectively of research outputs were ranked as internationally excellent or world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Both departments are ranked first in the UK for graduate prospects in the Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017 (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2015-16), with 100% of Mathematics BSc students being in work or further study within six months.

Both departments also hold the Athena Swan Bronze Award.

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Posted on behalf of: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Last updated: Saturday, 17 December 2016

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