Professor Ian Bonnell is Head of School
The University appoints Heads of School for agreed lengths of time. Prof Graham Turnbull recently came to the end of his term of office, during which the School saw significant success in the Research Excellence Framework and in various ratings of teaching.
Prof Ian Bonnell has now taken up the role of Head of School. He is well known for the support that he has provided to students in his roles as third year Adviser of Studies and as Deputy Director of Teaching. His research looks at the physics of star formation, and in particular he and his team create computer models that follow the galactic scale flows where molecular clouds form, yet still resolve the star formation and feedback events down to sub-parsec scales.
He says, "I'd like to thank Prof Graham Turnbull for his excellent leadership and support during his term as Head of School. I look forward to working with all my colleagues in Physics and Astronomy and that together we will continue the excellence in research and teaching for which the School is known. The support provided by everyone in the School is what makes working here enjoyable and very fruitful."