My research work is in the field of experimental particle physics. I am a member of the Particle Physics Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. Until recently I chaired the Accelerator, Nuclear and Particle Physics Research Division within the School of Physics and Astronomy.
I work on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC proton-proton collider in CERN, near to Geneva, Switzerland. Here is some information about the Manchester group on ATLAS. The focus of my work is to use precise measurements at high energy particle colliders to test the Standard Model of particle physics and to search for evidence of the new physics we all expect (or at least hope) lies just around the corner.
I used to work on the DØ experiment at the Tevatron proton-antiproton collider in Fermilab, near to Chicago, U.S.
In 2013 I was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society.
In 2016 I was a member of a Royal Society working group that in advance of the UK referendum produced three reports regarding the impact on UK research of UK membership of the EU. Following the Brexit vote I am a member of a Royal Society panel to continue to promote the best interests of science during the negotiations of the terms of the UK exit from the EU.
In 2015 I was a member of the 8-person advisory panel to Sir Paul Nurse's Review of the UK Research Councils.
In 2011 I was awarded the Chadwick Medal by the Institute of Physics for my contributions to hadron collider physics.
From 2007 to 2016 I served on the Scientific Policy Committee (SPC) of CERN and of the UK Committee on CERN (UKCC). I chaired the LHC experiments committee (LHCC) at CERN and was a member of the CERN Research Board.
If you are really at a loss for something to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon, you might want to look at my entry in Who's Who or Wikipedia. Here is some further (slightly out of date) biographical information (CV, publication list, etc) .
I currently teach the following 3rd year undergraduate course (starting October 2018):
Electrodynamics (PHYS 30441)
From 2010 to 2017 I taught the undergraduate course:
Lagrangian Mechanics (PHYS 20401)
Less recently I also taught:
Frontiers of Particle Physics I (PHYS 40521, part of course)
I believe strongly that the brightest and most enthusiastic undergraduate physicists can (and should) do original research as well as study from books.
Every year I offer a number of full-year research projects to 4th year MPhys students and I sometimes take on one or two undergraduate summer students.
The Particle Physics Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy usually runs a scheme to fund a small number of summer students. This is focussed mainly on students who will be between their 3rd and 4th MPhys year during the relevant summer. Applications are usually invited for this scheme in February/March.
In addition, there are opportunities for summer studentships at major particle physics labs that you might be interested in:
CERN summer student programme
DESY summer student programme
Fermilab summer student programme
I can normally be contacted in Room 6.22 of the Schuster Lab at the University of Manchester:
From January 2002 to August 2007 I was on sabbatical from the Particle Physics Group at Manchester University
I was spokesperson of the DØ experiment at the Tevatron proton-antiproton collider in Fermilab, near to Chicago, U.S.
I used to work with the OPAL experiment at the electron-positron collider, LEP in CERN, near to Geneva, Switzerland.
I make quite a lot of effort to promote the public understanding of science.
Identifying Interesting Events at LEP
is a set of web pages I wrote for the UK
in particle physics.
The aim of these pages is to allow you to identify for yourself some interesting particle physics interactions or "events". These events have been seen using the OPAL experiment at CERN, near to Geneva. These web pages were translated into various european languages as part of the international masterclass in particle physics.
Manchester particle physics group (internal pages)
The DØ Experiment
The OPAL Experiment