Head of Department's Office

Head of Department

Kenny WeirDr Kenny Weir

Tel: 020 7594 7501

Kenny Weir is Acting Head of Department with overall responsibility for its activities.  He works with the Heads of Research Groups to determine the strategic direction of research and to provide a supportive environment where it can flourish.  He works with the Directors of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies to ensure high standards in the provision of teaching and the production of top quality graduates.  He works with the Associate HoD to manage financial resources and space allocation.  He works with the Operations Manager in striving to attract, retain and support staff who will best contribute to academic excellence, both through research and teaching and in the all-important support roles.  He acts as an ambassador for, and representative of, the department both within the Faculty/College and externally, and he tries to promote the department’s profile.  He is enormously proud of the department, and his role within it, and seeks to foster an ethos of cooperation, collaboration and mutual respect within which it can move towards even greater achievements.

Head of Group's roles and responsibilities (internal only)

Operations Manager

Luke White

Luke White

Tel: 020 7594 7502

Luke is the Operations Manager for the Physics Department and as such deals with most aspects of the professional and technical operations of the Department. He works closely with the HoD and Associate HoD and together with other departmental administrative staff, he provides a comprehensive support service to academics. This support focuses on those processes and procedures linked with Finance, HR and Research. He also works closely with the Faculty Finance, HR and Research Services teams and acts as the conduit between these services for academic and departmental staff.

Research Operations

Louise Hayward

Tel: 020 7594 7679

As Research Operations Manager Louise has responsibility for advising on and ensuring that research funding applications are prepared in accordance with sponsors’ terms and conditions and with College and Departmental procedures and policies and also that once awarded grants are managed in the same way. In both these roles she works closely with the Department’s management team, the Department’s research groups and the Faculty research services team.  


Senior Administrator

Kalvinder ChanaKalvinder Chana

Tel: 020 7594 6113

Working closely with the group administrators, Kalvinder co-ordinates and processes all departmental HR  forms, including request to appoint and advertise, contractual changes, leavers and starters, new grant  information, probation reviews for all staff, PRDPs, staff reviews, timesheets and academic visitors.

Kalvinder processes all documentation for casual staff including students. She maintains the staff list, co-ordinates leave cards and sickness absence, as well as initiating the sabbatical committee. 

EA to HoD

Caroline JacksonCaroline Jackson
Tel: 020 7594 7503

Caroline works closely with all staff in Physics to ensure a smooth running of Head of Department business. She maintains the website and undertakes PA duties for Professor Nash. You can contact Caroline for website queries, HoD requests, Academic Promotions and Academic PRDPs.