Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Research Postgraduate







Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Research Overview

I started my PhD in January 2021, working within the Physics Education Research Group. My research is part of the Strengthening Learning Communities project which aims to investigate attainment gaps and better understand the experience of undergraduate students within physics. I am interested broadly in sense of belonging and identity, with a specific interest in social norms and how they influence student behaviour and authenticity.

Other research

I am currently working at Stockholm University with Anna Danielsson as the recipient of the Stevenson's Award. I am also involved in two student projects: one student shapers project investigating the motivations of women in physics regarding to lecturing preferences & another looking at diversifying the physics curriculum.

During the summer of 2021, I worked on a Student Shaper project investigating how the cancellation of A-level exams affected students preparedness, self-efficacy and test-anxiety when sitting university exams. Our work was presented at the Variety in Chemistry Education and Physics Higher Education Conference and received a Special Mention for the IOP Lillian McDermott Award.

I am interested in expanding the field of physics education research. If you are interested in collaborating you can contact me here.

Other activities

I am the current President of the Women in Physics Society and Department of Physics Postgraduate Representative. I sit on the Juno Committee and am part of the Women in Natural Science working group.

Before Imperial

Before beginning my PhD I worked as a secondary school physics and maths teacher. During this time I completed my MA in Professional Education, focusing on the sense of belonging of women in physics and how women in physics accessed different forms of science capital.



Smith A, 2023, The problem with brilliance in physics, Physics World, Vol:36, ISSN:0953-8585, Pages:17-17

Wade J, Rabey IM, Smith A, et al., 2022, Lessons from a UK research school for Black physicists and engineers, Nature Reviews Materials, Vol:7, ISSN:2058-8437, Pages:927-928

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