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Head of Department

Professor Michele DoughertyProfessor Michele Dougherty


Michele is Head of Department with overall responsibility for its activities.  She works with the Heads of Research Groups to determine the strategic direction of research and to provide a supportive environment where it can flourish.  She 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.  She works with the Associate HoD to manage financial resources and space allocation.  She 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.  She acts as an ambassador for, and representative of, the department both within the Faculty/College and externally, and she tries to promote the department’s profile.  Michele is enormously proud of the department, and her 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)‌

Associate HoD

Kenny WeirDr Kenny Weir


As Associate Head of Department Kenny Weir works closely with the Head of Department and Operations Manager to contribute to the smooth running of the Department. He has key responsibilities in managing the finances of the Department, the allocation of space and Department facilities. These responsibilities include preparing the annual financial plan, allocation of resources, and monitoring spend throughout the year. He maintains an overview of the Department’s research activity and is responsible for providing Department approval for all research proposals prior to submission. He deputises for the Head of Department when necessary.

Operations Manager

Luke White

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 Manager

Louise Hayward

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. Louise also works as the Experiments Manager for the Fundamental Physics Section

Research Operations Coordinator

Enrico M. Buonaura

Enrico works as a Research Operations Coordinator. As such, he provides pro-active research support and advice to researchers from all career stages by co-ordinating the preparation of research proposals with the Research Operations Manager and supporting the Department oversight of post-award grant processes.  As a member of the Research Committee, Enrico also leads on the promotion and development of the Department's reseach strategies and success by maintaining its digital media presence and implementing new research processes.


EA to HoD

Gayle Baldwin

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