On 11 December 2007, the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, John Denham MP, invited Professor Ian Diamond to commission a review of UK physics research under the chairmanship of Professor Bill Wakeham, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton.
The Panel considered actions that might be taken to ensure the continued health of physics research and postgraduate training in the UK. It reported in October 2008 to the RCUK Executive Group, which made recommendations to the Minister. The Review of UK Physics forms part of RCUK's continuing oversight of health of disciplines and is the first in a series of such reviews.
The review Panel gathered information on the volume and nature of research being undertaken by physics departments. A survey form was sent to heads of departments in which a significant amount of physics research is undertaken. This was in addition to data the Panel gained from the 2008 RAE submissions to Unit of Assessment 19 (RA3, RA4 and RA5a).
The RCUK Review of UK Physics is available here.
Highlights of RCUK progress on recommendations from the Review of UK Physics can be found here.
The RCUK Response to the Review of UK Physics is available here.
You can also listen to an interview with Professor Wakeham.