Prof Terry Wyatt FRS


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 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 Here is some further (slightly out of date) biographical information (CV, publication list, etc) .

Teaching and research projects for undergraduates

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:

(UK +44) 161 275 4173 (direct)

(UK +44) 161 275 0480

Send email to userid: terry.wyatt at the mailserver:

Please note that my Manchester email address userid: Terry.Wyatt at the mailserver will probably also work, but may introduce some delay in my receiving your email, because of restrictions imposed on email forwarding by the University of Manchester.

Postal Address: Professor Terry Wyatt FRS, Particle Physics Group, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, MANCHESTER M13 9PL. UK.

From January 2002 to August 2007 I was on sabbatical from the Particle Physics Group at Manchester University

December 2004-September 2007: I was based at Fermilab, Batavia 60510, Illinois, US.

I was spokesperson of the experiment at the Tevatron proton-antiproton collider in Fermilab, near to Chicago, U.S.

April 2003-March 2006: I held a PPARC Senior Research Fellowship and split my time between Fermilab and Manchester.

January 2002-March 2003: I was employed as a guest scientist at Fermilab Illinois, US, on Leave of Absence from the University of Manchester.

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.

For example: Identifying Interesting Events at LEP is a set of web pages I wrote for the UK national masterclass 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.

Here are some useful work links (may be password protected):.

Manchester particle physics group (internal pages)

The DØ Experiment

The OPAL Experiment

A much older picture of me (early 1990's)