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Dr Richard Lewis

Dr Richard Lewis

Reader
Director of Postgraduate Studies
National Teaching Fellow
Physics Education Research Group

School of Physics and Astronomy

Email
lewisr54@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5433
Campuses
4.12, McKenzie House, 30-36 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0DE

Overview

I am the Director of Postgraduate Studies and MSc Physics Programme Coordinator at Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy.  I have previously held lecturing positions at Cardiff University School of Biosciences and Swansea University Department of Physics and research fellowships at the University of Southampton and Complutense University of Madrid.  I completed my PhD in physics entitled "Development of a Raman System for In-Line Monitoring of Tritium at the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino (KATRIN) Experiment" at Swansea University in 2007.

I teach extensively on our PGT programmes, which currently include the MSc Physics, MSc Astrophysics, MSc Data-Intensive Physics, MSc Data-Intensive Astrophysics, MSc Gravitational Wave Physics, and MSc Compound Semiconductor Physics. I have won multiple institutional, national, and international awards for excellence and innovation in teaching, and I am regularly invited to speak on physics education and teaching excellence at international conferences.

I am a Member and Chartered Physicist of the Institute of Physics, a National Teaching Fellow, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an Enfys Friend and Supporter.

Biography

I am the Director of Postgraduate Studies and MSc Physics Programme Coordinator at Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy.  I have previously held lecturing positions at Cardiff University School of Biosciences and Swansea University Department of Physics and research fellowships at the University of Southampton and Complutense University of Madrid.  I completed my PhD in physics entitled "Development of a Raman System for In-Line Monitoring of Tritium at the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino (KATRIN) Experiment" at Swansea University in 2007.

Honours and awards

Awards

  • 2019: National Teaching Fellowship (Advance HE)
  • 2019: Best Tutor Award (Cardiff University, School of Physics and Astronomy)
  • 2017: Excellence in Engineering Education Award (National Instruments)
  • 2016: Engineering Impact Award (National Instruments, Education)
  • 2016: Outstanding Contribution Award (Cardiff University)

Nominations

  • 2019: Excellence in Engineering Education Award (National Instruments)
  • 2019: Enriching Student Life Award (Cardiff University Students' Union, Most Uplifting Staff Member)
  • 2016: National Teaching Fellowship (Advance HE)
  • 2016: Enriching Student Life Award (Cardiff University Students' Union, Most Effective Teacher)
  • 2015: Enriching Student Life Award (Cardiff University Students' Union, Personal Tutor of the Year)

Professional memberships

  • 2016: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • 2011: Chartered Physicist of the Institute of Physics (CPhys)
  • 2008: Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP)

Academic positions

  • 2020–present: Reader (T&S), School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University
  • 2017–2020: Senior Lecturer (T&S), School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University
  • 2015–2017: Lecturer (T&S), School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University
  • 2013–2015: Lecturer, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
  • 2012–2013: Research Fellow, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton
  • 2011–2012: Research Scientist, Lasers and Molecular Beams Unit, Complutense University of Madrid
  • 2007–2011: Lecturer, Department of Physics, Swansea University
  • 2007: Research Assistant, Department of Physics, Swansea University
  • 2003–2006: Postgraduate Laboratory Demonstrator, Swansea University

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Teaching

  • Module Organiser: Advanced Techniques in Physics and Astrophysics (MSc)
  • Module Organiser: LabVIEW Programming for Physicists (MSc)
  • Module Organiser: Advanced LabVIEW Programming for Physicists (MSc)
  • Module Organiser: Research Project (MSc)
  • Deputy Module Organiser: Advanced Study and Research Skills (MSc)
  • Deputy Module Organiser: Synoptic Physics (BSc / MPhys)