Who Are We?

Head Of Department

Graham WynnProfessor Graham Wynn is Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics. His research interests include the study of astrophysical accretion, a process which is prevalent throughout the Universe, playing a pivotal role in star and planet formation as well as powering some of the most energetic astrophysical phenomena.His papers include research on accretion disc physics, interacting binary stars, gamma-ray bursts, X-ray binaries, exoplanets and cool dwarfs, cosmological feedback processes.

Graham is an active promoter of learning and teaching enhancement, with a particular focus on the overarching student experience, and has extensive experience of academic management, curriculum development, quality assurance processes and student support. He led activity to design and implement modules aimed at improving employability skills and business awareness of undergraduate physics students, and regards this as one of the overarching themes informing his leadership of the Department.

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Jon Nichols

Dr Jon Nichols is the Undergraduate admissions tutor with responsibility for dealing with applications to study within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester.


Postgraduate Admissions Tutors

Andrew BlainProf. Andrew Blain is the Postgraduate Admissions tutor with responsibility for dealing with applications to carry out PhD research in the Department.

He is an astronomer working in the area of galaxy formation, with a specific interest in observations at infrared wavelengths and from the most luminous galaxies that are powered by intense bursts of star formation or active galactic nuclei. He is a team member on the NASA WISE all-sky infrared survey explorer. He is a member of the X-Ray and Observational Astronomy research group at the University, and is currently teaching in relativity and optics.

Dr Richard AmbrosiProfessor Richard Ambrosi is the Postgraduate Admissions tutor for the Department's MSc in Space Exploration Systems.

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