Mrs Lynne Long BSc, PGCE, MInstP

Lynne Long

School of Physics and Astronomy
Head of Foundation Year for the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences

School Liaison Officer for the School of Physics & Astronomy

Contact details

+44 (0) 121 414 4656
+44 (0) 121 414 4577
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Lynne Long is Head of Foundation Year for the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences and Schools Liaison Officer for the School of Physics & Astronomy.

She is an enthusiastic Physics communicator, has worked on many outreach projects and maintains close links with the Education department at the Institute of Physics.

She has built up a network of close links with Physics Teachers in schools across the Midlands and further afield, as well as with other colleagues in various education/outreach roles in the HE and public sector.

She sits on several education linked advisory committees and has been involved in European outreach projects.

She teaches undergraduates on the Foundation Year in EPS and has been involved with related programme development. She has also introduced and built up a successful optional module - Physics Teaching in Schools – offered to Y3 Physics undergraduates, who spend time out in local schools as part of their third year programme, so strengthening HE-school links.


  • MInst Physics
  • PGCE (Dist.) Physics & Mathematics, University of Liverpool, 1977
  • BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Liverpool, 1976


Lynne Long qualified with a BSc Hons (class 1) degree in Physics from the University of Liverpool in 1976 and went onto to obtain a PGCE in Physics & Mathematics, also from Liverpool in 1977. 

Lynne has worked as Schools Liaison Officer for the School of physics & Astronomy at the University of Birmingham since March 2002.

In this role, she organises all school visits/conferences/events/activities within the department as well as makes visits out to schools and colleges UK wide, to talk about latest Physics research, range of Physics degrees and the sort of careers that Physics graduates move on to, as well as more specialised talks, for example “Physics Hot & Cold” involving liquid N2 demonstrations. She also works as part of the admissions team. 

Since September 2009, she has also been Head of Foundation Year for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and has been part of a team reviewing and revising the module structure for this programme.

She teaches the Waves module and coordinates the Science and Engineering Laboratory module for this course, and also co-ordinates a Y3 undergraduate module in Physics & Astronomy - “Teaching Physics in Schools”, which is part of the undergraduate student ambassador (UAS) scheme.

She previously worked for 18 years at Stratford upon Avon College, where she was Head of Physics/Engineering, teaching all the A Level Physics and co-ordinating HND/C Engineering courses run in conjunction with Coventry University. She was also a personal tutor for A Level students during this time, writing UCAS references and helping students with personal statements.

Before that she had some experience teaching in secondary schools in the West Midlands.

She has two sons, one of whom has completed a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at Bath University and another who completed a Masters Degree in Physics, also at Bath University.

She worked work part time for the Institute of Physics as co-ordinator of  the Physics teacher network in the West Midlands area from 2003 to 2011 and still has close links with the IOP.

She has been in involved in developing resources for the Learn with ATLAS portal – a European funded project 2008-11.


  • Waves Module – EPS Foundation Year
  • Physics Teaching in Schools, Y3 optional module for undergraduates in the School of Physics & Astronomy

Other activities

  • Member of the Midlands Branch Committee of the Institute of Physics, 2002 - 2011
  • Teacher network Coordinator in the West Midlands for the Institute of Physics,  2003 – 2011
  • Member of the advisory committee for the IOP Physics Updates programme (, 2011-
  • Member of the Science Additional Specialism Programme (SASP) Advisory Board (Keele University),  2007- 


  • Article:  More “hands on” particle physics; learning with ATLAS at CERN, Physics Education  May 2011