Tuition fees here in the UK will be £9,000 per year and this must have some effect on the numbers, and the demographic of future physics students. However, a new study has found that university physics students are largely undeterred by the costs and are determined to pursue the subject.
The report Gravitating towards physics: How will higher fees affect the choices of prospective physics students? used secondary data, focus groups and a survey, involving more than 500 applicants, to assess the potential impact of higher fees.
It was crucial to undertake this research because it is of national strategic importance that universities are able to continue producing a steady stream of physics graduates.
While the report does throw up some concerns – particularly in relation to diversity – we’re delighted to find physics in rude health.
Professor Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive at the Institute of Physics