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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory

As one of the world's premier experimental physics laboratories, with a reputation for excellence in both research and teaching, the Cavendish is at an exciting point in its development. With major projects currently underway and in planning as part of the University's 800th Anniversary Campaign, and a phased long-term plan which reflects the ambition and vitality of the Laboratory's work, the Department has established a Development Programme which draws together its diverse activities into a coherent vision for the future.

The Physics of Medicine building as of Apr 2008

The immediate objectives of the new Cavendish Development Office are to:

  • Advance the Laboratory's development plan, in consultation with the Management Board, the members of the Department and the Council of the School of Physical Sciences, in order to provide a robust strategic and academic context for future investment.
  • Establish a Supporters' Group, drawing on the Cavendish's wide network of representatives in academe, industry, commerce and elsewhere.
  • Launch, in close collaboration with the University's Development Office, the next phase of fundraising for the redevelopment of the Laboratory.
  • Create informative publicity and strategic materials about the Laboratory: its research, its programmes, its aspirations and its investment opportunities.
  • Provide a focal point for the ideas, aspirations and enterprise of all members of the Department, ensuring that these are reflected in and supported by the Laboratory's Development Plan.

To this end, the Development team has coordinated an up-to-date summary of the Laboratory's current research activities, which can be found at Research at the Cavendish.


Teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels are central pillars of the Laboratory's programme, and is briefly summarised at Teaching at the Cavendish. Equally important are the Laboratory's wide-ranging outreach activities for schools, young people and the general public. See the Outreach at the Cavendish section for more information.

The Director of Cavendish Development, Professor Malcolm Longair, welcomes input and feedback from all interested parties. For more information, see Contacts.