Mission Statement

Sustainability Physics 


Melissa Lord (Ogden Trust Consultant) and Phil Furneaux (Lancaster University Teacher Fellow plus IOP teacher coach consultant) met at an IOP NW regional meeting and shared their interest in sustainability. Phil presented the idea of extending his Lancaster Physics Homework Questions project.  After a teacher CPD session, homework questions are developed by him and then posted as a resource on the Lancaster Physics Outreach page. 

Melissa’s interest brought the project into the NW as a whole, included innovative business and industry involved in reducing carbon footprints. Much of the rationale for a low personal carbon footprint is based on simple physics. These principles can influence good teaching practice such as giving Physics a context and as a resource for non-specialist teaching. 

Together they formulated this mission statement. 

Paul Sapple was invited to join the small working party to help the project on direction and implementation plus advise how to bring in the Ogden Trust as a possible funder. 

Mission Statement: 

Physics of Sustainability: Teacher Resource Website 

We aim to produce a website which can be used by teachers in the North West UK to resource their Physics lessons at all levels to increase the awareness of student understanding of sustainability and the research at their local Universities and innovative applications in industry and business. 

The main characteristic of the website would be: 

  • easy to access and navigate 
  • Provide short video feeds for introduction to topics 
  • Provide easy to access information related to the topics 
  • Provide a range of self-assessed homework for students which will link to the research at the local university. 

Through the website we aim to 

  • Show links between the physics principles and sustainability 
  • Inform students how to reduce their carbon footprint 
  • Engage students of the research on sustainability undertaken by NW universities and their partners 
  • Provide a context for physics principles within sustainability applications, especially, but not exclusively, relevant for teachers out of specialism.  
  • Introduce students to careers in low-carbon economy 
  • Have ideas that readily impact schemes of work for delivery to students at all levels.  
  • Engage students in data analysis activities, giving a sense of purpose. 

We aim to have a website to for all of this with clear links to work that is going on in the NW of England and with which the students can easily identify, and with short and engaging video clips. 

Sustainability Physics

Physics of Sustainability: a website for teachers and students 

(Funded by the Ogden Trust)

Our aim is to show just how important physics is to a sustainable future, and how using physics can be key to the careers in a low-carbon economy. 

Climate change offers many challenges to the world, and using STEM, very often physics, is at the heart of many low-carbon solutions. The people for whom this is most important are those in schools and colleges now; our aspiration is to help them become better equipped for this.

Please go to our Mission Statement for the background and our aims.

The Website

Each topic has interviews with people using physics in their research and careers at the forefront of a low carbon future. There are interactive questions to guide students through some of the advances being made – and maybe influence their own careers. 

There are 7 general themes:

Theme 1: Building Design 
Theme 2:  Future Energy Stores     
Theme 3:  Heat pumps/ cooling  
Theme 4: Nanotechnology
Theme 5: Renewables  
Theme 6: Transport for our future   
Theme 7: Overall Strategy / Recycling
Theme 8: ACTION! What are we doing about it? 

There are a number of different questions available in each theme.

Any comments please send to Phil Furneaux: p.furneaux1@lancaster.ac.uk or Melissa Lord: melissa.lord@ogdentrust.com

Feedback would be very much appreciated.


Contributors to the project (funded by the Ogden Trust):

Florence Collier, Humblebee

Prof George Aggidis, Lancaster University

Dr Shahin Nikman, Lancaster University

Dr Denes Csala, Energy Storage and Systems Dynamics Engineering, Lancaster University

Dr Ben Robinson, Quantum Technology Centre, Lancaster University

Prof Manus Hayne, Lancaster University

Dr Lefteris Danos, Lancaster University

Elaine Meskhi, Senior Consultant, EA Technology

Dr Martin Dowson,  Head of Battery Systems Engineering & Research at WMG, University of Warwick

Dr Charles Calvert, Systems Engineer, Hydroflex, Birmingham University,

Dr Stuart Hillmansen, Chief Engineer, Hydroflex, Birmingham University

Dr Yagya Remi,  Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Laurie King ( Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Helen Atkinson, C- Capture UK

Dr Charlotte Brown, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Manchester University

Alasdair Robertson , Assistant Operation Manager, Community Windpower Limited

Isobel Sheldon, OBE, Chief Strategic Officer British Volt

Dr Marilyn Comrie, OBE, The Blair Project and the Manchester Innovation Activities Hub

Luke Begley, Heating Engineer

Molly Hogg, Cumbria Action for Sustainability

Tina Holt, Cumbria Action for Sustainability

Dr Helen Czerski , Research Fellow, University College, London





Funded by the Ogden Trust



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