Jim Bellingham

Phone number: +44 (0)1223 339432

Email: jrb13@cam.ac.uk

Dr Jim Bellingham

Fellow, Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Physical Part IA and Physics Part IB)
University Positions
Secretary of the School of the Physical Sciences
Specialising in

"I hugely enjoy the combination of University administration in the School of the Physical Sciences with teaching Physics in Jesus."

Academic interests

  • Science and policy
  • Physics education - when time permits!

Degrees obtained

  • BA Physics, Cantab. 1982-5.
  • PhD Physics, Cantab. 1985-9.


I completed a first degree, PhD, and postdoctoral research in Physics at the Cavendish, including a great deal of supervising for Jesus, despite being a student at Emmanuel College.

I then left Cambridge to join the Civil Service, and worked for 18 years in the Department of Trade and Industry, now known as the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills.

In need of a change in 2010, and wanting to get back to roots in Cambridge and physics, I was offered the post of Secretary of the School of the Physical Sciences. This involves supporting the Head of School and overseeing resource issues across the Departments of the School, including Maths, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials, Earth Sciences, and Geography. This neatly exploits both skills acquired in Whitehall and experience in Cambridge and Physical Sciences.

I have been involved with supervising Physics for Jesus again since 2013, and directing studies since 2014.

Other interests

Family, cooking and wine, following cricket, cycling.

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