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Georgina McGarry  MSc MInstP PGCE

Georgina McGarry



Physics Mentoring Project Officer

School of Physics and Astronomy

+44 29208 74094
Queen's Buildings - West Building Extension, Floor 2, Room 2.06A, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA


I am the Project Officer for the Physics Mentoring Project. Our project places trained university students into secondary schools across Wales to mentor small groups of Year 9-11 students, with the aims of increasing the uptake of Physics A-levels and increasing diversity in STEM subjects. I manage our mentors (university students), events, social media, and communications for the project.

I have previously completed my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Astrophysics at Cardiff University, and I am also a fully qualified science teacher. I was a Physics Mentor as part of the project I now work in when I was a student, and I also interned for the project. I am passionate about equality and diversity in STEM, especially as a queer, neurodivergent non-male in physics.

I am usually in the office 08.00 - 18.00 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but this can change. Please feel free to pop by and say hello, or drop me an email if I am not in the office!


My current scientific research involves using the Physics Mentoring Project evaluation data to assess the impact the project has on mentors.

My previous research has included solar system formation, machine learning, and data analysis of high-mass protostars.


  • 2022 - present: Physics Mentoring Project Officer, School of Physics and Astronomy (Cardiff University)
  • 2021 - 2022: Transition Project Officer, Widening Participation and Outreach (Cardiff University)
  • 2020 - 2021: MSc Data Intensive Astrophysics, Cardiff University
  • 2019 - 2020: Science Teacher, Toynbee School
  • 2018 - 2019: PGCE Secondary Science, University of Winchester
  • 2014 - 2017: BSc Physics with Astronomy, Cardiff University

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP)

Academic positions

  • 2020-21: Postgraduate Demonstrator, Computational Skills for Problem Solving, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University
  • 2020-21: Physics Mentor, Physics Mentoring Project, Cardiff University

Speaking engagements

  • July 2023: Speaker during visit from colleagues from ZNPU (Zaporizhizhia Polytechnic National University)

Committees and reviewing

  • Member of the IOP Physics Communicators Group Committee (Early Career Member)

Research themes


  • Outreach
  • Public participation and community engagement
  • Marketing communications
  • Astrophysics
  • Neurodiversity