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A LEADING Durham University researcher has been elected as vice-president of science by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Professor Tom McLeish will serve on its council for four years from October 1.

Professor McLeish is a joint chairman in Durham University’s physics and chemistry departments.

At the IOP, he will develop policy on physics in higher education and will promote the role of physics in contemporary society.

Professor McLeish said: “As a fellow of the Institute of Physics and pro-vice-chancellor for research at Durham, which has a worldwide reputation for the strength of its physics department, I am absolutely delighted to be elected to this role.”

The academic added: “I look forward to serving on the IOP’s council, and playing my part as physics becomes an increasingly popular and resurgent area of scientific study and research.”