Dr Gregory Farrelly

Head of Physics

BSc (University of Birmingham) M.Th (London) PhD (University of Surrey) PGCE (St. Mary’s University, Twickenham), D.E.L.E (Spanish Ministry of Education), M.Inst.P

Dr Farrelly joined Cambridge Tutors College as a tutor in the Physics Department. Prior to joining CTC London, he taught Physics, Mathematics, Music and Spanish at various schools and colleges, mostly in the London area. After two years of teaching at CTC London, he became Head of Department.

Dr Farrelly studied Physics at the University of Birmingham; before going on to study Philosophy and Theology, first in Valladolid, Spain, then in England, obtaining a M.Th. in Modern Systematic Theology. He obtained a Higher Diploma in Spanish from the Spanish Ministry of Education and then completed PGCE.

He then began teaching, working at secondary schools in London and Surrey including John Ruskin Sixth Form College and Croydon High School. After a number of years, Dr Farrelly decided to undertake his Ph.D. He completed his PhD in Experimental Nuclear Structure at the University of Surrey and was later elected as a member of the Institute of Physics in Britain.

Dr Farrelly has a wealth of experience in his field and has undertaken research in the field of nuclear structure physics. He has worked at several nuclear research facilities including CERN-Isolde in Switzerland/France and GSI in Germany and INFL in Italy. During this time, he was part of a team that used highly ionised lead ions transformed by nuclear fragmentation into gold.

In addition to his role as Head of Physics, Dr Farrelly sometimes performs with students at lunchtime concerts, playing either piano or tenor saxophone. Proud of his Irish citizenship, he has been known to teach Irish phrases to international students, much to their amusement.

“CTC is a unique place of learning with a friendly, family atmosphere and highly expert subject specialists. The tutors and support staff work together to ensure that the students enjoy their time here, both socially and academically.

“I always enjoy the students’ amazement at some of the physics demonstrations and experiments, such as boiling water on a ring that does not get hot! I admire the foreign students for the way in which they seem to adapt to learning demanding subjects in a foreign language. I had to do this myself (as a Philosophy student in Spain) and found it very difficult.”