Dr Anna Wilson

BSc (Hons (Bristol), PhD (Liverpool), MHEd (ANU)
Adjunct Associate Professor, RSPE
College of Science
T: +61 2 6125 2806

Areas of expertise

  • Nuclear Physics 020202
  • Science, Technology And Engineering Curriculum And Pedagogy 130212
  • Higher Education 130103
  • Specialist Studies In Education 1303

Research interests

Nuclear structure:

  • Collective rotation and vibration of deformed nuclei at high spins
  • Emergence of collective behaviour from single particle motion.


  • Professional learning and perceptions of professionalism
  • Undergraduate research experiences
  • Threshold concepts in curriculum design
  • Roles and perceptions of demonstrators in undergraduate science labs
  • Academics' perceptions of learning and teaching.


Anna was formerly Deputy Director (Education) of the Research School of Physics and Engineering in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. She is undertaking a second PhD in education, at the University of Stirling in the UK. She maintains strong connections with ANU and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School.

Researcher's projects

Anna is an active researcher in the fields of nuclear structure and education. She is currently working on a variety of projects, including:

  • Superdeformation in the A=190 region
  • The impact of social media on students' learning about professionalism
  • ALTC-funded project on staff and student experiences of undergraduate research (with A/Prof Susan Howitt, RSB, and collaborating with the University of Canberra and the University of Western Sydney)
  • ALTC-funded project on the uses of Augmented Reality technologies in educational contexts (with the University of Canberra and Macquarie University)
  • The role of demonstrators in undergraduate physics labs (with PhD student Ruth Mills)
  • The experiences of academics teaching physics (with Professor Gerlese Akerlind)


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