Glyn Spencer

Dr Glyn Spencer

PhD Physics, MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering

  • Technical Tutor of Physics

Glyn is a technical tutor of physics within the School of Science. He supports the learning and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate-taught laboratory practical sessions and project work in the Physics Laboratories. He is predominantly based in STEMLab and is the lead for the physical sciences and optics laboratories.

Outside of the laboratory, Glyn is a keen badminton player, Lego builder and oenophile.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintenance of Physics teaching laboratories to enable users to safely carry out practical work
  • Technical and demonstrating support within the Physics teaching laboratories
  • Supporting module leaders in the planning and preparation of laboratory materials
  • Encouragement of safe working practice within teaching laboratories
  • Radiation Protection Supervisor
  • First Aider


Teaching: An experienced instructor in practical laboratory physics. A fan of problem-based-learning approaches to teaching in the lab.

Measurements: Experienced in developing new methods for measuring small signals in noisy environments. Keen to teach others how they can design experiments for collecting high-quality data.

Medical Physics: PhD and subsequent publications focused on medical physics, particularly on designing better methods for measuring brain-function as well as motion-tracking in MRI.

Engineering: Electronic and Electrical engineering degree specializing in signal processing and small-signal measurements in noisy environments.

Programming: Over 13 years’ experience of using MATLAB for novel data analysis, visualization and modelling.

Health and Safety: Qualifications in radiation protection and sits on several university committees.

Outreach: Developed outreach activities for both the university and the IOP. Been an exhibitor at many events including British Science Festival and The Royal Societies Summer Festival.

Committee Memberships

  • Ionising Radiation Protection Sub-Committee
  • Non-Ionising Radiation Protection Sub-Committee
  • STEMLab Health and Safety Committee
  • School of Science Equality and Diversity Committee
  • Department of Physics Juno Committee

Glyn attained a masters of engineering degree in electronic and electrical engineering from Loughborough University before going on to pursue a PhD in physics from the University of Nottingham. After graduating in 2015, Glyn held a position at a Nottingham as a research fellow working on novel methods for measuring brain function. It was during his doctoral studies that Glyn first had the opportunity to support and guide students in their experimental activities. Glyn joined the physics department as technical tutor at the end of summer 2017. He works within the newly built STEMLab facilities to support and deliver a practical laboratory education to undergraduate physicists.

Select Biography

  • 2017 onwards: Technical Tutor of Physics, Loughborough University
  • 2015 - 2017: Research Fellow, Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, University of Nottingham
  • 2010 - 2015: PhD Physics, Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, University of Nottingham
  • 2010 - 2014: Laboratory Demonstrator, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham
  • 2006 - 2010: MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Institute of Physics


AJ Daniel, JA Smith, GS Spencer, J Jorge, R Bowtell, KJ Mullinger (2019) Exploring the relative efficacy of motion artefact correction techniques for EEG data acquired during simultaneous fMRI, Human Brain Mapping, 40, 578– 596

GS Spencer, JA Smith, MEH Chowdhury, R Bowtell, KJ Mullinger (2018) Exploring the origins of EEG motion artefacts during simultaneous fMRI acquisition: Implications for motion artefact correction, NeuroImage, 173, 188-198

EH Bhuiyan, GS Spencer, PM Glover and R Bowtell (2017) Tracking head movement inside an MR scanner using voltages induced in coils by time-varying gradients, Annual Meeting of ISMRM, Hawaii, USA

JA Smith, GS Spencer, R Bowtell, PA Gowland, PM Glover (2017) A Novel Position and Orientation Sensor for MRI, Annual Meeting of ISMRM, Hawaii, USA

LI Bischoff , JA Smith , OE Mougin , GS Spencer , K Aphiwatthanasumet , PA Gowland , and RW Bowtell (2017) Relating external magnetic field changes to head movement using motion and field cameras, Annual Meeting of ISMRM, Hawaii, USA

GS Spencer, MEH Chowdhury, KJ Mullinger, R Bowtell (2016) Detecting visual evoked responses in simultaneous EEG-fMRI using Reference Layer Artefact Subtraction (RLAS), Annual Meeting of ISMRM, Singapore

MEH Chowdhury , KJ Mullinger, GS Spencer, R Bowtell (2015) Removing the Gradient Artefact Caused by 3D EPI in Simultaneous EEG-fMRI Experiments Using a Gradient Model Fit, Annual Meeting of ISMRM, Toronto, Canada

GS Spencer, KJ Mullinger and R Bowtell (2014) Difference Model Subtraction: a new method for removing residual gradient artefacts in EEG-fMRI, Annual Meeting of OHBM, Hamburg, Germany

GS Spencer, KJ Mullinger, A Peters and R Bowtell (2013) Simultaneous EEG-fMRI: Removing the Gradient Artefact using High Temporal Resolution Gradient Models, Annual Meeting of OHBM, Seattle, USA

GS Spencer, KJ Mullinger, A Peters, and R Bowtell (2012) Modelling and Removing the Gradient Artefact using a Gradient Model Fit (GMF), Annual Meeting of ISMRM, Melbourne, Australia

GS Spencer, KJ Mullinger, A Peters, and R Bowtell (2012) Modelling and Removing the Gradient Artefact using a Gradient Model Fit (GMF), British Chapter Postgraduate Symposium of ISMRM, Bristol, UK