Dr Maire N. Gorman


I am originally from Catterline, a beautiful fishing village on the north-east coast of Scotland. In primary 6 my family moved to Kilmarnock. I attended St Edmund Hall, Oxford where I gained an MPhys specialising in Atmospheric physics and Astrophysics. Since 2012 I have been a member of the ExoMol group based at University College London. I moved to Aberystwyth in January 2016 as a Teaching Fellow and am now employed as an Associate Lecturer (Teaching & Scholarship). I am an Associate Fellow of the HEA, Fellow of RAS and Member of the IOP.


Available Student Projects

For undergraduate students at A.U who wish to think about 3rd year and 4th year projects please see the project list here on Dr Rudi Winter's website.
Note the list is subject to change! I am happy to discuss possible student projects (term time and summer) subject to funding constraints.

Past Student Projects

I have supervised summer undergraduate projects (2016, 2017) through departmental bursaries, via the AberForward scheme and from funding from the Joy Welch Foundation . I also supervise undergraduate projects.

Previous projects (summer and term time) have included:

Research Papers

Sousa-Silva, Clara, McKemmish, Laura K., Chubb, Katy L., Gorman, Maire N., Baker, Jack S., Barton, Emma J., Rivlin, Tom, & Tennyson, Jonathan 2018, Physics Education Original Research By Young Twinkle Students (ORBYTS): when can students start performing original research?

Yurchenko, Sergei N., Sinden, Frances, Lodi, Lorenzo, Hill, Christian, Gorman, Maire N., & Tennyson, Jonathan 2018, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ExoMol line lists XXIV: A new hot line list for silicon monohydride, SiH

Prajapat, Laxmi, Jagoda, Pawel, Lodi, Lorenzo, Gorman, Maire N., Yurchenko, Sergei N., & Tennyson, Jonathan 2017, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ExoMol molecular line lists - XXIII: spectra of PO and PS

Prajapat, Laxmi, Jagoda, Pawel, Lodi, Lorenzo, Gorman, Maire N., Yurchenko, Sergei N., & Tennyson, Jonathan 2017, VizieR Online Data Catalog ExoMol line lists. PO and PS spectra

McKemmish, Laura K., Chubb, Katy L., Rivlin, Tom, Baker, Jack S., Gorman, Maire N., Heward, Anita, Dunn, William, & Tessenyi, Marcell 2017, Astronomy & Geophysics Bringing pupils into the ORBYTS of research

Tennyson, Jonathan, Yurchenko, Sergei N., Al-Refaie, Ahmed F., Barton, Emma J., Chubb, Katy L., Coles, Phillip A., Diamantopoulou, S., Gorman, Maire N., Hill, Christian, Lam, Aden Z., Lodi, Lorenzo, McKemmish, Laura K., Na, Yueqi, Owens, Alec, Polyansky, Oleg L., Rivlin, Tom, Sousa-Silva, Clara, Underwood, Daniel S., Yachmenev, Andrey & Zak, Emil 2017, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy The ExoMol database: Molecular line lists for exoplanet and other hot atmospheres

Gorman, Maire N., Lodi, Lorenzo, Leyland, Paul, Hill, Christian, Yurchenko, Sergy N., & Tennyson, Jonathan 2013, European Planetary Science Congress 2013, held 8-13 September in London, UK Hot temperatures line lists for metal hydrides

Conference Activity








Current Teaching Resonsibilities

Semester 1

Semester 2

Previous Teaching Experience

Postgraduate Demonstrator, UCL/ULO

  • University of London Observatory, 2nd year, Certificate in Astronomy course (1 semester, 33 hours).
  • University College London, 1st year undergraduate laboratories (5 semesters, 175 hours).
  • University of London Observatory, 3rd year practical astronomy (1 semester, 66 hours).
  • Postgraduate coursework marker, UCL

  • Year 1, Mathematical methods for physics (~600 scripts over 3 semesters)
  • Year 3, Modern Optics and Lasers (1 semester, ~150 worksheets in total)
  • Outreach

    I am a registered STEM Ambassador: I am more than happy to give talks about applying to Oxbridge (having come from a state school background) and/or talks on my research. I have previously presented for the UCL APEX series, UCL Astronomy Diploma club, Aberystwyth Science Cafe, West Wales Association of Young Scientists, SEREN Ceredigion branch meeting and planetarium shows.

    During my time at UCL I participated in the "Origins of Life" exhibit hosted at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2015. I also participated in a programme of professional development workshops on public engagement and teaching.

    Since moving to Aberystwyth I have been working with the Brilliant Club who are now expanding into Wales. To date, we have hosted 3 assessment centres for tutors in Aberystwyth. Previously I tutored at The RJ Mitchell Primary School and St Edwards Primary School in East London during 2015.

    I am also a part of the EduTwinkle team: I have worked with St Brendan's College Bristol on developing a programme of A-level remote research projects (see publications).

    During the summer months I supervise both undergraduate and Nuffield students (6 week placements) and work experience students. I also tutor as required for the Summer University run by the Centre for Widening Participation and Social Inclusion.


    Department of Physics & Astronomy
    University College London
    August 31, 2016
    Calculation of linelists for Chromium Hydride (CrH) & Manganese Hydride (MnH)
    Supervisors: Dr Sergey N. Yurchenko. & Professor Jonathan Tennyson
    Link to PhD

    University of Oxford, 2.1
    Master's project: Monte Carlo Simulation of X-ray spectra from Black Hole Winds
    4th Year Major Options: Astrophysics, Physics of Atmospheres & Oceans
    IOP Undergraduate Bursary 2008 - 2012
    Exhibition, St Edmund Hall, 2009 - 2012

    SQA Advanced Highers (A, Band 1): Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics
    Grange Academy & St Joseph's Academy, Kilmarnock, Scotland
    2002 - 2008

    Contact Details

    Dr. Maire N. Gorman
    Office 3.08
    Physical Sciences Building
    Department of Physics
    Penglais Campus
    University of Aberystwyth
    SY23 3BZ
    +44 (0)1970 622804


    The information provided on this and other pages by me, Maire Gorman (mng2@aber.ac.uk), is under my own personal responsibility and not that of the Aberystwyth University. Similarly, any opinions expressed are my own and are in no way to be taken as those of A.U.