Noel Rutter

Dr Noel Rutter


  • Position Governing Body Fellows
  • School Physical Sciences

As Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Noel oversees the recruitment and admission of undergraduate students to the College. He also directs studies in Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Noel Rutter

Noel studied the Natural Sciences Tripos in Cambridge (1994-1997) specialising in Materials Science and then going on to complete his PhD in Cambridge. He then spent two years working for the US Department of Energy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and subsequently a superconducting R&D company in New York. He took up an academic position in Cambridge in 2006, spending a decade as Director of Undergraduate Teaching in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy. During this period he was a Fellow of Jesus College for 7 years and Director of Education for the School of Physical Sciences for 3 years. In 2018 he became Associate Professor and Director of Teaching in Materials Science at Monash University, Melbourne, before returning to Cambridge and then joining Wolfson College in the summer of 2021.

Noel has taught a wide range of courses in Materials Science and was awarded the University’s Pilkington Prize in 2016. As well as directing studies in Physical Natural Sciences and Engineering at Wolfson he is also a Director of Studies at Clare and Selwyn. Noel’s research has spanned technical and educational spheres. He has an interest in the fabrication and characterisation of superconducting materials, and on the educational front is interested in curriculum development and innovative educational approaches.


What's on

Saptarishi by Simon Patterson

Art Exhibition: 'Simon Patterson: Out of Order'

26/11/2022 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'Out of Order' featuring work by prominent artist Simon Patterson, open to the public, Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm.

Children listening to loud music

Thinking Against Babylon, One Beat at a Time: Black Music as Radical, De-colonial Epistemology

29/11/2022 at 17.30

What is radical and de-colonial about Black music as an instrument for radical thought? 

Wolfson in Singapore

Wolfson in Singapore

29/11/2022 at 19.00

Join Sian Cook, Director of Networks, for our Wolfson in Singapore events

Musician from Cambridge University Brass Band

Music and Madeira: Festive Fun with Cambridge University Brass Band

29/11/2022 at 21.00

A recital following Formal Hall with the Cambridge University Brass Band performing seasonal music.

A poster of Wolfson Sustainability Thinking Space Research and Personal. A brain with heart and cogs in different shades of green surrounded by white text with icons showing hands and a building

Sustainability Thinking Space

30/11/2022 at 17.30

A free, interactive sustainability education and thinking space open to all Wolfson members, providing a guided space to develop your sustainability thinking, action and development.