Noel Rutter

Dr Noel Rutter


  • Position Director of Studies Fellow Tutor
  • Subject areas Materials Science & Metallurgy
  • 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

Professor Helle Porsdam

Humanities Society: Science as a Cultural Human Right

24/05/2022 at 17.45

Join Professor Helle Porsdam for an evening talk which focuses on the right to science – a little known but potentially powerful human right.

Ellie Bladon, PhD student in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Science Society: Parental care: an evolutionary case of “use it or lose it”

27/05/2022 at 17.45

Phenotypic plasticity enables animals to flexibly adjust their behaviour to their social environment – sometimes through the expression of adaptive traits that have not been exhibited for several generations. The ability to revive these ‘ghosts of adaptations past’ could prove beneficial for populations living in a changing world.

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Working on Your Dissertation

28/05/2022 at 10.00

This workshop will cover several aspects of formatting and proofreading a dissertation.

Kill or Cure poster

Art exhibition: 'Kill or Cure'

28/05/2022 at 10.00

Lethal or life-giving? Wolfson's exciting contemporary art exhibition explores the potential of animals, plants, and substances from the natural world to ‘Kill’ and/or ‘Cure’ (open to the public Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm).

Daniel Phillips playing violin and Victor Wang playing Piano

Music Society Lunchtime Concert: Daniel Phillips & Victor Wang

28/05/2022 at 13.30

Join us live in the Lee Hall for an hour-long lunchtime concert of violin and piano, performed by Daniel Phillips and Victor Wang.