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

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Cambridge Festival: Tree Trail

17/03/2023 at 10.00

A self-guided Tree Trail around the beautiful and varied garden 'rooms' of the grounds of Wolfson College.

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Art Exhibition: 'Signs for the Living'

25/03/2023 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'Signs for the Living' featuring work by Hannah Lister, winner of this year's Wolfson Royal Academy Schools Graduate prize.

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Wolfson Easter Market and Boat Race Event 2023

26/03/2023 at 14.00

You are invited to Wolfson's Easter Market and Boat Race Event!

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Wolfson Enterprise Competition Final 2023

28/03/2023 at 13.00

Join us for the Wolfson Enterprise Competition 2023 Finals, where the top-ranked teams will pitch their ideas to our expert panel of judges.

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The Right to Repair

28/03/2023 at 17.30

Join John Naughton and a panel of experts at this Cambridge Festival discussion of why it’s important to take back control of things we own.