Dr Victoria Fawcett (Astronomer PDRA)


I am currently a Research Associate at Newcastle University working with Dr Chris Harrison.

I am an observational astronomer interested in the multi-wavelength properties of active galaxies. My main research focus is dust reddened quasars and whether these are a link in galaxy evolution.

I am part of the Multi-object Optical and Near-IR spectrograph (MOONS) collaboration, which will have first light in 2025. I am also involved in the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) collaboration, exploring the spectroscopic properties of red quasars.

My PhD explored the radio properties of red quasars and how these compare to typical blue quasars. 

I enjoy getting involved with outreach and currently hold an STFC Spark Award for the project Space Investigators: Astronomy in the North East.

Me at my PhD graduation

Durham University PhD graduation

Me drinking a martini

Lockdown drinks

Me surfing

Surfing in Devon

Me making cocktails

Cocktail making at the University of Warwick

Astronomy and Cosmology at Durham University Campaign 

I took part in the Astronomy and Cosmology campagin at Durham University, providing a short video about my research (see right).

I also wrote a blog post.

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell at Durham Castle 

Me stood behind a lectern
Wendy Powers, Jocelyn Bell Burnell and me

(left) Principal Wendy Powers of University College Durham, (middle) Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, (right) Myself

On March 5th, 2022, I hosted a talk by Astronomer Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell at Durham Castle. The talk was centered around women in STEM and active ways to improve the current gender imbalance.