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Welcome to the School of Physics & Astronomy

We run one of the most popular undergraduate physics programmes in the country. Our teaching has been rated 'excellent' and in the recent Research Excellence Framework  (REF2014), in which the research quality of all UK higher education institutions has been assessed, we have been placed joint 3rd of all the Physics departments in the country. We pride ourselves on being a centre that is internationally recognised for the quality of our teaching and research and hope that you will enjoy learning a little more about us through this site.

We publish an annual newsletter, particularly aimed at prospective students, which highlights some of the exciting activities undertaken by our current undergraduates.


Research Excellence Framework 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, assesses all subjects in all universities across the UK, based on submissions describing their research and the wider societal impact that it has had. We are delighted to announce that the latest such assessment, REF2014, placed the School of Physics and Astronomy in 3rd place of all the physics departments in the country. It is also notable that we provided the only physics submissions that were placed in the top 5 in both REF2014 and the previous implementation of this process in 2008, making us the consistently best physics department in the entire country!

In addition to being delighted that our research and the associated societal impact has been recognized in this way, we take pride in the close link that we make between the research and the teaching that we undertake at all levels, from outreach activities in schools to the advanced research projects that our undergraduates carry out as part of their courses. Indeed, one of the “impact case studies” that we included as a key part of our submission for REF2014 described the work we have undertaken explaining physics research on the Sixty Symbols YouTube channel.


Excellent performance in NSS (National Student Survey): We are delighted that our graduating students rated us at 95% for ‘overall satisfaction’ with their physics degree course. This is reflected in our high position (5th) in the recently published Times national league table for Physics.

Events

Astronomy Seminar

Date
04/03/2015
Location:
C4 Physics
Description
Ewald Puchwein (Cambridge). 'The thermal and ionization history of the intergalactic medium: insights from recent CMB and Lyman-alpha emitter data'

Astronomy Seminar

Date
11/03/2015
Location:
C4 Physics
Description
Quenched galaxies in isolation. Samantha Penny (Portsmouth)

School Colloquium

Date
18/03/2015
Location:
B13 Physics Building
Description
Prof Stephen Curry, Imperial College London. Talk title: "Scientists: do yourselves a favour and get out of the laboratory".

Seminar title:fNIRS and applications in auditory neuroscience

Date
19/03/2015
Description
Rebecca Dewey ,NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit

Public Science Lecture

Date
19/03/2015
Location:
B1 Physics Building
Description
Florence Annan, PhD student, Clostridia Research Group, Life Sciences, UoN. How to make Jet Fuel (and other useful things) from Greenhouse Gases

Latest News

New Graphene Growth MBE Facility Opens

Description
The School's new MBE facility for graphene growth has opened. The facility, lead by Prof Sergei Novikov, will help to unlock the full potential of graphene in electronics and optoelectronics.
Date:
22/01/2015

Recreating nature's dumbbells using magnetic levitation

Description
School researchers have used magnetic levitation techniques to demonstrate the formation of splash-form tektites. These tiny pieces of glass, with shapes ranging from dumbbells to doughnuts, are formed from rapidly spinning droplets of molten rock.
Date:
22/01/2015

School researchers secure major funding to develop ultra-cold atom nano-sensors

Description
Researchers in the School have secured a £6 million grant to build a research facility to prototype a new generation of tiny ultra-cold atom based nano-sensors.
Date:
28/11/2014

Physicist wins at National Student Radio Awards

Description
The School is very pleased to announce that fourth year physics student, Izzie Clarke, has won gold in the 'Best Female' category of the recent National Student Radio Awards. Congratulations Izzie!
Date:
24/11/2014

Quick Links

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Marie Curie Initial Training Networks

Oxford-Nottingham Biomedical Imaging MRC/EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training

Project Juno - advancing the careers of women in Physics.

Midlands Physics Alliance Graduate School

Athena Swan Silver-Award

 

 

School of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham NG7 2RD

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