School of Physics & Astronomy

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.

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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.

Latest News

Sixty Symbols – Institute of Physics Kelvin Prize for outstanding public engagement

The Sixty Symbols YouTube Channel features 290 videos, boasts more than 570,000 subscribers, has had more than 54 million views and is regularly the focus of attention in school classrooms across the world.

International Conference on Low Dimensional Structures and Devices 2016

The School is pleased to announce that Prof Mohamed Henini (Nottingham) and Prof Isaac Hernandez (CINVESTAV, Mexico) will jointly chair the eighth International Conference on Low Dimensional Structures and Devices (LDSD) later this year. The conference will take place in Paraiso Beach - Mayan Riviera / Mexican Caribbean – Mexico on August 28 – September 02, 2016.

International Physics Tournament 2016 Success

Congratulation to physics students Michael Wilson, David Collomb, Luc Magwood, Connor Pettitt, and team leader Thomas Flynn on a brilliant 6th place (out of 15) in the IPT 2016. The team, the only representatives from the UK, competed in the final in Paris on Friday 22nd April.

Quick Links



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



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