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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

School Colloquium

Date
27/05/2015
Location:
B13 Physics Building
Description
Dr Tuomas Knowles, University of Cambridge. Talk title: TBA

Particle Theory Seminar

Date
29/05/2015
Location:
A113 CAPT
Description
Djuna Croon (Sussex). Inflating with Goldstone bosons

Astronomy Seminar

Date
03/06/2015
Location:
C12 Physics
Description
Andrew Blain (Leicester). The nature and environments of powerful WISE-selected AGNs

Astronomy Seminar

Date
10/06/2015
Location:
C12 Physics
Description
Padelis Papadopoulos (Cardiff). The state and mass of H2 gas in galaxies: a new emerging view

School Colloquium

Date
24/06/2015
Location:
B13 Physics Building
Description
Prof George Efstathio, Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge. Talk title, TBA.

Latest News

School Staff Win Guardian University Award

Description
The School is proud to announce that a support staff team led by John Middleton and Chris Pallender has been awarded a Guardian Newspaper University 2015 Award. The award was in the Sustainability category for recycling of helium.
Date:
01/04/2015

Physicists win UoN Staff Oscars

Description
The School is delighted to announce that two members of School staff have won University of Nottingham Staff Oscars. Professor Philip Moriarty won Best All-Rounder in the Teaching category and Dr Meghan Gray was runner up for Best Use of Technology. Both awards richly deserved.
Date:
24/03/2015

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

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School of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham NG7 2RD

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