School of Physics & Astronomy

Welcome to the School of Physics & Astronomy


We run a popular undergraduate physics programme. We pride ourselves on being a centre that is internationally recognised for the quality of teaching and research. We hope that you will enjoy learning a little more about us through this site. 

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Women Physicists

28/04/22: A School response to comments by government commissioner Katharine Birbalsingh. 

"Our School contains many women who love studying, teaching and advancing physics, including the maths (both easy and hard) that is part of our work.
The barriers to more women studying physics are complex, we are working hard to address them, but there is more still to be done.
For those interested in what can be done to encourage more women to study physics at school we recommend reading the excellent research done by the Institute of Physics."

Research Excellence Framework 2021

The Research Excellence Framework (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. 

The School of Physics maintains a strong position in the upper quartile of the Physics Unit of Assessment, with an increase from REF2014 in the percentage of both ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’ outputs, with more than a doubling of the percentage assessed as ‘world-leading’. The impact case studies submitted had an increase in those rated as ‘outstanding’ and the research environment also recognised being at least ‘internationally excellent’, with an increase to 75% ‘world-leading’ compared to REF2014. 

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 REF2021 described the work we have undertaken explaining physics research on the Sixty Symbols YouTube channel.

 

Physics BlogKeep up-to-date with what's happening around the School with this new blog written by our staff and students.

Physics Foundation ProgrammeHave you decided you would like to study physics but don't think you have the right qualifications? Check out our Foundation Programme.

 

 

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Latest News

Vice-Chancellor's Medal awarded to staff and students in the School

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Many congratulations to the members of our School, Nick Botterill, Wendy Brennan, Lizzie Elmer, Niall Holmes, Peter Milligan, who today received their for exceptional achievement by staff or students.
Date:
31/03/2022

Nottingham Physics Professor wins prestigious Blavatnik Award for his pioneering work on quantum sensing the brain

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Prof Matt Brookes has been recognised for his revolutionary work in brain imaging, with a Physical Sciences & Engineering Laureate award from the the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences. https://youtu.be/jlGHDxpIi6o
Date:
19/01/2022

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