Welcome to the School of Physics & Astronomy
We run a popular undergraduate physics programme. 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 teaching and research and hope that you will enjoy learning a little more about us through this site.
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Research Excellence Framework 2014
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. We are delighted to announce that the latest assessment placed the School of Physics and Astronomy in 3rd place of all the physics departments in the 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.
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- The School of Physics and Astronomy is offering a variety of virtual and in-person activities in place of our regular June Open Days. Prospective students can sign up for virtual Open Day presentations, attend in-person campus visits, and view videos showcasing a variety of different teaching and learning opportunities.
- School physicists, with colleagues at Loughborough and Innopolis universities, have discovered a potentially game changing feature of quantum bit behaviour which would allow scientists to simulate complex quantum systems without the need for enormous computing power.
- School researchers in collaboration with neuroscientists at UCL and Kent based company Magnetic Shields Limited have partnered to develop and market a new type of wearable brain scanner. The device will be brought to market by a new spin-out company Cerca Magnetics Limited.
- Three members of staff in the School of Physics and Astronomy have been awarded 2020 Institute of Physics Medals and Prizes: