Welcome to the Department of Physics
We are proud of our award-winning teaching facilities, such as the £30M Central Teaching Laboratory which is the core of all of our undergraduate laboratory courses. By providing our students access to state-of-the-art facilties from their first day on campus, we equip them with the essential experimental skills required by a modern physicist. We have pioneered a range of innovative remote and hybrid teaching techniques, including online coding workshops, and use our virtual learning environment Canvas to explain the physics principles that underpin nature.
We are a recognised leader in postgraduate teaching and are currently the coordinator of two STFC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science, LIV.DAT and LIV.INNO, a member of EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training on risk and uncertainty and new and sustainable photovoltaics, as well as coordinator of a large number of pan-European Doctoral Networks in areas such as medical accelerators, antimatter physics and plasma accelerators.
We are currently ranked as a UK top 10 physics department when it comes to the quality of our research (REF2021). A wide range of research is performed in our department across particle physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, accelerator science and physics education research. Our research is funded from a wide range of funders, including EPSRC, STFC, the Royal Society and the European Union.
We provide access to world-class research infrastructure through research institutes and centres hosted at the University, specialising in fields such as renewable energy, innovative materials, accelerator science, and semiconductor sensors. REF2021 positioned us 7th nationally for the quality of our research environment and joint 3rd for our overall activities that are either nationally leading or world-class.
Our research leaders teach our students the fundamentals of physics, passing on their expertise and passion for the subject. Through our public engagement and outreach activities, we inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The personal attention we offer to each student, including a network of academic advisors and our open-door policy, through which all academics can be approached in an informal way, underlines our commitment to help each and every student to succeed in their studies and enjoy their time in our Department.
We work closely with our student-led Physics Society to continuously enhance the overall student experience.
I hope that you find the information you are looking for on our website.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at any time if you have any questions.
Prof Tim Veal, Head of Department