About us

Our world-leading research helps us to better understand the physical world around us and informs the education of our students to ensure we produce highly employable graduates.

We seek to gain a deeper understanding of the world around us and to provide solutions to major challenges facing science and society. We work within a stimulating and dynamic research environment supported by high quality modern research facilities and internationally renowned research staff.

Our students

We provide a friendly, supportive learning environment for our students. We aim to give them a thorough grounding in the principles of physics and astronomy. We challenge them to solve practical problems and deepen their understanding of science so to convey the excitement and universal importance of the subject to society and the wider community.

Independent recognition

We were ranked 6th in the UK in the latest Research Assessment Exercise with 99% of our research being deemed world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Our students also value our teaching and facilities. 96% of them reported that they were satisfied overall with the quality of our courses in the latest National Student Survey.

We were awarded Juno Practitioner status by the Institute of Physics' Juno Assessment Panel in recognition of our equality and diversity practices.