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Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy leads on a successful bid for a GW4 Building Communities Development Award

18 January 2023

The school has been successful in their bid for funding from the GW4 Building Communities Development Awards to develop a community of practice in STEMM

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Children’s University rolled out more widely in Cardiff

8 December 2022

Pupils from all backgrounds will be able to earn a Passport to the City

Two views of the Southern Ring Nebula shown side by side. Both feature black backgrounds speckled with tiny bright stars and distant galaxies.

Astronomers continue to unravel mysteries of stellar afterlife in new images from space telescope

8 December 2022

JWST reveals complexity of stellar structure in greater detail than ever before

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Recognition for Physics PhD student

13 October 2022

Physics PhD student recognised as a full Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Black hole at the center of a spiral galaxy

“Wobbling black hole” most extreme example ever detected

12 October 2022

Gravitational waves identify what could be a rare one-in-1000 event

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The Welsh school children helping NASA save the planet from asteroid strikes

26 September 2022

The Welsh school children helping NASA save the planet from asteroid strikes

Graduation celebrations for ‘exceptional’ physics student

21 July 2022

Josh Colclough, Winner of the School Prize for Outstanding Physics Project, draws praise from leading academics in the UK.

Exoplanet mission given £30m boost

27 June 2022

New funding will help Cardiff University scientists explore how 1,000 known planets outside our solar system were formed and evolved.

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New Investigator Award to develop improved soft image sensors for medical diagnostics

20 June 2022

Dr Bo Hou from the School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded a prestigious New Investigator Award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to investigate improvements to soft image sensors which have become vital in many areas of our daily lives.

Dr Pete Barry, Dr Angharad Jones and Dr John Harvey

Future research leaders to tackle global issues and commercialise innovations

15 June 2022

Dr Angharad Jones, School of Biosciences, Dr Pete Barry from the School of Physics and Astronomy and Dr John Harvey, soon to join the School of Mathematics, have been awarded prestigious Future Leaders Fellowships from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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Physics and Astronomy student awarded grant from Innovative Scholarships Programme

8 June 2022

Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund support awarded to Physics and Astronomy student, Gayathri Eknath.

School celebrates increase in Research Power in REF 2021

17 May 2022

The School of Physics and Astronomy sees research power almost triple since REF 2014.The School has received a GPA score of 3.45 in REF 2021, with 99% of our overall submission considered world-leading or internationally excellent.

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Beautiful image of supernova is ESO’s image of the month

6 April 2022

Dr Cosimo Inserra, who is the Principal Investigator of the team on the ePESSTO+ survey, has identified a number of stellar explosions, including this image of a type 2 supernova.

Could life be making its own habitable environment in the clouds of Venus?

20 December 2021

Researchers suggest potential lifeforms could be producing ammonia which would trigger a chain of events that makes the clouds more tolerable to live in.

Gravitational wave scientists set their sights on dark matter

15 December 2021

Incredibly sensitive instruments used in landmark discoveries could help solve one of the biggest remaining mysteries in the Universe

Black holes of ‘all shapes and sizes’ in new gravitational wave catalogue

11 November 2021

Largest ever collection of gravitational wave detections released thanks to pioneering upgrades to detector technology

Astronomers investigating death of nearby galaxies find their culprit

2 November 2021

Scientists provided clearest evidence yet of mechanisms that lead to the shutdown of star formation in galaxies across the Universe

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Physics and Astronomy top in Wales in Guardian University Guide

1 October 2021

Physics and Astronomy top in Wales in Guardian Guide

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Athena Swan Silver Award for School of Physics and Astronomy

7 September 2021

The School achieves recognition of its commitment to gender equality with an Athena Swan Silver Award.

Dr Phil Buckle

Obituary to Dr. Phil Buckle

16 July 2021

With a heavy heart, but great fondness, all of us here mourn the death of our friend Phil Buckle