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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

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Cardiff lecturer strives to tackle gender inequality in physics

15 July 2021

Wendy Sadler delivers presentation as part of '7th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics'

Gang of black holes spotted at centre of star cluster

5 July 2021

Scientists say surprising new finding could explain the mass evacuation of stars in a tidal stream which, up until now, has remained a mystery.

Black hole and neutron star merger detected for first time

29 June 2021

Cardiff University scientists help to identify brand new source of gravitational waves around a billion light-years from Earth

Cardiff astronomers join Twinkle space mission

10 June 2021

Academics from the School of Physics and Astronomy are taking part in a pioneering space telescope project to understand more about planets beyond our Solar System

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Students speak up to praise excellence in teaching

3 June 2021

Physics staff recognised for excellence in teaching via the Enriching Student Life Awards

Breakthrough in 3D magnetic nanostructures could transform modern-day computing

28 May 2021

Cardiff University scientists create first ever three-dimensional replica of ‘spin-ice’ material

Cardiff academic named President of the Royal Astronomical Society

25 May 2021

Professor Mike Edmunds to lead the prestigious 200-year-old organisation

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Cardiff attracts Nobel laureate for inspiring lecture on how to teach science

21 May 2021

Professor Carl Wieman of Stanford University delivers enlightening insight to innovate education

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Student-driven program gives valuable insight to charities

17 May 2021

PhD students help charities to discover advanced data capabilities

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PhD Students recognised for excellence in teaching and learning support

13 May 2021

First PhD students to achieve the status of ‘Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy’ (AFHEA)

Bernard Schutz

Fellowship for pioneer of gravitational wave astronomy

10 May 2021

Professor Bernard Schutz is made a Fellow of the Royal Society.