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Physics and Astronomy top in Wales in Guardian University Guide

1 October 2021

Students doing project in lab

The School of Physics and Astronomy was rated top in Wales and one of the top 15 Schools in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2022. Cardiff University jumped three places from last year to become the top university for physics in Wales.

The School was recognised by the Guardian University Guide for factors such as its commitment to teaching and to student satisfaction. This year the School was given an overall satisfaction rating of 89.9% by its students and 91.4% were satisfied with the course they were studying.

The School is proud of its student satisfaction record and regularly scores over 90% in the National Student Satisfaction (NSS) table.

The School’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr Richard Lewis, commented: “We are really pleased that our students feel that they are valued and that they appreciate the commitment of our staff to making our teaching clear and accessible for our students. We aim to make physics and astronomy relevant and exciting and to deliver the skills our students need to succeed in a wide range of careers. Our consistently high ratings in the NSS show that our students appreciate the learning environment that we have developed.”

The School also scored well in the Guardian guide on expenditure per student and student to staff ratio.

Dr Lewis said: “The School is particularly proud that we have achieved these results in what has been a challenging time for both staff and students during the pandemic, and we aim to continue improving the teaching and learning environment for our students.”

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