School of Physics & Astronomy

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About the School

The School of Physics & Astronomy is recognised as a world-leading research establisment. With a growing academic research base, covering a diverse range of subject areas, the School offers a unique academic environment.

Reflecting the continued sucess of our research groups, physics teaching at St Andrews has been officially graded as "Excellent" with inspectors commenting on our "Outstanding" teaching environment.

Physics & Astronomy News

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Prof Hofling wins Walter-Schottky Prize
New member of academic staff Prof Sven Hofling has won this prize from the German Physical Society for his work in semiconductor quantum physics and engineering.
Earth-sized planet very near its start discovered
Astronomers, including researchers from our School, have for the first time weighed an Earth-sized planet orbiting another star.
More than a thousand extra-solar planets!
Astronomers worldwide have found more than 1000 extra-solar planets, including 11 new finds from the WASP project that involves researchers from this School.
Harnessing micro-structured thin films to improve solar cell efficiency
Research has shown that producing a quasi-random structure can improve efficiency in solar cells
New School President
Patrick Sandquist is the new School Student President.
Phys/Astro Careers Fair in the School 23 October
We are delighted to welcome back graduates from the School, and others, to tell us about their careers and to talk informally with current students. All students and staff in the School are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Viktorija wins prize in the University Internships Scheme
Six of the School's undergraduate students had posters at the University's reception for summer internships. Viktorija Globyte won top prize for the Science Faculty.
Information for new and returning students
We look forward to welcoming new and returning students. This page provides some information relevant for the new academic session.
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Other sites of interest:

  The University's News Pages

  Physics News from Physics Today

09 July 2003