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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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New Skin Cancer Treatment Device Launched
A wearable light source capable of treating common skin cancers has been launched. This device was developed by Professor Ifor Samuel of our School and Professor James Ferguson at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
Quantum Optics Conference to come to St Andrews this Summer
The 17th Central-European Workshop on Quantum Optics CEWQO is being held this year in St. Andrews on 6th-11th June. The meeting is being organised by Natalia Korolkova and Ulf Leonhardt.
Scientific Meeting on Extra-terrestrial Life
Dr Martin Dominik proposed and organised a scientific discussion meeting at the Royal Society on "The detection of extra-terrestrial life and the consequences for science and society". This was widely reported in the media.
Earlier detection of cancer using Raman spectroscopy
Collaborative research involving our School and the Bute Medical School has developed a powerful technique that could allow earlier cancer detection. This relies on 'Raman spectroscopy', and is another example of optical physicists working with medical scientists to develop new techniques.
Student-Staff Dinner Dance is Great Success
Our students organised another great Christmas Dinner Dance; this one was held in the St Andrews Golf Hotel on 17 December.
Nobel Lecture, Offical Opening of New Teaching Spaces, Building Named
On 27 November Prof Sir Anthony Leggett gave a public presentation on "Why can't time run backwards", and the University Principal formally opened the new teaching spaces and named the J F Allen Building.
Congrats to New Graduates
PhD and MSc students from the School graduated at the St Andrews Day ceremonies. They were joined by Prof Sir Anthony Leggett, who received an honorary degree in recognition of his major contributions to science.
Major new funding for Scottish Universities Physics Alliance
Scotland is to invest almost £50 million in SUPAII to grow its university physics research capabilities in a move which will cement the nation's claim to be a global leader in scientific research and discovery.
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Other sites of interest:

  The University's News Pages

  Physics News from Physics Today

09 July 2003