School of Physics & Astronomy

How others see us

In many recent newspaper and similar league tables the School and the wider University have done very well. In the 2020 Complete University Guide for Physics and Astronomy and the 2020 Guardian League Table for Physics St Andrews comes top in the UK.

The National Student Survey (NSS) published in 2019 named St Andrews the UK’s top mainstream university, the eleventh time in the past 13 years that this University has been at the very top of this table. The School was the top ranked in Physics and Astronomy for overall student satisfaction in the 2019 NSS tables.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) our resarch in physics and astrophysics was ranked third in the UK for quality. The submission to REF was through PHYESTA, the physics and astronomy research programme that is joint between the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews.

The School has Juno Champion status from the Institute of Physics, and Athena SWAN Silver Status. All our first degree programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics.

The overall message that I take from the various tables is that St Andrews is a highly respected University, where students feel that they matter, and that our School is very well regarded for its high-quality teaching and research.

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