School of Physics & Astronomy

How others see us

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. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise our School came out equal second in the UK for the quality of its research in physics and astronomy.

In many recent newspaper and similar league tables the School and the wider University have done very well.

In the National Student Survey in recent years the School has been highly rated, coming top in the UK for student satisfaction in 2013. In 2014 we were in 6th place in the UK.

The School was awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2013 in recognition of its work aiming to ensure a workplace that is managed well for all staff, including under represented groups.

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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