Welcome from The Head of School

Welcome from The Head of School

Welcome to the School of Physics & Astronomy! The School is part of the College of Science & Engineering at the University of Glasgow and we have our own mission statement, consistent with that of the University but stressing our particular role within the institution. It is “to carry out research of world class and use it to maximum advantage for Scotland and the United Kingdom, and to provide training of the highest calibre at both specialist and general levels". The School is also part of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance, which is a pooling of physics research and post-graduate education in 8 Scottish universities: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot Watt, St Andrews, Strathclyde and West of Scotland.

We are proud of our record in both research and teaching. For several years the School has ranked in the top quartile of Russell Group UK Physics Departments in terms of our research income per academic FTE, and for many years the School has consistently scored highly for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey and other student barometers. Our undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses and degree programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics.

To give you a feel for the size of the School, we have around 45 members of academic staff, over 80 members of research staff, about 100 graduate students and 50 members of support staff.

The School holds the status of “Juno Champion”, awarded by the Institute of Physics, and “Athena Swan” Silver: these awards recognise our efforts to address the under-representation of women in physics higher education, and more generally to support the careers and development of all of our students and staff – all of whom we expect will cultivate ethical working practices and an environment of mutual respect and support.

We offer courses leading to BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) degrees in Physics, Theoretical Physics, Physics with Astrophysics and Physics & Astronomy, along with degrees where part of the material is taught in other schools. The most popular such combinations are with mathematics and chemistry. We also offer a range of taught Masters programmes, in both pure and applied fields, including a new programme in Quantum Technology - delivered jointly with the School of Engineering - that recognises Glasgow's leadership of QuantIC) the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging.

In research our school has internationally acclaimed groupings across the full spectrum of physics and astronomy covering everything from nature's fundamental building blocks to the application of the latest scientific advances in areas such as healthcare and environmental monitoring. For example, the School's Institute for Gravitational Research played a key role in the first ever direct detection of gravitational waves, awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics. We pride ourselves in the training we offer our graduate students both in their scientific and personal development, equipping them for successful future careers.

Whatever your interest in Glasgow I hope that the information contained on our web site answers your questions. If not, please don't hesitate to contact my office (+44 141 330 4709).

Martin Hendry, May 2018