The School of Physical Sciences is situated in a newly refurbished teaching and laboratory building on the Canterbury Campus of the University of Kent.
The School is part of the Faculty of Sciences and offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research programmes in Chemistry, Forensic Science and Physics. SPS will welcome its first cohort of chemistry undergraduates in 2013. A number of our programmes also offer opportunities to study abroad, after which students are able to acquire employment prospects both within and outside the UK.
There are just over 800 students and 30 full time academic staff within the School, along with a growing number of clerical, administrative and support staff. Our student and staff community come from a diverse range of backgrounds and from all over the world. SPS graduates do very well in the employment market as a result of our high-quality teaching, and the School maintains good links with our alumni who return to talk to current students or for further study. Many of our alumni around the world also occupy prominent positions in the public sector, in industry and in academia.
SPS is a dynamic department achieving national and international excellence in both teaching and research. The research is led by four groups: Applied Optics, the Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Forensic Imaging and Functional Materials. We have numerous collaborative links with colleagues in other universities and research institutions, both in the UK and overseas. Our research effort is constantly expanding with a significant growth in our academic staff and a subsequent growing number of postgraduate research students - who become involved in our teaching and outreach activities. The recent expansion has meant that our research expertise as a School has increased, particularly in the field of Chemistry which has further developed our standing in Materials Chemistry.
SPS has also developed a very active Outreach programme within schools and professional institutions at both local and national level. We hold an annual Space School in the summer holidays for students aged 11-18 years old which is highly popular, and in 2013 held our first Forensic Science weekend. We take our various talks and demonstrations, such as ‘Cool Physics’ out to schools as well as our mobile planetarium, the Astrodome.
The School is also part of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet), a consortium of nine world-class universities whose aim is to change the face of physics, by leading the way with high quality research, teaching and outreach activities.
This is an exciting time for the School with new facilities, a new Chemistry programme and new academic experts joining us to compliment our expanding student population.