Physics in Education

16th September 2014

UK University Rankings for Physics 2015

An update on the current top 10 universities for physics in the UK including both the Guardian, thecompleteuniversityguide and Times:

The Sunday Times Good University League Table 2015:

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. University of Birmingham
  3. University of Bath
  4. University of St. Andrews
  5. University of Lancaster
  6. Durham University
  7. University of Oxford
  8. Imperial College London
  9. University of Nottingham
  10. University of Manchester

The Guardian University  League Table 2015:

  1. University of St. Andrews
  2. University of Oxford
  3. University of Birmingham
  4. University of Hertfordshire
  5. University of Herriot-Watt
  6. Imperial College London
  7. Durham University
  8. University College of London (UCL)
  9. University of Edinburgh
  10. University of Lancaster

TheCompleteUniversityGuide 2015:

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. Imperial College London
  3. Durham University
  4. University of St. Andrews
  5. University of Oxford
  6. University of Birmingham
  7. University of Warwick
  8. University of Bath
  9. University of Lancaster
  10. University College of London (UCL)

10th September 2013

Number of new physics teachers doesn’t reach UK target

This year the number of people accepted to train as physics teachers was only 560 in the United Kingdom which was far below the ambitious target set by the government of 990. Michael Gove expressed his concerns at the news and stated that more should be done to attract graduates into the teaching profession. This news comes days after the announcement of an extra £5,000 bonus which could be potentially added to the £20,000 golden hello to competent physics graduates to entice them into teaching.

Personally I have also considered physics teaching as a fulfilling career path however the salary that one earns does not seem enough when you compare it to the whole host of other career paths on offer to a newly graduated physicist. Graduates who do not go into academic research can expect a generous salary in IT, financial and engineering firms. I think this increase in training bursaries is a step in the right direction but also think that a more positive response would be met by starting STEM newly qualified teachers higher up the teaching pay scale corresponding to their subjects demand.

My A level physics teacher was the reason that I decided to do a physics degree and we always need more enthusiastic people like him to bring the subject alive for the next generation!

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source: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/sep/06/teacher-applications-physics-maths-education

13th August 2013

UK University Rankings for Physics 2014

An update on the current top 10 universities for physics in the UK including both the Guardian and thecompleteuniversityguide:

The Guardian University  League Table 2014:

  1. University of Oxford
  2. Lancaster University
  3. University of St. Andrews
  4. University of Birmingham
  5. Imperial College London
  6. University College of London (UCL)
  7. Durham University
  8. University of Hertfordshire
  9. University of Leicester
  10. University of Strathclyde

TheCompleteUniversityGuide 2014

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. University of Oxford
  3. Durham University
  4. Imperial College London
  5. University of Glasgow
  6. University of St. Andrews
  7. Lancaster University
  8. University of Birmingham
  9. University of Warwick
  10. University of Surrey

12th September 2012

UK University Rankings 2012

In the UK there are 3 main university rankings that should be followed when thinking about a universities reputation, the Times, the Guardian and thecompleteunivesityguide. For physics the top 10 are as follows:

The Times Good University Guide 2012:

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. University of St Andrews
  3. Lancaster University
  4. University of Birmingham
  5. University of Oxford
  6. Durham University
  7. University of Nottingham
  8. University of Glasgow
  9. University of Manchester
  10. University of Sussex

The Guardian University League Table 2013:

  1. University of Oxford
  2. Lancaster University
  3. University of St Andrews
  4. University of Manchester
  5. University of Birmingham
  6. University of Liverpool
  7. University College of London
  8. University of Sussex
  9. University of Edinburgh
  10. Durham University

TheCompleteUniversityGuide 2013:

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. University of Oxford
  3. University of St Andrews
  4. Durham University
  5. Imperial College of London
  6. University of Birmingham
  7. University of Leeds
  8. University of Bath
  9. University of Sussex
  10. University of Glasgow

12th September 2012

QS World University Rankings 2012

Each year QS release their world university rankings for overall prestige and by subject. The site regarding the ranking can be found at – http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2012.

The overall top 10 universities this year for physics and astronomy are:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US
  2. Havard University, US
  3. Stanford University, US
  4. University of Oxford, UK
  5. University of Cambridge, UK
  6. Princeton University, US
  7. University of California, US
  8. University of Chicago, US
  9. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  10. ETH Zurich, Switzerland

The subject rankings for physics and astronomy include the top 200 institutes in the world to study, the universities in the UK who made it into the top 200 are:

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University College of London
  • University of Southampton
  • Durham University
  • King’s College London
  • Royal Holloway of London
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Salford
  • Lancaster University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • University of Bath
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Surrey
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