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We have  three main teaching spaces within the department. A dedicated Access Grid video conference lecture room (T125) and a fully-equipped undergraduate laboratory, with a large number of PCs installed with software for use in the laboratory and for completing reports , performing computations and analysis and to take data, are available to our students.

We also have a teaching resource room, which is a flexible space for student talks, presentations and poster sessions as well as a Telescope dome, which is located at the top of the Tolansky building. It houses a small meade equatorially mounted GPS telescope, cameras and readout computers.

Our undergraduate, postgraduate and research students typically have significant access to the fabrication and research facilities. We’re fortunate to allow third and fourth year Physics undergraduates significant access to the nanofabrication, cryogenic laboratories, laser and accelerator laboratories during their final year projects.

Find out more about our teaching facilities below:

Teaching spaces

Lecture room T125

T125RunningThis is the main lecture room in the department and has recently been completely refurbished.

It seats around 50 students and is well-designed with three large multi-use boards for clear projections and written lecture delivery. 

Teaching resource room

TeachingResourceRoomThis is a more flexible space within the physics department. This space is used for various meetings: administrative, research and teaching. 

There is a collection of the more commonly used physics texts, internet access and space for collaborative study. The room is also used for student presentations and poster sessions during your later undergraduate years. 

Telescope dome

Sunset Physics Roof

Our telescope dome hosts a Meade LX200 – a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with a 12-inch primary mirror. Second year Astrophysics students have the opportunity to become familiar with the dome and the telescope thanks to four observation sessions during the Autumn term as part of the assessment for the PH2900 course.

Two third-year projects involve working with the telescope, even for students who are not taking an Astrophysics degree.

You can also organise observation sessions to purely enjoy the starry sky whenever possible, which means every student in the department can have a look through our telescope.

Undergraduate laboratory

Computer Teaching Lab

The undergraduate laboratory plays an important role in the students’ life in the Physics department.

First and second year students in particular spend a good portion of their time in the laboratory in order to improve their scientific skills and perform both classic and modern physics experiments.

Third and fourth year students use this area in order to complete more involved experimental projects.

The Laboratory also represents a working environment in the department as the students have the opportunity to use the personal computers available as a resource to do their coursework or even to undertake some research projects.


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