Our Research Highlights

Across experimental, applied, and theoretical physics 97% of our publications are world-leading and internationally excellent. Research impacts spanning cancer diagnostics, supercomputing, and public engagement have substantially grown to 50% world-leading. 100% of our Environment achieved world-leading and internationally excellent ratings.

Our Vision

Physics aims to create a global presence through research in experimental, applied and theoretical physics and encourage worldwide collaboration to produce internationally excellent research

Our Environment

We 26 Category A academic staff, with an increase of over 30 academic and research staff during the REF period.  There has been a 116% increase in PhDs awarded during the census period. Physics have been awarded £22.5m in grants during the REF period which is an increase of 70% from the previous REF, with overall a 81% increase in research income. The Department were part of the awarded £30m Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials (CISM) to Physics, Chemistry and Engineering, which will be integral to the Departments expansion.

Our Outputs

The Department’s research output surged to over 800 publications (18 Nature suite) with a field-weighted citation impact score of 1.8, which is 80% above the global average, 194 (24.2%) of which are in the top-10% of most-cited publications, and 437 (64.6%) in the top-10% of journals according to CiteScore.

Our Impact

Oriel Science is taking the research done by Swansea researchers, places it at the heart of the community through exhibits, school visits and a new city centre venue, reaching over 100,000 people since 2016. Our research is developing an effective non-invasive blood test for early detection of bowel cancer, the third most common cancer worldwide.  We have developed BSMBench, an open source benchmark code for supercomputers which helps companies evaluate their new hardware products.

Our Community

Meet the physics staff and post-graduate community