World-leading research in Physics at Leeds

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results have recognised the world-leading research in Physics carried out at Leeds.

99% of research activity submitted from the School of Physics and Astronomy was rated as either “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”.  

Physics research within the School spans almost the whole range of scales in the Universe, from quantum physics to galaxies. A key part of the physics research at Leeds is its impact on the modern world, for example: applying soft matter physics to discover new sustainable materials; using biophysics to study disease and develop new treatments; developing low-energy electronics; designing novel quantum devices for medical sensors; and fostering the development of science on the African continent. This has been universally recognised by the REF process with 100% of our impact case studies classified as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Our research is carried out with many industrial partners and has a strong component of public engagement through the many outreach activities that we undertake. We pride ourselves in reaching diverse and non-traditional communities. 

We are especially pleased that the REF exercise has recognised the strong and diverse research community that we have built up in the School over the last few years. The results underline our strategy of growing impactful interdisciplinary research and reflect our strong and inclusive research culture within the School.

Professor Mark Thompson, Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy

The REF 2021 results are testament to the bright future for Physics at Leeds as we settle into our new home in the Sir William Henry Bragg Building. This is a significant investment into physics research facilities, bringing together materials science across the University and strengthening our inclusive research environment. 

View the University of Leeds REF 2021 results for all units of assessment.