The University of Southampton

Professionalism in teaching

Physics and Astronomy is a research department with an international reputation. But research isn’t our only focus. We’re also passionate teachers, who take care and pride in our teaching. This is reflected in our excellent National Student Survey results, league table rankings and teaching awards.

To achieve and maintain our high standards we: 

  • Expect our staff to achieve membership of the Higher Education Academy and all new staff are required to take a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.
  • Every semester, the Director of Programmes holds a course feedback session in a core lecture for each year group of students, at which every student has the opportunity to speak directly about anything to do with their studies.
  • Voluntarily take part in peer observations, so they can learn from one another and build on feedback.

"The open-door policy in the Physics & Astronomy department makes approaching academic staff incredibly easy. Teaching standards are high."

Ben Stray, Master of Physics (MPhys), 2016

Professor Jonathan Flynn

An ongoing highlight for Jonathan is the moment in a discussion when a student says 'Ah, now I understand'.

Professor David Smith

David leads the third-year experimental laboratories. He won a Vice Chancellor's teaching award in 2016.

Dr Caitriona Jackman

Space Environment lecturer Caitriona is involved with a range of teaching activities at Southampton.