Researchers lead a paper in a high impact journal every 11 days

Over the past five years, we've published close to 700 papers attracting 14,000 citations.

The results of the latest survey of research quality in UK universities, the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), confirmed that more than 85% of our research outputs are world-leading or internationally excellent. In terms of world-leading research within physics, our astrophysics research was ranked third amongst North West universities and first amongst the UK Alliance Universities.

Our expertise

  • Galaxy formation and evolution: from population studies of dwarf galaxies up to the most massive clusters of galaxies, supermassive black holes, and detailed modelling of the internal structure of galaxies including our own Milky Way galaxy
  • Computational and theoretical galaxy formation: uses state-of-the-art N-body and cosmological hydrodynamical simulations carried out on our own high performance computing cluster as well as on national and international supercomputing facilities
  • Astronomical instrumentation: interests in optical and near-IR instrumentation, including its design and construction as well as software for both single instruments and homogeneous and heterogenous networks of instruments. The principal focus is new instrumentation projects for the Liverpool Telescope
  • Time domain astrophysics: works on a variety of explosive transients, including galactic and extragalactic novae, type la supernovae, core collapse supernovae and gamma rays bursts. Our research spans observations of the outbursts of these systems, the resulting remnants, their galactic environments, population statistics and their progenitors
  • Star formation and stellar populations: works on many aspects of star formation, stellar evolution and the exploitation of stellar populations for galactic and extragalactic studies. Our research spans the earliest stages of star-formation in proto-stellar clouds, the role of feedback from massive young stars on their surroundings, the formation and evolution of dense stellar clusters, detailed calculations of how stars evolve, and how ancient globular clusters relate to their host galaxies

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