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    basically what the title says what is the reputation/prestige of the physics department at the university of Liverpool?
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    This is an old discussion but if you're still interested I can give a small input based on being a physics MPhys student at Liverpool.

    Being a student there, as you walk around the department you become aware of their success from posters/screens around the buildings usually telling you about some funding they've just been given or some award presented to the staff for various things. It's without a doubt one of the most prestigious physics department in the country and also interestingly one of the largest - particularly in the condensed matter/particle/nuclear physics side of things.

    If you're thinking of applying there then this size is good as it means that there's a high ratio of well experienced staff members to students. This might sound like just a statistic right now, but during the four years you feel how useful this actually is when you need help with a few questions. The fact that the staff are the friendliest people who you will ever meet and always have time for their students adds flavour to the fact that although the department is highly recognised in the world of research they also care about the students, to guide them in the right direction.

    If you're just querying about the reputation in general, I know for a fact that in the particle physics world Liverpool is a very big. The research done by the particle physicists at Liverpool has contributed a lot to some of the greatest discoveries, the Higgs Boson for example (we made the silicon detectors at the LHC).

    It's hard from the top of my head to discuss other specific achievements from the department without going into too much detail, but if you're really interested it wouldn't be a bad idea to visit an open day. I usually give the student representative presentation but before my talk a head of department talks about physics at the university in general and also spends time discussing in detail the reputation and how this affects the students who work there. I feel that would be the best answer to your question.

    Adam
 
 
 
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