Our reputation

Undergraduate students

13th in the world for Geology and Geophysics- QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

The School of Earth and Environment has expertise in areas ranging from geology and geophysics, environmental science, meteorology and climate science, to environmental social science together under one roof. 

The School is led by Head of School Professor Simon Bottrell, supported by Professor Jouni Paavola Director of Research and Innovation and Dr Phil Murphy Director of Student Education.

Our achievements

  • 89% overall student satisfaction for the School of Earth and Environment in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2020. (89% for earth sciences, 85% for physical geographical sciences and 89% for human geography)

Atmospheric Science

Earth Sciences

Environmental Sciences


University awards

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The School of Earth and Environment has an excellent reputation for world-class research and innovative teaching. The latest Research Excellence Framework (2014) ranks us 1st in the UK for the quantity of world leading research.

Unit of assessment: Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences

  • 3.26 overall quality profile
  • 2nd in the UK for research power
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • Over 95% of our research has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 90% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • Over 85% of our research outputs are ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’