Keele Astrophysics Group

Welcome to the Keele Astrophysics Group which is part of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

The Keele Astrophysics group currently consists of 11 academic staff members, with research interests including star formation and stellar clusters, late stellar evolution, massive stars and their impact on the early universe, the interstellar medium, binary stars, interacting binary stars, and the detection of extra-solar planets.

Astrophysics Work Experience

Between 3-7 July 2017, the Astrophysics Group at Keele University will be hosting a week-long "research experience", at the Lennard-Jones laboratories on Keele campus. The project is aimed at students with a keen interest in science, technology and computing that are in in years 10, 11 or 12 of their school/college studies and who are perhaps thinking of going on to do science at University.

The research experience will involve students working in small teams on research projects that utilise data from world-class observatories, such as the NASA Kepler satellite and Keele's SuperWASP telescopes. The teams will be responsible for researching the context of their work, analysing data, recording their results, drawing conclusions and then presenting their work to the rest of the group.

For more details see the linked leaflet or contact Professor Rob Jeffries email: r.d.jeffries "at"

Stardome project wins national widening participation and outreach award

THE Awards

The Astrophysics group's "Stardome", a portable planetarium for schools, developed by Prof Rob Jeffries using funding from the STFC and Keele's alumni fund, won the Times Higher Education Supplement Widening Participation and Outreach initiative of the year award.

The 6-m diameter inflatable planetarium is taken to around 35 local schools and 4000 school pupils per year by Prof Jeffries and a team of "Keele student ambassadors". The project is administered by Keele's widening participation team. Pupils learn about the cosmos, stellar evolution, the search for alien life and Keele's role in discovering exoplanetary systems around other stars.