Prof Scott Kay

Professor of Astrophysics

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I am originally from Dunfermline, Fife. I graduated with a first-class honours BSc in Astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh in 1996. I then studied for a PhD in cosmology at Durham University, supervised by Prof Carlos Frenk, graduating in 2000. After my PhD, I was a PPARC-funded research fellow at the University of Sussex where I worked for nearly 5 years. I then moved on to the University of Oxford in 2004, where I was a Departmental Lecturer in Physics until 2006. I was also a Stipendiary Lecturer at New College from 2005-2006.

In 2007, I joined the University of Manchester as a Lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011. During this time I spent 5 years as Programme Director for the Physics with Astrophysics degree. I was promoted to Reader in 2017 and Professor in 2020. I currently teach the third year Cosmology course. I am also the Employability Lead for Physics and Astronomy, and look after our undergraduate work placement degree programme, Physics with Professional Placement.   


Qualifications and Professional Membership

  • BSc (Hons 1st class) Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh, 1996
  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • PhD (Physics), Durham University, 2000

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