Our position amongst the UK elite for bioscience research was confirmed in the last government Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 when we were ranked 4th for biological sciences in the UK by the leading scientific journal Nature based on the number of staff producing research that was "world leading" or "internationally excellent". Read more about our interdisciplinary approaches to research and innovation.
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Welcome to the Faculty of Biological Sciences. We hope you enjoy browsing through these pages, and learning something of our aims and achievements.
Prof. Mike McPherson
- £53m research portfolio
- 110 academic staff
- 150 postdoctoral researchers
- 2,400 students from over 45 countries
- 200+ research students
- 140 masters students
- 2,000+ undergraduates
To achieve excellence in education and research, and to secure a position in the top 10 life sciences faculties in the UK for both research and student experience.
To pursue our vision, we have identified the following priorities:
- Fostering future research activity aligned with the 'grand challenge' areas of translational biomedicine and sustainability in order to achieve international excellence in research
- Embedding a world-class student education experience which emphasises research-led teaching and employability.
We take pride in our teaching and we are committed to providing students with the very best student experience through research-led teaching and excellent academic support. We consistently perform well in the National Student Survey and our commitment to student education has been recognised through external awards to students through schemes such as Science Engineering and Technology (SET) awards and to staff in National Lecturer awards.
Significant investments in our infrastructure contribute to our dynamic and vibrant research environment offering excellent opportunities for leading edge research focused around key areas. These include agriculture, animal and plant sciences, ecology and evolution, membrane biology, cardiovascular research, sports and exercise science, structural molecular biology, immunology, virology, microbiology, neurosciences and tissue engineering.
RAE 2008 feedback noted that "virtually all outputs were assessed as being recognized internationally, with many (60%) being internationally excellent or world-leading" in quality.
Our research grant portfolio is derived from a range of sources including charities, research councils, the European Union and industry.
We bring together people from government, business, healthcare and academic to deliver benefits to wider society; this has helped to generate over 20 successful spin-off commercial companies.