Biological and Biomedical Sciences fosters an active, lively and welcoming environment for postgraduates, in a department whose activities are research-led. In its last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2001), the University Funding Council awarded the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences grade 5 for the quality of our research. Since then, further appointments have been made to strengthen the School’s research base, and to increase its international standing as a research-led department.
Although the primary aim of our postgraduate programmes is to produce international-quality research, they include a specific training element, mainly during the first year of study. Postgraduates can also interact with teaching in undergraduate degree programmes. The School runs regular seminar programmes throughout the year at both campuses, which attract speakers at the leading edge of scientific progress from both UK and International institutions. Our research reputation attracts senior personnel from both academia and industry to visit our Department from all over the world.
The School employs 38 members of academic staff, and around 40 members of research staff (including research fellows and postdoctoral workers), together with technical and secretarial support staff. 94% of our academic staff are research active. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 85% of them were independently assessed as undertaking research work of international significance (grades 5 and 5-star).
The School has a strong international postgraduate body, with around 60 students currently registered and actively carrying out research programmes. Postgraduates work alongside both post-doctoral research fellows and academics, and make a significant contribution to our research; they are encouraged to integrate into exisitng research laboratories and are treated as part of the research community.