The Faculty of Life Sciences covers the breadth of the biological-chemical sciences and their application to the real world: from embryology and child development, through human behaviour (economics and psychology), to ageing. Human well-being is supported directly by agriculture, horticulture, food and nutrition together with biomedicine and pharmacy.
Agriculture, Policy and Development
The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development is a world-leader in teaching and research in the natural and social sciences relating to agriculture, the food chain, rural environments and the countryside and international development. Its research is applied to food and health, sustainability (environmental, social and economic) and adapting to environmental change.
In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008), 90% of submissions were judged world-leading or internationally recognised. Reading is the UK's top university for impact in agricultural sciences research (ISI Web of Knowledge, Essential Science Indicators).
The School of Biological Science comprises two departments - Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Biology. Research interests in Biomedical Sciences are diverse and encompass the whole range of the biomedical sciences and include the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, a multidisciplinary centre researching cardiovascular diseases. Environmental Biology deals primarily in ecology and evolutionary biology, and the applied links between these disciplines, wildlife conservation and the biological control of agricultural pests and diseases.
In the 2008 RAE, 80% of submissions were judged world-leading or internationally recognised.
Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy
The School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy brings together three thriving departments that are respected for the breadth and significance of their research expertise. Research activities are very broad - from pure and applied life science through material science to physics. Areas of interest include pharmacology, drug design, development and delivery, functional foods, nutrition, flavour chemistry, polymer and nanoscience, atmospheric chemistry and the physics of surfaces.
Each of the departments performed strongly in the 2008 RAE: 85% of Chemistry submissions were judged at least internationally recognised, 90% for Food and 80% for Pharmacy.
Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences
The School has an international reputation for research in a number of areas, including child development and psychopathology, with a flourishing neuroscience centre and a long-standing tradition of influencing clinical training and practice on the basis of empirical research. Its primary research groupings are nutrition and health, perception and action, language and cognition, and psychopathology and affective neuroscience.
In the 2008 RAE, 95% of Psychology submissions were judged to be at least internationally recognised and 85% of submissions for Clinical Language Sciences.