Welcome from the Head of School

Mark Fellowes with False Gharial

Biology is the subject of the twenty-first century. At Reading we are at the forefront of this burgeoning subject; our overall objective is to further understanding of life and to communicate this biological knowledge so as to inspire and inform successive generations of graduates. Our 44 full-time academic staff are experts in a wide range of biological science subjects: biomedical researchers advance knowledge which underpins health and welfare development; evolutionary ecologists enable better understanding of the natural world and how it can be conserved; researchers in applied biology develop new technologies that underpin biologically-driven business.

Our students leave University with degrees ranging from Biochemistry to Zoology and take up key roles in society, in careers ranging from ecological consultancy to drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry. We have world-renowned strength in understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes, transmission and biology of flu virus, cardiovascular and metabolic research, statistical training and research, wildlife-management and conservation and floral biodiversity.

Our work is carried out on the beautiful Whiteknights Campus set in 130 hectares of parkland with high biodiversity and includes the Harris Garden, a mature botanical garden. In 2011, the Whiteknights campus received its first Green Flag Award, and was voted number four out of more than 1,000 public spaces eligible to be included in the scheme's People's Choice Award 2011. The University of Reading is a leading institution for the Biological Sciences, providing excellent degree programmes and facilities, and it's an exciting, friendly place to study.

Professor Mark Fellowes

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