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Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences

We host a series of year-round events, talks and activities for students considering studying Biological Sciences at university.

Undergraduates from our Biological Sciences department have been helping local schools to make the most of their green spaces by monitoring and fostering local wildlife.

The Schools’ Biodiversity Project helps schools to learn about the surrounding wildlife, from beetles to birds, as well as create places for them to live. This includes introducing light boxes to monitor moths, pond dipping and setting camera traps. When needed, students are paired with trained undergraduates to help run curriculum-based projects.

Find out more about our Schools’ Biodiversity Project

We’re a leading institution in the development of novel therapies for rare diseases. Our Rare Disease Day - running alongside the international event - is an opportunity for sixth form students to attend lectures and get hands-on experience in our lab practicals.

Click here to watch last year's Rare Disease Day talks.

Click here to find out more about Rare Disease Day.

Our academics have created short films based on their research, to give A level teachers valuable classroom resources, including learning outcomes and discussion points to raise and engage with their students.

We organise frequent visits to local schools and museums to talk about our work. We also welcome visiting groups to our department.

Suggested talks:

Understanding the brain and its role in memory formation

Dr Philip Chen

A Zoologist in Tasmania

Professor Dave Morritt

TB or not TB: Diagnosing a deadly disease

Dr Shobana Dissanayeke

Chloroplasts, the (green) stuff of life

Dr Enrique Lopez

The origin of our crops: 10,000 years of genetic engineering

Dr Enrique Lopez

Where’s the buzz? Bumblebee decline and conservation

Professor Mark Brown

Urban bees: life in the city for the UK’s threatened pollinators

Dr Elli Leadbeater

Antibiotic resistance, past, present and future

Dr James McEvoy

Suggested topics:

Chinese mitten crabs/ invasive species                                                                 

Professor Dave Morritt

General marine biology/ life on the shore

Professor Dave Morritt

Plastic pollution (either generally or in the River Thames)

Professor Dave Morritt

Beetle species– linked with conservation and biochemistry

Dr Deborah Harvey

Boosting biodiversity in your own school grounds

Dr Deborah Harvey


To find out more email our outreach officer, Prof Lazlo Bogre

We have prepared a range of videos and resources for students that are applicable to several year groups.

Dr James McEvoy’s presentation looks at infectious disease through the lens of surgical infections. It describes the history of the problem, our modern success in reducing it, and the problems posed by antibiotic resistance. It ends with some questions for you to go away and think about.

For further reading, the video links well with our paper Titanium Kirschner Wires Resist Biofilms Better Than Stainless Steel and Hydroxyapatite-coated Wires: An In Vitro Study which was recently published in collaboration

 

Dr Walter Lucchesi welcomes you all while he explains the content of his course on Immunology and Infection. This second-year course is student centred and is based on active learning; with every lecture followed by the analysis of clinical case studies and relative assessment.

You will learn to integrate complex material and to focus on processes rather than facts.

A great guide on how to brush up on your field techniques in your garden or outside space. You don’t need any state-of-the-art equipment – just enthusiasm!

To coincide with British Science Week (6-15 March 2020), Royal Holloway has launched a free, four-week online course; Understanding Biological Energy - on the leading social learning platform, FutureLearn.com.

A new research paper by Professor Gerhard Leubner and Dr Jake Chandler from the Department of Biological Sciences shows that seeds can grow in space. Check out this interview about Rocket Science featuring Tim Peake and Dr Jake Chandler to find out more.

Finally, even if at home, students can take part in this years BioBlitz! Spend an hour or two searching for plants and animals in your garden or safe space and record your findings on the free app – it’s great fun!

 

Dr Liz Whittaker, an expert in paediatric infectious diseases and immunology at Imperial College, delivered our annual Jack Pridham Lecture in October 2020 on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on child health.

Watch this fascinating and informative talk on our YouTube channel

 

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