UK top five for biological research

Research Excellence Framework 2014

We're deepening human understanding of organisms, ecosystems and the interdependencies of life to build a sustainable future.

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Learn how whole organisms work and how they interact with their environments – from evolution, genetics and reproduction to ecology, sustainability and climate change.

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Bird lovers help scientists discover secrets of beak evolution

Citizen scientists and bird lovers across the world have helped researchers to uncover new secrets about the evolution of birds' beaks over time in a ground-breaking study.

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Bringing the secrets of the ocean to life

Dr Penny Watt hosted this year's Christmastime lecture, Ocean Quest, which took 1,000 schoolchildren on a fascinating journey to meet the weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit the ocean.

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Learn from leading scientists and discover how life works. Our overseas field courses will give you the ultimate study experience in biology, ecology, plant sciences and zoology.

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World-class research

We're one of the UK's leading centres for research in the life sciences. Our work spans the Arctic and the tropics, single cells and entire ecosystems.

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Partnerships with industry and other organisations help us use our research to tackle global problems. For example, we're collaborating with international partners to safeguard the world's most endangered birds.

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Bird conservation