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Be a biology student for the day: animal behaviour, ecology and evolution

Date: No sessions are currently available - please check back in early 2020 for upcoming events.

Meeting location: Alfred Denny Conference Room, Alfred Denny Building, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN

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Who: This workshop is suitable for Y12 and Y13 students with an interest in studying Biology, Ecology, Plant Sciences or Zoology at University. You should be studying biology and another science subject* with predicted grades B or above.

Places available: 30

Cost: Free but you will need to bring your own lunch.

Accessibility: If you have additional support requirements please contact us before booking.

About the day 

APS taster day 400If you’re an A Level biologist considering a degree in biology, ecology, plant sciences or zoology, and you’d like to know what it would be like to study at the University of Sheffield, join us for an eye-opening experience day that will introduce you to the unique research-embedded model of teaching that we use in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences.

In the morning you'll work in one of our undergraduate biology labs with our staff and some of our current students. You'll investigate how biologists answer scientific questions, using examples of animal behaviour, evolution and ecology.

After lunch you’ll find out more about being a biology student at the University of Sheffield, with a tour of the facilities, a visit to our teaching museum and a sample lecture delivered by one of our world-class academic researchers. This will be followed by a Q&A session with some of our current undergraduate students, a member of our admissions team, and a careers expert, who will all be on hand to answer any queries you might have about studying whole organism biology (or the wider biologies) at Sheffield.


Time Activity
9.45am-10.15am Arrivals and registration
10.15am-10.30am Welcome and introduction to the University
10.30am-1.00pm Practical: Asking questions in biology
1.00pm-1.45pm Lunch (with optional campus tour)
1.45pm-2.30pm Tour of the department facilities, including the Alfred Denny Museum
2.30pm-3.15pm Lecture
3.15pm-3.45pm 'Being a biology student' – Q+A
3.45pm-4.00pm Wrap-up, evaluations and depart


Thank you for your interest in joining our Biology Taster Day. There are no spaces currently available on our events - please check back in early 2020 for the latest dates of upcoming tasters days.

Travel information

Event registration is from 9.45am in the Alfred Denny Conference Room, Alfred Denny Building, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN. Please see map below.

The day starts with a welcome talk at 10.15am and finishes at approximately 4.00pm.

The easiest way to travel to campus from Sheffield train station is by tram. Trams regularly run between Sheffield train station and the University of Sheffield tram stop, from which it is a 5 minute walk to the Animal and Plant Sciences department . For those arriving by car, Durham Road Q Park is the nearest car park to campus and spaces can be booked in advance (advised).

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For informal enquiries please email schoolsliaison@sheffield.ac.uk.

*Science subjects include Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Computer Science, Statistics, Geography, Geology, Psychology, Economics or Environmental Science/Studies.