Welcome to our blog and our opportunity to share with you our knowledge of life sciences and education.  Here you will find out about our events, our students and staff, as well as everything that excites us, and hopefully you, about the world.

In the School of Life Sciences and Education we work together with key external partners to deliver flexible and applied courses in psychology, sport & exercise, biological and biomedical sciences, and education.  Our students experience exciting, interactive and digitally supported learning environments.  We focus on applying research and learning to real work settings, and working with employers and industry partners to provide our students with employability skills and networks and to contribute to our communities.

Our staff are conducting international research and our staff and students are making a real difference in our regional communities. This blog is all about sharing the news and stories of our students, staff and partners, the connections we are making and the impact of our School.  This blog is about connecting to you, so please take the opportunity to interact with us through:





STEM for Britain

On Monday the 12th of March I was lucky enough to go to the STEM for Britain awards in the Houses of Parliament, London. This was an event with the intention of facilitating young researchers to share their findings with members of parliament and leaders of scientific organisations and other research institutions with the hope of influencing policy makers by providing information with real scientific evidence to back it up. Continue reading

Got Connections?

March was a busy month for the Biological Sciences team. It started with Ian Davies and Dr Angela Priestman attending the Chief Scientific Officer’s annual conference at the Royal Society in London which brings together scientists and industry experts from all disciplines to discuss the application of science in healthcare. For us, the highlight of this event was being presented with the Chief Scientific Officer’s award for “Excellence in Education Delivery” by HRH The Princess Royal and Professor Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England. Obviously we are tremendously proud to have received this national accolade, but more so because it reflects our close connections with employers and the importance we place on working with professions to develop learning and teaching that meets their future needs. Continue reading

The Education Show

With memories of my primary school teacher days I boarded our coach with a group of students for a day trip to the Education Show at the NEC in Birmingham. Thankfully, unlike my primary school days there was no need to sing songs, administer to the travel sick, or try and stop them from eating their packed lunches before we got there.  The show is a good outing for us. It enables us to visit trade stands and see up to date resources useful in teaching including my favourite  – rows of sparkly pens and colourful paper. Who can resist? Certainly not me.

Some of the stands offer ‘freebies’  and students came back laden although I merely managed a glue stick and a highlighter, in their eyes I had probably failed.  It also enables discussion with people providing things like outdoor activities for school groups. There are other stands which give you the chance to get ‘hands on’ so, for example, students tried making ‘slime’ a wonderfully tactile material which has qualities of both liquid and solid. Personally I couldn’t resist the opportunity to have a go at the climbing wall that Girl Guiding had on offer.  I wasn’t exactly dressed for it but why should that stop me? Continue reading

Placement Power

In this post our Level 6 student, Sophie Barlow, discusses the power of the placement.

When I was at school my interest to study Biomedical Science was confirmed by a week’s placement work experience at a NHS hospital. At the time I was unclear about what I wanted to study, but knew that I wanted to work in a laboratory. I was given some advice from a Biomedical Scientist who told me a degree that was accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) was what I need to achieve in order to work in a NHS Laboratory. This led me to a small number of universities that actually offer IBMS accredited Biomedical Science degrees and eventually I chose a Biomedical Science award at Staffordshire University. Continue reading

Advice to Level 4’s

This post comes to you from one of our Level 5 students, Katie Ryder, who wanted to share her advice with our current Level 4’s.

As a level 5 (second year) Biological sciences student, I wanted to share some advice with level 4 students about handling exams, revision and stress because last year some words of encouragement from someone whom has experienced first year would have helped me.

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The Big Biology Day – Why do we do it?

This year will see our Big Biology Day run for the third time.  The last two years have been a huge success and it has been wonderful to see the public reaction to our very own mini science festival.  The day has also been a fabulous way for different departments to work together to promote their own areas of biology to the public.  What I have found most fantastic though is the huge amount of enthusiasm that our students have for events like these. 

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