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School of Life Sciences

Open DaysUniversity Open Days:
Friday 24 June 2016
Saturday 25 June 2016

Our staff and student ambassadors are looking forward to welcoming prospective students to the School of Life Sciences.

We welcome Professor Murray Grant

Welcome to Professor Murray Grant, who recently took up the position of Elizabeth Creak Chair in Food Security in the School of Life Sciences.

The post has been funded by The Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust, which was established in memory of Elizabeth Creak, the first female High Sheriff of Warwickshire, who ran one of the county’s largest and most successful dairy farms for a number of years.

Professor Grant’s research interests are in the molecular basis of plant microbe interactions and he will contribute to developing our profile in fundamental and strategic plant and crop science. As Elizabeth Creak chair he will contribute to sustainability of the agriculture industry in the UK through research, education and public engagement.

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Kenilworth ShowThe School of Life Sciences Outreach Team and Warwick Crop Centre were at the Kenilworth Show on Saturday 4 June 2016

We demonstrated how the biological diversity of soil can be seen – we looked at soil from the bucket to the microscope. From the way plants grow to the organisms they interact with.

Using rhizotrons, we investigated the way crops grow in the soil. We had posters, videos and demonstrations. Through microscopes we visualized different microorganisms, from single celled protozoans to bacteria and fungi – the good and the bad.

More SLS Outreach activities

bronze.pngThe School of Life Sciences has been recognised for its commitment to Athena SWAN in the achievement of a Bronze Award in 2013. This was renewed in April 2015 for a further three years.

"Athena SWAN is a central component of our culture and working practice and we continue to champion the development of a science department that provides collegiality and transparency to ensure equal opportunities for all"
Head of School, Professor Laura Green.

SLS Athena Swan website


Research on pests and diseases that affect important food crops is influencing pest management practices used by farmers and helping the agritech industry to develop new disease-resistant varieties.

NematodeBiopesticide use in agriculture and horticulture

More than 80% of research in the School was rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in REF2014