Life Sciences News
New four year undergraduate Masters in Biosciences (MBio) courses approved
Eight new integrated masters courses have been launched in the School of Life Sciences. The courses build on our current 3-year undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry and Medical Microbiology and Virology in order to provide our highest achieving students the opportunity to complete an integrated masters in biology through a 4th year of study. The fourth year is primarily focused on the development of professional research skills. Current undergraduates are being offered the opportunity to transfer onto the new degrees from the next academic year and the courses will be advertised for direct entry through UCAS from 2015.
These courses are designed to provide our students with the research skills needed to succeed in academic and industrial research. Students will either undertake the fourth year of their degree in industry or within the School of Life Sciences. Students undertaking the MBio in the School will complete an extended 27-week laboratory project supervised by a research academic. This work will be supplemented by a Research Skills module, covering the laboratory and data handling skills that are required for success as a modern scientist. Students will also take part in seminars and journal clubs relating to their degree stream, and will choose a masters level module relating to their discipline, from our existing MSc courses.
For more information see www.warwick.ac.uk/uglifesci
British Biology Olympiad at Warwick
The School of Life Sciences is currently hosting the final rounds of the British Biology Olympiad (BBO). Run by the Society of Biology, the BBO challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. Students are able to demonstrate their knowledge in practical and theory tests and be rewarded by prizes.
From April 13th to April 16th 2014 practical assessments and an additional written paper are being taken in the Life Sciences Teaching labs, utilising our excellent facilities and teaching staff.
Medals and prizes will be presented at the Royal Society in June and top students will be selected to represent the UK in the International Biology Olympiad in Bali in July.
A new generation of high yield plants could be created following a fundamental change in our understanding of how plants develop.
The research, led by Jose Gutierrez-Marcos in the School of Life Sciences and published in the journal Science, provides the first evidence that plants have evolved ways to control embryo growth and development by emitting information from surrounding cells.
19th Crucifer Genetics Workshop and Brassica 2014, Wuhan, China
Representatives (staff and PhD students) from the School of Life Sciences, including Warwick Crop Centre, attended and presented at the recent 19th Crucifer Genetics Workshop and Brassica 2014 in Whan, China. The meeting provided a platform to exchange research and production information, and to explore the opportunities for cooperations in studies on Brassicaceae genetics and genomics, and their applications in genetic improvement of crop species.
Warwick Crop Centre is offering 3 PhD scholarships to work with Dr John Clarkson;
The deadline for applications is Friday 4 April 2014.
Life Sciences student helps Warwick team win npower's Energy Challenge
Bethanie Francis, an undergraduate student in Life Sciences, was part of the winning team in RWE npower's Energy Challenge.
The Energy Challenge, which has been running since 2006, is a nationwide competition which tasks students to offer a solution to an energy-sector challenge. This year, the challenge asked: “How do we put the energy back into energy companies?”
Warwick team ‘myPower’ made up of Master Physics student James Waterman, Master Systems Engineering Student Jamie Day, Life Sciences undergraduate Bethanie Francis and Master Physics student James Iley-Hazelgrove won the Energy Challenge which sees the team win £500 each and all have received offers of summer internships with npower.
The competition is designed to develop students’ commercial awareness and presentation skills, which many employers seek. The final was marked on the idea’s originality, affordability and value for money. Consideration was also given for its public engagement and positive perception potential.