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About Us

Warwick Life Sciences is an international centre of excellence with more than 80% of our research rated as 'world leading or internationally excellent' in the REF 2014 assessment. We are ranked 4th in the UK for Bioscience (Guardian University League Tables 2019).

Our focus is in excellent teaching and research with impact.

In 2015 we were the BBSRC 5th highest funded institute and we have 27 PhD studentships per year from 2015-2019 through our BBSRC doctoral training partnership award.

Research awards in 2014/15 totalled £23million. These include:

  • BBSRC/EPSRC funding to establish the Warwick Interdisciplinary Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB)
  • Funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to research neglected tropical diseases (the largest ever award for modelling of infectious disease)
  • over £5million to support research into antimicrobial resistance
  • in excess of £4million for plant and crop science

Our research falls into four themes: Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Environmental Bioscience, and Plant and Crop Science. This research impacts across a broad range of areas, particularly in crop improvement and protection, biosensing and early medical diagnoses, ageing, animal health, earth biosystems, pollution and environmental genomics.

Our facilities support multidisciplinary research programmes across Warwick and with other universities, research institutes and industry both nationally and internationally.

Our People

Academic staff: 60 teaching and research staff, 6 dedicated teaching fellows

Research staff and students (PhD students, Postdocs and Senior Research staff): 240

Support staff: 72

Joseph Christie-Oleza (NERC), Elizabeth Fullam (Wellcome Trust/ Royal Society Sir Henry Dale), James Nokes (Wellcome Trust), Vardis Ntoukakis (Royal Society), Antonia Sagona (BBSRC Future Leader Fellowship), Corinne Smith (Royal Society/ Leverhulme Trust), Andrew Taylor (Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board)

Supported by Endowments: Nick Dale (Royal Society, Pridgeon Chair in Neuroscience), Murray Grant (Elizabeth Creak Chair in Food Security)

Undergraduate students 2018 intake: 282

Taught Master's students 2018 intake: 117

Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence: Phil Young (2018), Keith Leppard (2017), Robert Spooner (2017), Lorenzo Frigerio (2016), Leanne Williams (2014).

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