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World-class science across the whole spectrum of modern biology, from ecology to biomedicine

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The Department rates first in the UK for Research Impact (REF2014)

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One of the top in the UK for student satisfaction and 4th overall in the Complete University Guide 2014

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Ranked Top 2 in the UK for excellence in teaching (Guardian University Guide 2014)

Welcome from the Head of Department

‌‌Biology at York welcomes staff and students from around the world. We celebrate excellence, breadth and diversity across the spectrum of modern biology, from ecology to biomedicine. We are proud of our status as one of the UK’s leading university biological sciences departments as measured by our high rankings for both research and teaching.

Professor Ian A Graham

League Table Success

Biological Sciences at York has once again demonstrated its excellence in University League Tables for 2015.  York has been consistently ranked among the top five places to study Biological Sciences in the UK in all major league tables.

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Athena Swan gold 225‌‎Biology at York holds an Athena SWAN gold award and is the first Biology Department in Britain to have achieved this highest level.

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Recent progress in frontotemporal lobar degeneration

1.00PM, The Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Professor Stuart Pickering-Brown, University of Manchester


When the beginning marks the end: emerging roles for the N-end rule pathway of protein degradation in plants

1.00PM, Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Dr Daniel Gibbs (University of Birmingham)


Problems with Protected Sites and Priority Species

1.00PM, The Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Professor Humphrey Crick, Natural England

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Reservoirs of bovine TB in wildlife and livestock: an environmental perspective

Professor Wellington, Life Sciences, University of Warwick