Our aim is excellence in teaching and research to sustain a healthy supply of food. We study fundamental and applied animal and plant science, agricultural production; economic and environmental sustainability; food manufacturing, processing and consumption; the interaction between food, animal and human health; food safety, and the biotechnological processing of farm products.
The School of Biosciences is proud to be an Athena Swan Bronze Award holder.
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Research Excellence Framework
The outcomes of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework have been announced. Across the Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science, 97% of work was judged to be of international quality and 37% of work was assessed as world-leading (4-star). We are proud to have the top ranked research environment within Unit of Assessment 6 (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science).
- In her youth, Tunisian Manel Othmeni developed an interest in interacting with plants, a fascination that later grew into a passion for wheat research. Now, with the help of the Borlaug Training Foundation and Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program, Othmeni is a doctoral student studying abroad with Ian and Julie King, two top global wheat scientists, at Britain's University of Nottingham.
- Won by third year Nutrition & Dietetics student, Lisa Gertson, for her work in setting up a new kind of farmers' market, the Mapperley Food Assembly.
- 300 applicants applied for a place on the prestigious Farm Apprentice boot camp. Three out of the 10 finalists are studying an Agriculture course at Nottingham's Sutton Bonington Campus.
- The use of animals in scientific research presents a fundamental ethical dilemma and is the subject of much debate. The public legitimacy of animal research relies on effective governance structures. One key structure in the UK is the 'Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body' (AWERB) which each institution is required to have by law. This body has multiple functions, including reviewing animal research at the facility, promoting a local culture of care and acting as a 'forum for discussion and development of ethical advice'.
- A one day festival to share ideas for teaching including plenaries, workshops and interactive 'show and tell' posters. We will also be welcoming colleagues from the University of Birmingham.