The University of Manchester
Biological sciences: multidisciplinary teaching and research
By combining 11 small traditional departments (from Anatomy to Zoology) into the University’s largest department, housed in a single building, the School of Biological Sciences created a virtuous circle: first-class scientists doing important work attracted funds for research, whilst good research attracted more good people. A clear vision of scientific and educational goals has been set, and not only has it achieved financial efficiencies, but innovative partnerships with industry and medical charities have led to a dramatic increase in research funding. The resulting outstanding work in the life sciences ensures that the UK stays at the forefront of world achievement in this field.