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Department of Plant Sciences

Plant Sciences students take part in the field trip to Portugal

The Department of Plant Sciences carries out high-quality discovery science which contributes to tackling fundamental challenges in global food security, growing a sustainable bioeconomy, and protecting the environment.

We are actively seeking support for the Department’s activities. By making a gift, you will be supporting fundamental scientific research of the highest quality and an innovative programme of world-class teaching. No matter what the size of the gift, it will be greatly appreciated.

To support our work, you can donate online now. Alternatively, please contact Holly Singlehurst ( who will be pleased to talk to you confidentially about how you might contribute.

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Explore these specific opportunities for supporting the Plant Scientists of tomorrow:

Plant and Microbial Sciences field course fund

This one-week field course in Portugal is an outstanding opportunity for undergraduate students to learn about plant diversity and adaptations to drought and high light in the field. As part of a desire to widen participation, we want to raise funds to ensure all students who wish to attend the course can take full advantage of this opportunity, irrespective of their personal or financial background. 

Tropical field course for Ecology fund

Our two-week tropical field course aims to instil in undergraduate students a proper understanding of and enthusiasm for the biodiversity and conservation of the planet – crucial for ecologists of the future. We would like to offer as many students as possible the opportunity to attend the course, and increase the diversity of those who can benefit. 

Tom ap Rees fund

The Tom ap Rees fund supports fourth-year PhD students in need of financial assistance to complete their studies. It was set up in 1996 in honour of Professor of Botany, Tom ap Rees, who was tragically killed on his bike on his way home from work. Our aim is to increase the fund to ensure we can support all postgraduate students in need, particularly those from underrepresented groups.