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The Department of Plant Sciences is currently funded by over 50 research grants with a value of around £15m from a diverse range of sponsors, including Research Councils, principally BBSRC, NERC, EPSRC and the Royal Society; charitable bodies such as The Leverhulme Trust, The Gatsby Foundation, The Gates Foundation, and the The Isaac Newton Trust; government funding eg DEFRA; European Union funding including Initial Training Networks and Advanced Investigator Grants; the Human Frontier Science Programme; industrial sponsors eg Shell, Microsoft Research Ltd. There are around 30 Postdoctoral Research Associates in the Department, 2 Junior Research Fellows, 4 Senior Research Fellows and 36 Assistant Staff. Research excellence was recognised in the recent (2009) RAE submission from the School of Biological Sciences by the volume of staff identified as researchers of world-leading or international status. A recent Learning and Teaching Review (Spring 2009) acknowledged the excellence, enthusiasm and commitment of staff, and commended the learning support given to students and the introduction of new teaching initiatives.

The Department has carried out a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and has opened to allow research work to take place. To ensure the safety of our staff, a range of measures to reduce building occupancy and allow strict social distancing have been introduced, including increased cleaning and hygiene regimes. We are currently not accepting visitors so please continue to contact us by email until further notice.