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Department of Plant Sciences


Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.

Ours is an international community with students from diverse cultures. We are committed to equality of opportunity and adhere to the University's dignity@study policy. We support students with disabilities and liaise closely with the DRC.


Women are successful here. The first female plant scientist to become a Fellow of the Royal Society (Prof. Arber) took Part II Plant Sciences. Today, our female students have an outstanding track record in graduating with a Ist or II.i (the PhD entry requirement).

Too many women don't fulfil their potential in science, in part due to a belief that it requires a "brilliance" they think they don't have and that the work ethic they know they can apply isn't enough (Science, 347; 234).

Well, this is what Charles Darwin1 had to say:

At no time am I a quick thinker or writer; whatever I have done in science has solely been by long pondering, patience and industry


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1 OK, in his "Descent of Man" he was bang out of order about women and non‐Europeans; more pondering clearly needed there.


The University of Cambridge and Department of Plant Sciences are committed in their pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under‐represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity