Welcome to Biology at Keele

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the School of Life Sciences. Now that you are a member of Keele University you are entering on one of the most exciting times of your life and I hope that you will take full advantage of all the opportunities you will be offered over the next three or four years. Certainly, you will learn a whole range of academic and practical skills that will be of value not only in your studies and future career, but in your whole life.

Many students find that the Biology field course part is one of the most enjoyable and memorable parts of the Biology programme. The field course is the practical part of the Level 5 module ‘Life at the Extremes’ and it is your chance to visit some local extreme environments in Anglesey, off the coast of North Wales. It is provisionally scheduled to take place from TBA. Please keep these dates free of other commitments as this field course is a compulsory part of the Biology programme. More information will be provided about this field course during your first year.

My colleagues and I look forward to meeting you at the start of the new academic year and we hope that you will enjoy your time at Keele.

Best wishes

David Hulse
Biology Programme Director

It is not necessary to carry out any specific preparation for your degree studies in Biology during the summer vacation as all aspects of the subject will be covered from basics. If, however, you are keen to get started or have not studied A-level Biology, then we recommend you prepare by reading chapters from the following textbook or from earlier editions. The most relevant sections are those on the cell, plant form and function and animal form and function.

Biology: A Global Approach 11 th Edition, (2017) Campbell, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky and Reece.

It is not essential that you buy this text as multiple copies of this and earlier editions of the book are available in the library.

Other essential equipment to bring or purchase when you are here:

  • An electronic calculator (with basic scientific functions, such as log, ln and ex).
  • Equipment for taking notes in lectures, including pens and a pad of paper.
  • Basic drawing equipment, including pencils and a rubber.

Monday 30/09/2019 from 12.00-13.00 Welcome to the School in HUX015

Monday 30/09/2019 from 13.00-14.00 Programme Welcome in WM1.02

Thursday 03/10/2019 from 14.00-17.00 Lab Introduction in HUX126

For many Biology students, the field course is the highlight of their biological education. In fact, fieldwork is an essential part of a biologist’s training and is intended to supplement formal class teaching and develop the skills of observing, recording and investigating.

Fieldwork Costs. All direct costs for the field course are covered by the School, including accommodation fees. However, you will be required to cover your living costs (food etc) and your travel costs to get to Bangor, Wales.

Fieldwork Equipment. The following equipment is essential for biological fieldwork and it is recommended that you try to purchase these items before the field course in June 2019.

  • Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
  • Walking boots.
  • Wellington boots.
  • A clipboard (A4-size with a plastic map case for protection against the weather).
  • Pens and pencils for writing and drawing.
  • A digital camera (the one on your phone is fine) is useful for recording habitats and species of interest.

Student support

Feel free to contact the Biology Programme Director, David Hulse, if you have any specific questions.