School of Life Sciences

Women in Life Sciences

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Over the centuries women have made significant contributions to the various fields that make up life sciences.

Women in our School of Life Sciences continue to make important contributions to their specialist fields, from biomedical science and genetics, to plant science and marine biology.

We hold leadership roles in our School and across the wider university, take part in outreach activities to encourage more young people to study life sciences, and hold external roles with journals and professional societies.

Find out more about some of the women in our department below, and click to see their profiles and find out more about their research.

Women in the School of Life Sciences

Support for staff

Whatever your background, your passion for life sciences is what matters. Our university offers policies and support for staff across academia and professional services, giving you the support you need to thrive in our department.

Our university has an on-campus nursery, Wivenhoe Park Day Nursery, and Essex Sport run the CHUMS holiday camps during the main school holidays for children and teenagers aged 5 to 14.

Support for students

At Essex we know that studying a degree appeals to people from all walks of life. Many of our degrees, from undergraduate to postgraduate research, can be undertaken on a part-time basis. This gives you an opportunity to study around commitments such as family or care responsibilities, which can often deter women from taking part in higher or further education.

The university also offers support for students who may need support with mental health, specific learning difficulties, or who have other accessibility needs.