About us

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences is dedicated to exploring the diversity and evolutionary challenges of life in all its forms.

Across the breadth of life and environmental sciences we discover, apply and translate science, forging major advances in human and environmental health. 

Our extensive engagement with partners across academia, industry and communities deliver growing impact on the local, national and global stage.

Talented staff

We have a faculty of more than 500 academic staff and approximately 160 professional services staff working side-by-side.

We are actively engaging with University initiatives to make high quality appointments in the College’s established and emerging centres of research excellence. Among our academic staff are a number of outstanding, high potential, early career researchers, appointed as part of the University’s sector-leading Birmingham Fellowship programme.

Our professional services staff provide valuable support to academic colleagues, enable an exceptional educational experience for our students, and help us to grow our influence regionally, nationally, and globally. We invest in the development of our professional services staff, delivering an annual programme of ‘Birmingham Professional’ development events to inspire and share best practice.

World-leading research

Our College is comprised of four Schools: Biosciences; Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences; and Psychology. We combine our discipline expertise with those across the wider University to address the most significant human and environmental questions of the present, past and future.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) the majority of our research was rated as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

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Teaching excellence

The College is home to around 4,000 students studying a diverse range of undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research  programmes.

The combination of outstanding research, training, fieldwork and facilities enables our students to engage with the most exciting and pioneering research through to its impact and application to real world societal challenges. As a result, they learn both transferable and discipline-specific skills giving them the confidence and experience to succeed in a wide range of careers across the globe. This is evidenced by our 84 per cent graduate employability rate contributing to the University of Birmingham being named University of the Year for Graduate Employment 2015-16 by The Times and The Sunday Times.