Former Biological Sciences student Lynne Chambers was shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Society of Biology School Biology Teacher Award. The award seeks to identify and recognise the very best and most inspiring biology teachers in 11-18 education in the UK.

Lynne wrote to us, saying: "As a former student at your University I am writing to thank you and to let you know that I was a finalist in the 2016 Royal Society of Biology Teacher Award. I very much enjoyed my time studying in Birmingham for my Biological Sciences BSc and graduated in 2000. I then went to King's College London for my PGCE where my education wonderfully became my vocation in 2001 when I was given QTS [Qualified Teacher Status].


"I have been in my current post as Head of Biology at Greenacre School For Girls, Banstead for the last 10 years and was delighted to be presented with my RSB certificate at the Royal Institution, London in July.  

"The teaching and support that i received as a student from yourselves is appreciated. I look back at my time at University with fond memories."


For the final stage of judging for the award the four finalists were asked to submit a short case study which highlighted how they have enhanced their students’ learning. Lynne submitted her essay entitled 'Top of the Bio-Pops!' setting out her top 10 countdown of teaching, giving details of her innovations, workshops, thoughts and philosophies.