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Department of Biology & Biochemistry: Welcome from your Director of Teaching

Dr Chris Todd welcomes students who are joining the Department in the 2021/22 academic year.

On behalf of all the staff I very much welcome you to the Department of Biology & Biochemistry. I am sure you are looking forward to starting your university career and we hope that you will continue to be successful in your studies.

Your first weeks at university can be a challenge even under normal circumstances but this year, as we all begin to emerge from the government restrictions, there are particular and unique challenges for you and us. We very much hope there won’t be any further disruption to studies, but our experiences over the last year mean that we are well equipped to deal with the imposition of sudden changes, so we will do our utmost to maximise your academic experiences, whatever the year may hold.

We are here to help you to transition to tertiary education. We aim to support you to embrace the personal and academic growth that being at university encourages. If you encounter any issues, we need you to come forward to take up the support we have.

There is a programme of Welcome events, some of which are online but most of which are on campus. In these we will give you more details about your new Department, studying at University of Bath and about your degree course. This will be a large amount of information, so we will have recordings, handbooks and online resources to which you can refer if you miss something. However, we do encourage you to try to grasp the main points straight away as that will allow a smoother transition to your new environment.

Early on you get to meet your Personal Tutor, who will be a point of both academic and pastoral support for you during your studies. It is important to build a strong relationship with your tutor, but, as with all relationships, both parties need to put in effort for it to work really well. Your Personal Tutor would normally be the first contact point if you have an issue whilst at University.

A second set of staff who help students are the Directors of Studies. There is one for each of the degree subjects run from our Department:

Dr Susan Crennell for Biochemistry

Dr James Doughty for Biology

Dr Cressida Lyon for Biomedical Sciences

You will get to meet your Director of Studies during the Welcome events. The Director of Studies is responsible for the day-to-day management of your course and liaising with you about your course.

As Director of Teaching, I have an overarching role to ensure overall smooth operation of undergraduate teaching in the Department.

We look forward to meeting you at the start of the academic year. Please arrive refreshed and ready to throw yourself into all that the University has to offer; it is your degree, so make the most of it.

Dr Chris Todd

Director of Teaching

Key members of staff

Some names and faces you’ll want to remember.

Photo of Prof David Tosh

Prof David Tosh, Head of Department

Photo of Prof Adele Murrell

Prof Adele Murrell, Deputy Head of Department

Photo of Dr Chris Todd

Dr Chris Todd, Director of Teaching

Photo of Dr James Doughty

Dr James Doughty, Director of Studies for Biology

Photo of Dr Susan Crennell

Dr Susan Crennell, Director of Studies for Biochemistry

Photo of Dr Cressida Lyon

Dr Cressida Lyon, Director of Studies for Biomedical Sciences