SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES Dean: Professor Barry Winn The School of Life Sciences is the largest academic planning unit in the University with approximately 1800 students and comprises the following areas; Department of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Chemical and Forensic Sciences, Clinical Oncology Unit, Department of Optometry and the School of Pharmacy. The new School has approximately 100 academic staff and 100 support staff engaged in teaching and research. Consultation and discussion on governance of the School during the session led to the development of structures in which all staff groups and students are full participants. Equal opportunity issues have been mainstreamed within the governance arrangements which will serve us well over the coming years as the School develops. The transparent and open approach adopted by the University and the School helped keep all staff informed of developments. This approach to managing the School will continue to be adopted. As a result of governance arrangements two School level posts were created to support research and teaching and learning. Dr Val Randall was appointed as Director of Research and Dr John Purvis appointed as Director of Teaching and Learning. The Director of Teaching and Learning has been proactive in promoting the quality agenda and embedding best practice within the School structures. Three areas of the School underwent Subject Review during the academic session. Subjects Allied to Medicine (including Optometry) and Pharmacy achieved “excellent” scores of 23 points. These were two of the three excellent scores achieved by units of provision in 1999/00 and were significant as this threshold had not been reached during previous assessments of teaching quality at the University of Bradford. We aim to build upon Subject Review outcomes and stimulate developments in teaching and learning to enhance quality and to assist in the implementation of the University Teaching and Learning Strategy. In addition undergoing Subject Review Pharmacy also achieved Investors in People (IiP) status in May 2000 which has helped guide other areas of the School. It was a significant achievement to run both Subject Review and IiP in parallel. The Director of Research has played a significant role in promoting collaborative projects and started to act in a co-ordinating capacity in support of RAE submissions from the School. The School Research Committee plays a critical role in guiding research direction and promoting collaborative initiatives. Research has continued to develop throughout the year and is characterised by high quality published output across all areas of the School and an increase in the quality and quantity of grant income. Staff have attracted grants from a range of sources including Research Councils, The Wellcome Trust, various charities and industry which have helped support the growth of research within the School. The merger of Bradford’s War on Cancer with the Cancer Research Campaign was a welcome development and has increased income to Clinical Oncology. In addition, the support of Yorkshire Cancer Research has be vital to the development of cancer drug design in part through a funded Chair. Cancer research will be a main focus of activity over the coming years and is a strength of the School. Individuals within the School have been recognised for their research achievements and academic reputations through appointment to RAE panels. Professor Baker has been appointed to the panel for Subjects Allied to Medicine and Professors York and Rowe have been appointed to the Pharmacy panel. These appointments bring great credit to the School and the University. The School has made a number of academic appointments throughout the session who bring new but complimentary skills to the area. Recruitment has been focused on specific research areas to help build upon core activity. We have been successful in attracting talented individuals from a range of academic backgrounds who will add value to our efforts in research and teaching. The School of Life Sciences has adopted structures and governance arrangements which will help support developments in research and taught course provision over the coming 5 year planning period. We are working towards improved RAE scores in 2001 and expanding the portfolio of taught courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am grateful to all colleagues who have been active in supporting the development of the School over the academic session. Their vision and commitment will ensure that Life Sciences is positioned at the centre of activity at the University of Bradford.