To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
You will be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.
In the meantime, there are a couple of popular science books you might like to read before starting your degree if you can. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive but if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, our Head of Biology suggests:
- Genentech: The Beginnings of Biotech – by Sally Smith Hughes
- Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves Book – by Ed Regis and George Church
- The Antidote: Inside the World of New Pharma – by Barry Werth
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – by Rebecca Skloot
Did you know you can hang out with scientists online via The Natural History Museum?
You can also use the BBC and Guardian websites to follow science (especially biology) stories in the press. Focus on the scientific principles rather than the human element as you read.
For some great articles and insights, the New Scientist website is highly recommended. And, as it’s never too early to start thinking about topics you enjoy, you could try comparing news articles to scientific papers you can find on Google Scholar. This will be a useful skill for your studies.
Other useful websites include:
Things to do over summer
Here are a couple of ideas for you to try some Bioscience related fun:
Meet your programme lead
Additional ways to prepare
Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.
This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.Use this link to join the session
University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.
We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.