Edge Hill’s Biology department celebrated its 25th anniversary with a series of events for all ages.
A Schools Olympiad on 25 June saw over 100 AS Level students from across Lancashire and Greater Manchester take part. Teams competed against each other on a packed schedule of different activities throughout the day including DNA Extraction of cheek cells, a biodiversity quiz, beetle identification and cell biology. Leyland’s Runshaw College took third place, second place went to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (Blackburn) and the winners were Stockport’s Cheadle Hulme School.
On 27 June, 400 members of the public attended a Family Fun Day at the University. Activities on offer included DNA extractions, owl pellet dissections, Grossology (the more revolting aspects of biology), invertebrate identification, and pond dipping. Visitors could use different types of microscopes to look at plants, cells and beetles and there were demonstrations of the department’s Scanning Electron Microscope held throughout the day. The Fun Day allowed visitors to see inside the recently expanded and refurbished laboratories and see work from researchers and PhD students in the department.
The department also hosted an alumni meal. This gave graduates the opportunity to network with other graduates, catch up with old friends and to see the department’s recent developments including a molecular genetics facility, insectaries and a microbiology lab.
Edge Hill University’s Biology department has recently enjoyed a major revamp and has been extended with a whole floor of brand-new lab space, supporting further work in Human Biology, together with enhanced facilities for research.
Dr Paul Ashton, Head of Biology at Edge Hill University said: “The department has grown markedly in the last five years, building on the previous 20, and we have graduates working in a variety of rewarding jobs. It was fantastic to celebrate the success of the department and its students with the local community, schools and alumni and give them a chance to try out our great facilities for themselves.”