Students graduating with a degree from the Faculty of Life
Sciences at the University of Manchester have achieved the best ever record for
1st and 2:1 degrees.
Of the 586 students who will collect their degree
certificate this Friday 29% will be graduating with a first class honours
degree, while nearly twice this amount (56%) will graduate with an upper second
class honours degree.
The undergraduates, who come from around the country, studied
in a number of scientific disciplines from Neuroscience and Optometry to
Zoology and Anatomical Sciences.
Commenting on the University’s success, The Dean of the
Faculty, Professor Martin Humprhies, said: “The world class research facilities
that we provide along with our high calibre of dedicated and committed teaching
staff have ensured that students get the best education possible at the Faculty
of Life Sciences here at The University of Manchester. I’m really proud of all
our graduates who have worked so hard throughout their degree. The results are
a testimony to their commitment and enthusiasm for Life Sciences.”
Though science degrees are traditionally supposed to attract
more men than women, the opposite was true at the University. While 250 men
will graduate with a sciences subject this year, this is surpassed by a figure
of 336 for women.
Student Jessica Lee will graduate with a first class honours
degree in Cell Biology with Industrial/Professional Experience this year, as
well as being awarded an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for obtaining
the highest overall mark in the whole Faculty. She said:
“I was amazed to come top of the Faculty. I really enjoyed
my placement at AstraZeneca as the staff were very supportive and I learned a
great deal. The skills that I picked up during my time there proved useful in
my final year and spurred me on to getting a first.”
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