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Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) is a Special Interest Group of the Royal Society of Biology, and builds on the work of the previous Heads of Biological Sciences.


The Group is open to heads of departments and subject leads or nominees, and aims to address the particular challenges of managing biological and life science departments and units in UK higher education (HE). HUBS acts as a forum for discussing national issues on the provision and funding of research and teaching in the biological sciences, and as a source of informed comment on the consultations of the day that affect HE institutions delivering in the biological and life sciences.

HUBS runs two meetings for members a year: a day-long winter meeting focusing on HE policy issues; and a residential meeting in early spring, with more extended talks and debates about matters relevant to teaching in the biosciences. The Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award is made at this meeting. For more details please see the HUBS news and events page.

As a Special Interest Group of the Society, HUBS contributes to national debates on priorities in the biosciences, and our higher education policy work is informed by upwards of 3,000 academic specialists in the UK's academic departments.

We invite any higher education institutions not currently involved to join the group and help develop it to make it relevant to and supportive of the biosciences across the UK. Further details about joining HUBS are on the membership page.

For more information on the Society's HE work including HE policy responses, our work on Degree Accreditation Programme and our HE teaching awards, please see the higher education policy section of our website.

Read the HUBS constitution.