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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.

Opportunities for HUBS members


Canvassing for new Ordinary Officers for the Executive Committee of Heads of University Biosciences

We are looking for new members to join the HUBS Executive Committee as Ordinary Officers who, if successful, will be elected by the membership for a term of normally three years at the annual AGM. We want to ensure that the committee represents the diversity of higher education provision, covering teaching and research from across the whole of the UK. We would particularly welcome applications from representatives from HUBS institutions in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

HUBS Objectives
1) to provide a forum for Heads and Subject Leads, (to include those leading on teaching and learning and research) to discuss current issues in biosciences research, teaching and other relevant activities
2) to enable input from the Heads and Subject Leads in the HE sector into policy formulation and responses for the Royal Society of Biology and its Member Organisations
3) to engage in outward facing activities to support development and dissemination of good practice in research, teaching and scholarship within the HE biosciences sector.

Expectation of HUBS Executive Committee Members
1) to lead on an area of higher education teaching or research
2) to attend three face-to-face meetings per year
3) develop projects which will support the HUBS community
4) support the organisation of the spring or winter meetings at least once within a three year term

You will be asked to provide:

  • A one page CV, outlining current position, qualifications, and experience

And answer the following application questions:

  1. What additional skills and experience would you bring to the HUBS Executive committee?
  2. What areas in higher education and research are you interested in leading on? Do you have any suggestions for projects or activities that you think HUBS should be supporting?
  3. What would you suggest are future themes for our spring and winter meetings that you would like to support?

We also ask that you complete and submit a Diversity Monitoring Form together with your application.

If you are interested in joining the committee please submit your applications to the Head of University Bioscience secretariat, Eleanor Kirby-Green. The deadline for applications is Thursday 29th June at 5.00pm.

For any questions regarding the committee position please contact Sandra Kirk Chair of the Heads of University Biosciences, for questions regarding the application process please contact Eleanor Kirby-Green.