The School is one of six Schools in the University. The School includes the Faculty of Biology, which contains eight departments and the Centre for Family Research, and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, which is a single department. The Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, the Centre for Stem Cell Research, within the Wellcome Trust/MRC Stem Cell Institute, and the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre are inter-departmental institutes within the School. The Sainsbury Laboratory is a new institute for plant science.
The School has strong research and teaching programmes. Together with the School of Clinical Medicine it has a thriving Graduate School, which includes a number of University Partner Institutes and which caters for early career postdoctoral staff as well as graduate students.
The School houses or contributes to a number of research facilities and interdisciplinary research centres.
Information about the Council of the School, which is the main supervisory body, and other committees, is under Contact.
The Council is responsible for resource allocation and creates a financial and academic plan as part of overall University strategy. It provides a link between departments and the University's General Board and helps support University and national initiatives.