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How does the experience of your course compare with any expectations you may have had?
The Student Essay Competition, open to all UK higher education students studying a pure or applied biological science, was run by the Centre for Bioscience with the aim of identifying what students had expected of their course, the factors that led to those expectations, if, and how, their experiences were different from their expectations. It was hoped that the essays would also give a variety of individual accounts of the experience of learning bioscience and examples of good and/or innovative teaching, learning and assessment methods.
Twenty-nine entries were received, all of a very high quality, of these ten were shortlisted from which one overall winner and two runner-up essays were chosen.
The essays were intended as a useful resource for bioscience academics. To highlight this a commentary to highlight issues raised in the shortlisted entries was published in volume 18 of the Bioscience Bulletin.
Thank you to all who submitted an essay and congratulations to the winner, Sue Willis, the runners-up, Sepideh Bazazi and Sian McCarthy and all the shortlisted entrants. The winning, runner-up and shortlisted essays are available below to download in pdf format.
Essays were received from students at the following institutions:
This was the second annual essay competition, the first asked students "Studying for a degree in a pure or applied biological science? What makes the best learning experience for you?"