The Department of Biosciences provides access to an extensive range of specialist facilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. These include: Research and IT laboratories; Constant temperature rooms; Growth rooms; Aquaria; Greenhouses; Zoology Museum; A custom-designed 12.5m coastal research vessel, RV Noctiluca. The College of Science has also invested £4.2m on a suite of state-of-the-art Science laboratories and teaching rooms. The facility, which includes Physics laboratories, Biological Sciences laboratories, Geology laboratories, a novel group teaching laboratory and an IT suite, have been refurbished as part of the University’s ongoing commitment to enhance the learning and teaching environment. The laboratories comprise a full range of AV facilities able to transmit output from a variety of sources including microscopes, PCs, DVD players and visualise/camera units to several plasma screens. The facilities comply with all DDA requirements and include Induction Loops for students with hearing difficulties and adjustable benches for disabled students. The refurbishment has resulted in significantly upgraded facilities to teach a higher level of transferable laboratory techniques and skills. High profile researchers include Professor Tariq Butt (bio-control of crops), Professor Kevin Flynn and the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (algal biotechnology – renewable energy), Professor Rory Wilson (chief scientific adviser on National Geographic’s Great Migrations and inventor of the SMART tag to monitor animal behaviour). The SMART tag research team has published over 200 scientific articles. The SMART tag has revealed some surprising secrets about the way animals including elephant seals, penguins, cormorants, whales and sharks live.