bSET biology tutorials

bset tutorials take place
in semesters 1 & 2 (2018/19)

bset tutorials are compulsory for

  • 2nd year students taking a minimum of two BL coded modules,
  • and all 3rd year students reading for a School of Biology degree

The bSET Biology tutorials aim to develop Biologist skills and employability skills through a series of activities with fellow 2nd and 3rd year tutees. Typically there are around three 2nd year tutees and three 3rd year tutees in each tutorial group, although this can vary. These groups are arranged by the Biology Teaching Office to best match student degree programmes and tutors’ interests. These tutorials offer an informal, supportive learning environment in which you can explore Biology with students studying similar degrees, while developing your skills. The tutorials also present an opportunity to build a productive relationship with your tutor which should be useful for your preparation for your next step after your degree (e.g. discussions about career directions, writing references).

Tutors will contact tutees via email, at the start of the semester, to introduce themselves and confirm tutorial dates/times/locations. Note that times may change subject to tutor/tutee commitments, so please check your email regularly to note any changes

Semester 1 Tutorial Timetable

Fri 5th Oct 12:00 – 13:00 tbc by tutor tutor Teamwork I
Fri 19th Oct 12:00 – 13:00 tbc by tutor tutor Citing  & Referencing
Fri 2nd Nov 12:00 – 13:00 tbc by tutor tutor Teamwork II
Fri 16th Nov 12:00 – 13:00 tbc by tutor tutor Problem Solving & Exam Prep


Semester 2 Tutorial Timetable

tbc tbc by tutor tutor Lay Summary
tbc tbc by tutor tutor Sample Selection & Bias
tbc tbc by tutor tutor Scientific Integrity (Information Handling/Presentation)
tbc tbc by tutor tutor Exam Feedback & Exam Prep

Reading lists will be distributed prior to tutorial, if appropriate.

There is no assessment for these tutorials.

Questions about         Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office (
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Tutorial content Tutor
Absence from tutorials Tutor and the Biology Teaching Office (
Year Coordinator See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list of coordinators
Overall performance, progress or future directions Advisor of Studies
Disability: Disability Coordinator Dr Jacqueline Nairn (


Biology Teaching Office

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR
Tel: 01334 463602

Andrew Blight
Anne Magureen
Caroline Kosiol
Catherine Adamson
David Evans
David Ferrier
David Hughes
David Shuker
Frank Gunn -Moore
Gerald Prescott
Graeme Ruxton
Helder Ferreira
Iain Matthews
Jacqueline Nairn
Jens Tilsner
Judith Sleeman
Julie Oswald
Lars Boehme
Luke Rendell
Malcolm White
Marcus Bischoff
Michael  Webster
Michael Morrissey
Michael Nevels
Michael Ritchie
Patrick Miller
Peter Coote
Philip Hammond
Rafael Guimaraes da Silva
Simon Northridge
Sophie Smout
Stuart MacNeil
Susan Healy
Thomas Meagher
Tracey Gloster
Uli Schwarz-Linek
V Anne Smith
Valerie Smith
Verena Dietrich- Bischoff
Will Creswell

Students completing bSET tutorials successfully should be able to:

  • Problem solve more confidently
  • Assess and present scientific writing and data appropriately
  • Outline the importance science communication
  • Develop awareness of research integrity
  • Develop transferable skills
  • Prepare more effectively for assessments/exams
  • Prepare a CV

Biologist Skills

  • Research integrity awareness
  • Research paper analysis
  • Consideration of sampling strategies
  • Critiquing experimental design
  • Data handling
  • Problem solving
  • Science communication skills (for peers and non-peers)


Transferable Skills

  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Calculations/equations
  • Data analysis and presentation
  • Problem solving
  • Sourcing relevant information
  • Referencing
  • Group discussion- participating
  • Range of communication skills (written, oral, video etc)
  • Teamwork
  • Self reflection
  • CV writing