Within the University, the Botanic Garden is a sub-department of the Department of Plant Sciences in the School of Biological Sciences.
The permanent staff of 36 is headed by the Director. Each year, six trainees join the staff to complete the Certificate of Practical Horticulture and Plantsmanship. About half of the staff are directly concerned with horticulture and the care of the plant collections displayed across the 40 acres of this outstanding heritage-listed Garden. The other positions cover science, education, development and administration.
The Director is assisted by six heads of department and their teams. The University is currently advertising for the new Professorship of Plant Evolution and Director of the Botanic Garden following the retirement of Professor John Parker, from the directorship at the end of 2010. The position of Head of Education is currently vacant and we will be recruiting for this position in autumn 2012. Brief biographies and summary responsibilities of incumbent Heads of Department follow.