Tess Phillips: A diverse team will bring a range of knowledge, experience and ideas to the group, which through effective communication leads to a sum that is greater than the individual parts. Before academia, I worked in the biotech industry, in a small team working on the early stages of drug design. Our team brought together expertise in many areas of chemistry and biology: expertise in protein structure, molecular modelling, chemical synthesis, biological testing, drug-like properties and many other areas that all contribute to the design of a successful medicinal drug molecule.
We see the same in TBL – different students have different strengths and by pooling knowledge and asking questions of each other, all students benefit. There is nothing like discussing a subject with others, explaining your ideas and incorporating aspects you hadn’t considered, to test and refine your understanding of science.