The Cruickshank Botanic Garden is associated with the University School of Biological Sciences, and provides teaching and demonstration material for undergraduate classes, as well as experimental ground for research.
Biology teaching at Aberdeen has been graded as 'Excellent' by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.
The Research Excellence Framework results released in December 2014 confirmed Aberdeen as one of the top UK Institutes in Biological and Environmental Sciences Research
The Gardens are an important resource for the University's Natural History Centre, which is situated right next door to the Garden in the Zoology Building. The Natural History Centre was established in 1995 to instill an appreciation of the natural world in people of all ages. Since then, it has welcomed over 70,000 young visitors, who have benefited from the Centre's creative education programme for schools and families.