Award launched to honour retiring BSAS chief

BSAS is launching a new award to honour society chief executive Mike Steele, who is set to retire from the role this year.

The Mike Steele Award will help to support students in developing countries to further their studies in animal science.

As well as giving financial support towards course fees, it will also be used to fund speaker travel to a developing country as well as learning resources.

The award is being established to honour Mike’s work with the society, which spans almost 30 years. He has worked as BSAS’s chief executive for more than a decade.

Liam Sinclair, BSAS President, said the award was a way of marking Mike’s outstanding service to the society and to the people who work in animal science.

“Supporting students and especially those in developing countries has always been a subject close to Mike’s heart.

“By setting up this award, we hope we can honour the hard work that Mike has done during his 28 years of working with BSAS, and ensure his contribution continues in future.”

Mike is set to step down from the chief executive’s role following the BSAS annual conference in April.

He will be replaced by Bruce Beveridge, the Scottish Government’s former head of Rural Communities.

If you would like to make a donation to the Mike Steele Award’s fund, you can do so by visiting the BSAS PayPal page.

If you are a UK tax payer and wish to gift aid your donation then please download the form and email to Fiona.ferguson@bsas.org.uk who will match it up to your donation.