We asked, you answered – and this is what we’re doing

16 Dec 2020

The British Society of Animal Science conducted two surveys this year, one Early Careers Survey and General Membership Survey as part of an ongoing effort to respond closely to our members’ changing and developing needs.

We would like to thank all who responded, your input truly helps us to ensure we are providing the best offering to our members.

Early Careers Survey

You wanted clearer and more extensive information on accreditation, which is why we are launching a new information leaflet about how accreditation is achievable for those in their early career. We will also be providing regular tips, guides, and updates on opportunities for Early Careers members including examples of how study and work apply and how to achieve CPD points.

You wanted us to deliver a ‘matching’ service for Mentor and Buddy schemes, matches based on specialisms and location are now in place.

You wanted more focused opportunities for Early Careers members at our conference, including opportunities to present.  In response to this we are offering a dedicated Early Career Developing Talent sessions with networking, presentation, and workshop opportunities. Packages for 3 student attendees bring the price down to just over £65/person

Further to these actions, we have also placed a heavier emphasis on recruiting new undergraduates and Freshers as BSAS members, to better represent younger and emerging talent.  We have developed and released a leaflet and a video, plus an outreach campaign to all major course providers that explains how BSAS membership provides true value to those early in their animal science and technology career.

Our general Membership Survey highlighted a series of key action points that we are working to deliver to better meet your needs.

These include:

Access to clearer and easily available information on accreditation and CPD with an increase in reminders and articles to raise awareness of the benefits of membership and accreditation. We continue to welcome case studies and membership stories from our members, so do get in touch if you would like to share your experiences. We share case studies in the new accreditation booklet.

There has been interest in different levels of membership, including Corporate and Academic, and as such our membership and accreditation committee are developing improved ways to create an offering to better meet the needs of these differing member types.

A smoother accreditation process. Our membership and accreditation team are streamlining the application process including the register, certification and communications surrounding the benefits of accreditation.

There were requests for the development of a personal directory, which we are delighted to announce is underway.  For those who wish to be accessible, a form will be provided in due course via your members’ login to provide crucial information to enable those looking for your skills to find you.  Watch this space for updates pertaining to this feature.

Creating meaningful and long-term partnerships with other like-minded organisations.  We have generated conversation with key organisations including BGS, Stapledon, Nutrition Society and work via BSAS Global; and this activity will continue and grow.

We have also made it easier to locate and follow our social media channels with announcements in our latest newsletter to direct our members to our channels. Our channels can also be found here: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram 

You wanted a larger and more diverse range of training options, and we have delivered a series of webinars over the summer to upskill our Early Careers members.  We also ran four free subject focussed webinars.

Further to these developments, we continue to adapt to the changing circumstances affecting our members and are looking to develop ways to help members connect with one another via closed groups on social channels and further networking and training opportunities.

Please continue to follow us on our social channels (links) to stay abreast of the latest updates and information about activity at the society.

We thank you for your ongoing support.