Early Career Council

The BSAS Early Career Council (formerly known as the Student Council) is your voice within the British Society of Animal Science.

BSAS Early Career Council is your voice within BSAS, which helps you to get the best from the society by, continuing to provide a diverse and supportive networking platform to animal scientists from degree level, right through to Post-Doc.

Free to join for early career members of BSAS (Undergraduates, Postgraduates, PhD and Post-Docs), the Early Career Council provides members with:

⦿ Access to exclusive grants and prizes
⦿ Free and discounted training courses and workshops
⦿ Networking and mentoring opportunities
⦿ Jobs news and careers fairs
⦿ Graduate, PhD and Masters opportunities

If you would like to find out more about the BSAS Early Career Council and how to get involved, contact earlycareercouncil@bsas.org.uk


Who we are

Chair: Zoë Willis

Where are you studying? University of Warwick

What are you studying?  My PhD project looks at furthering our understanding of foot-rot in sheep by studying the virulence factors and strain community of the main bacterium that causes this highly endemic disease.

What have you gained from BSAS? Being part of the Early Career Council has allowed me to develop strong collaborations with other students, researchers and industries who I wouldn't have had contact with otherwise.


Deputy Chair: Alexandra Tonks    

Where are you studying? Reading University
What are you studying? Exploring the influence of management strategies on the gut microbiome and associated metabolome of broiler chickens to improve understanding of growth and production.
What have you gained from BSAS? BSAS has given me the invaluable opportunity to present my research to industry professionals, providing important networking potential and giving me confidence in my work and being part of BSAS has made my work feel more ‘real’ and gives my research more purpose.

Deputy Chair: Paul Smith   

Where are you studying? Teagasc

What are you studying? My PhD is looking to better understand the relationship between the rumen microbiome, feed efficiency , host genetics and environmental outputs in beef cattle.

What have you gained from BSAS? BSAS membership has given me the platform to network with some of the UK and Ireland’s top animal scientists and industrial professionals which has helped me gain priceless contacts. The society provides fantastic support to it’s young members, through its many scholarships and training, which has allowed me to meet regularly with liked minded scientists. The society’s strong focus on younger members is best seen at the student session as part of the annual conference.


Other council members:
Maithe Rocha
Aberystwyth University
David Johnston
Liam Cundy
Bristol University
Annie Williams 
Harper Adams University
Katie McDermott
Leeds University
Hanna Davis    
Leeds University
Sophie Hazelden
Leeds University
Kym Griffin      
Nottingham Trent University
Charity Muriuki 
Roslin Institute / University of Edinburgh
Jamie McFadzean
Rothamsted Research / Exeter University
Andy Jones     
Rothamsted Research 
Allison Craig
SRUC - Scotland's Rural College