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: Sophie Hazelden  

Where are you studying? University of Leeds

What are you studying? My PhD project looks at identifying the mode of action of zinc oxide in post-weaned pigs, by studying changes in the microbiome of the gastrointestinal tract.

What have you gained from BSAS? Since an undergraduate, BSAS has provided me with the opportunity to present my ongoing research; network with like minded people and share experiences with those at a similar stage in their career as myself.

 

Deputy Chair: Andy Jones

Where are you studying? Rothamsted (North Wyke)

What are you studying? The optimisation of pasture based sheep production systems in the UK through the development of a suite of key performance indicators.

What have you gained from BSAS? BSAS has given me the opportunity to interact with other early career scientists, develop my existing research skills and gain awareness of the research currently being undertaken in my field.

 

Other council members:
 
Maithe Rocha
Aberystwyth University
Alanna Reid AFBI
Viola Farci
Glasgow University
Annie Williams 
Harper Adams University
Katie McDermott
Leeds University
Hannah Davis Leeds University
Hayley Marshall
Nottingham University
Kym Griffin      
Nottingham Trent University
Brad Harrison Reading University
Owen Powell
Roslin Institute / University of Edinburgh
Jamie McFadzean
Rothamsted Research / Exeter University
Allison Craig
SRUC - Scotland's Rural College
Paul Smith Teagasc