Shaping the Future of Animal Science 

About the Undergraduate Council 

The Council provides the Society’s undergraduate members with a host of tools and resources to support their fledgling careers and help them feel better prepared for the transition from student to professional. This includes providing opportunities to network with leading academics and industry professionals, one to one support via the buddy and mentor schemes, access to early careers focused awards, and discounts on the Society’s diverse programme of events. 

The Undergraduate Council (UC) [meet the team] works closely with the other committees within BSAS, especially global, events, awards, and accreditation, to ensure undergraduates are provided with the opportunities required to thrive throughout their degree and upon graduating. 

A member of the Council will also sit on the BSAS Early Career Council once a month, and attend Trustee Meetings, where we work together to shape the future of animal science, ensuring that there is an undergraduate focus on how the Society develops its offering for budding animal scientists and technologists in the early stages of their careers. 

Undergraduate Council – Objectives Statement

The Council aims to increase the Society’s undergraduate membership from all areas of animal science, and provide them with the necessary tools and resources, to support their fledgling careers and help them feel better prepared for the transition from student to professional. This includes providing opportunities to network with leading academics, researchers, and industry professionals, one to one support via the buddy and mentor schemes, access to early careers focused awards, and discounts on the Society’s diverse programme of events, such as the developing talent sessions at the BSAS annual conference, to help enhance their skill set. 

Undergraduate members will also receive regular updates on all the latest news via the Society’s newsletters and social media channels and have the opportunity to become an accredited animal scientist or technologists. Applying and maintaining registration improves key professional skills and exposes those in the early stages of their career to processes which they may not otherwise have been introduced. 

Join the Undergraduate Council

Free for members of BSAS to join, the Undergraduate Council provides an unrivalled platform for fledgling animal scientists to engage fellow animal scientists and technologists within BSAS, and to get involved in the Society’s fantastic range of conferences, events, and workshops, such as the developing talent sessions. 

The UC is open to undergraduate and masters/students.

If you are interested in joining the ECC, contact undergraduatecouncil@bsas.org.uk.

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Training

Throughout the year, the Undergraduate Council will on its own, and in collaboration with the Early Career Council, host an array of thought-provoking and engaging events, workshops and networking opportunities, to help members learn more about the different areas of animal science, and ready themselves for the launch of their fledgling careers. 

BSAS Membership

At a cost of just £15/year for undergraduates, a BSAS Membership can play a vital role in helping those in the early stages of their career build a solid foundation from which their careers can flourish. Benefits range from access to leading academia and industry contacts across the globe, to exclusive awards and grants, free registration to become an Accredited Animal Scientist or Technologist, and discounts on our wide variety of conferences and industry workshops. 

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The Undergraduate Thesis of The Year Award

Launched in 2020, this award recognises and celebrates the hard work and quality of undergraduate theses.

2021 Winner, Phoebe Abrahams, said about the award “I’m very grateful for the unanimous vote of the committee in recognising my hard work, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It has given me a huge amount of confidence as I start my journey to becoming a vet.”

To find out more about the 2021 winners, click here.

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Graduate Opportunities

The BSAS ‘Jobs Board’ contains details of all the latest and greatest graduate vacancies and research opportunities both in the UK and overseas. 

Accreditation

The BSAS Accreditation Register is not just for those who are established in their careers, with its ‘Associate’ levels specifically designed to recognise the knowledge of those early on in their career. Applying and maintaining registration improves key professional skills and exposes those in the early stages of their career to processes which they may not otherwise have been introduced. 

All about BSAS and Becoming a Member

Watch Michael Lee, BSAS President, talk about BSAS and how becoming a member can help you now and as your career as an animal scientist progresses in the future. 

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Share your Undergraduate story / Social Channels

Make sure you’re following the BSAS social media channels for all of the latest Society news and updates, and to share your journey from undergrad to fully fledged professional. 

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