Postgraduate Life Sciences Society



  • Postgraduate Life Sciences Society Standard Membership£3.00
  • Postgraduate Life Sciences Society Term 1 Membership£2.00
  • Postgraduate Life Sciences Society Associate Membership£3.00

About Us

Aim 1: Organise enjoyable social events for postgraduate students interested in life sciences to create a supportive network with each other.

Aim 2: To provide opportunities for postgraduate students to get career advice and guidance from post-docs and early career fellows from all areas of life sciences.

Aim 3: Promote equality, diversity, inclusivity and wellbeing among postgraduate life science students.

The Postgraduate Life Science Society runs both academic and social events for post-graduates with a common interest in life sciences. We welcome all postgraduate students (PhD and masters) who are studying for a degree or have an interest in any area of life science from anatomy to zoology.  We also welcome undergraduate students who are interested in applying for a postgraduate degree in the future or looking to conduct a career in life science.

A post-graduate degree can be extremely tough in fact, a study by Exeter’s Students’ Guild in 2015 showed 85% of students at The University of Exeter said they felt stressed and a third stated that the cause was due to a lack of friends or human contact. Monthly social events aim to give students a brief escape from the tough and high-pressure environment of a postgraduate degree and the opportunity to make new friends. Our social events will include virtual events such as bingo, pub quiz, and coffee mornings. We hope to run in-person social events when it is safe to do so. Membership will entitle you to subsided entry to these events and discounted tickets.

Monthly academic events, include a seminar series called 'Life after your PhD', where external speakers discuss the variety of career options available after your PhD including academia, industry, media, marketing, and policy. We also run virtual conferences allowing you to participate in essential academic events without loosing lab time. Members will be offered exclusive attendance to workshops, closed group discussions with academic experts and poster prizes at society symposiums.

*Post-docs, technicians and research assistants are welcome to attend all our social and academic events*

Undergraduate benefits include free attendance at our academic events and the opportunity to submit posters with monetary prizes! opportunity to network with life scientists and find out more about what postgraduate life is like.


Committee 2020/21

President: Emily Sey

Treasurer: Callum Parkin

Equality, Diversity, Wellbeing and Inclusion Officer: Damilola Makanju

Academic Events Coordinators: Rebekah White and Katharine Clayton

Social Events Coordinators: Heather Bottomley and Mark Peacock

Communications Officer: Theresa Wacker and Emer Hickey


New committee elections in October 2021, please get in touch if you are considering joining our team!


If you have any questions contact Emily at


Committee Members


Academic Events Co-ordinator

Communications Officer

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Officer


Returning Officer

Social Events Co-ordinator


Vice President



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Postgraduate Life Sciences Society Committee Elections

Roles - President, Vice President, Social Events Coordinators, Academic Events Coordinators, Communications Officer: Social Media. No experience is required for any of the roles. Being a member of the committee is a great way to meet new friends and looks great on your CV.

7 posts are up for election.

Nominations are now closed.

The polls are open and will close at 00:00 on Monday 1 November 2021 (in 6 days)

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