Postgraduate Life Sciences Society



  • Postgraduate Life Sciences Society Standard Membership£3.00
  • Postgraduate Life Sciences Society Associate Membership£3.00
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About Us


Members will get a free enamel round logo pin with purchase! Last orders March 11th. 


We have a short 'start of 2022' survey out. Please do have your say on upcoming events and how the society is run. It doesn't matter if you're a member or not, as long as you are in life sciences ??



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 2021/22

President: Katharine Clayton

Vice President: Rebekah White

Treasurer: Callum Parkin

Equality, Diversity, Wellbeing and Inclusion Officer: Michelle Michelsen 

Academic Events Coordinators: Emily Sey and Emer Hickey

Social Events Coordinators: Matty Gaines and Matt Surlock (Matt^2)

Communications Officer: Theresa Wacker



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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University of Exeter Students' Guild is a Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered Charity Number: 1136468 Company Number: 07217324; registered in England and Wales Registered office: Devonshire House, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4PZ