“Biology Buddy” coordinator: an excellent CV building opportunity

“Biology Buddy” coordinator: an excellent CV building opportunity

The School of Biology is developing a new mentoring programme called the “Biology Buddy Scheme”. The aim is to help new students to integrate into our vibrant and friendly community. We are especially keen to help new first years, particularly foreign students, and direct entrants to second year, to integrate early in their time at St Andrews.

The idea is for incoming School of Biology undergraduates to have a pair of mentors from 2nd and 3rd year. Ideally the mentors, who will have different biology interests, will be available as points of contact in the summer before new students arrive.  Mentors will oversee a small group of first year students. We envisage the organisation of a few small get togethers, and perhaps some larger events, over the course of the academic year.

We need to recruit a student coordinator for the “Biology Buddy Scheme”. The coordinator will ideally be a second year going into third year, but any excellent candidates will be considered!

The role involves 

  • advertising the scheme
  • recruiting potential mentors
  • personalising a mentor handbook for the scheme
  • creating mentoring partnerships using the University’s Sumac software
  • acting as the first point of contact for mentor/mentee queries. 

Full training is given on Sumac software.  CAPOD will provide training for the student coordinator, running briefing sessions if required, and evaluating the impact of the scheme.

Interested individuals should submit a short CV and a statement (up to one side A4) explaining their interest in, and aptitude for, taking on the role. Please see the flyer for information.

This is a great CV building opportunity, and requires a person/persons with commitment, organisational skills, and energy to dedicate during the summer (some input will also be required this semester to recruit the mentors). 

To apply for this exciting new role please email cat.wilson@st-andrews.ac.uk  

Student Services Revision Relaxation


Starting on 2 May, Student Services is having a week of fun and relaxing events and activities including meditation, arts & crafts, free coffee and donuts, games, and there are rumours of some adorable furry animals making an appearance…check out the Facebook event for more details!

Postgrad/final year undergrad ceilidh!

The School of Biology Ceilidh is taking place on Friday 29th April (7:30PM ’til late) in the St Andrews United Social Club on Langlands Road.

There is a (cheap) bar and food will be served.

Tickets are £6 and available from the offices at BMS, SOI and Harold Mitchell.

The ceilidh is open to final year undergraduates, PhD students and all staff.

Summer Work Shadowing

The Careers Centre runs a work shadowing programme every summer and winter where interested students have the opportunity to shadow a professional in their workplace. At some point during the summer break, between June 30th and September 1st, you will have the chance to shadow someone in an interested industry or sector for one day (more depending on the opportunity). This is a great way to try out a potential career or industry you might be interested in!

For more info, check out the website here. Note that this summer’s hosts will be announced on 10 April.

Summer Internship Opportunities!

The Scottish Life Sciences Internship Programme is still open for two more weeks, and we have already seen a great number of candidates applying – all of the placements have had interest so far. These opportunities will close at midnight on February 29th! For 1st, 2nd and 3rd years. For more info check out the website here.

Careerwise Work Placements are open for applications from female students, 2nd year and up:  research assistant placements in microbiology. Please remember to come to the Careers Centre to have your application reviewed before submitting. For more information check the attached PDF below.


PhD opportunities at the University of Calgary

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The University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada is recruiting graduate students in Biology!

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is looking for the next generation of cutting-edge researchers. Enter their annual recruitment competition for the chance to start a PhD project in Infection, Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Organ Regeneration or Cardiovascular Disease.

Application deadline in 31 January 2016, shortlisted candidates win a free trip to Calgary for an interview in March!