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Third Annual Biomedical Sciences Alumni Careers Evening 2017

Fully attended seminar at the faculty careers evening 2017

The 2017 careers event was the highest attended so far

Dr Richard Pither (PhD 1988) delivering talk to students

Dr Richard Pither (BSc 1988, PhD 1991) CEO Cytox Ltd. delivering talk to students

Bristol Alumni Hayley Ellis, Ross Hill and Henry Pegram with Faculty Education Director Ann Pullen

17 November 2017

This year, 27 volunteer alumni returned to meet over 180 students, in the third annual Biomedical Sciences alumni careers evening.

The event was held at the Students' Union at the Richmond Building, with the programme covering a range of topics including:

  • Biotechnology
  • Medicine
  • Enterprise & self-development
  • Going into industry
  • Outreach and communications
  • Teaching and research
  • Sales and marketing. 

There has been a year-on-year increase in attendance since the first event in 2015, with numbers up from 100 in 2015, and 126 in 2016. Students hailed the evening as a great success, engaging with Bristol biomedical graduates and learning about their career paths since leaving university, how they secured their positions, and what they wish they had known while they were still studying.

After the talks and seminars, the speakers and students gathered at the Balloon Bar for further insight and networking opportunities (some conversations ran quite a bit beyond closing time).

Dr Richard Pither (BSc 1988) is a returning guest speaker and was enthusiastic about the evening: 

'Thanks for the invitation to participate in the alumni careers evening yesterday. As ever, it was a really well organised event and I was very impressed with the high turn-out and high quality of the students. I have in fact received emails from two already today and am trying to answer their questions!'

Plans are already underway for next year using the excellent student feedback gathered from all previous events. Notable suggestions include hosting at larger venue, and longer duration – possibly extending the event to an employability week.

Further information

At the University of Bristol, Dr Richard Pither obtained his BSc in Cellular and Molecular Pathology in 1988 and PhD in Molecular Immunology in 1991.

Hayley Ellis completed her BSc in Cellular Molecular Medicine in 2014 and is currently undertaking her PhD in Translational Health Studies.

Ross Hill completed his BSc in Cancer Biology and Immunology with Study in Industry in 2015.

Henry Pegram completed his BSc in Cellular Molecular Medicine in 2014 and MSc in Transfusion and Transplanatation Sciences in 2016. 

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