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Centre for Biological Sciences

Our alumni

When you graduate from Biological Sciences you will become part of the University’s global community of over 183,000 alumni.

The University has branches and groups in 173 countries. As a former student you will be able to take advantage of a range of benefits, services and events.

Wherever you are in the world we would love you to stay in touch with us and with your fellow alumni from Biological Sciences and across the University. 


Worldwide community

Linking up with others

Find out more about our worldwide community. Seek out old friends or develop your professional contacts.

Lifelong access

Making use of our services

From lifelong access to University resources to discounts at selected retailers, there are many benefits.


Taking part in events

The alumni Relations Office organises events throughout the year in the UK and overseas.

Where are they now?

Find out what our alumni have to say about their time at Southampton and what they are doing now.

Photo of Stephen Chiweshe
It can be tough studying in a new system and far away from home, but there is help at hand, particularly in Biological Sciences with the International Support Team.
Stephen Chiweshe - BSc Pharmacology
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There’s a gap between what students imagine a degree will give them and what it really offers. And although it’s a long time to study, a PhD really pays dividends in the end
Katie Cruickshanks - PhD: 'Adaptive coloration in rocky shore organisms'
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Most people don’t understand what Biological Sciences is about so I have to explain. Of course, it’s like Biology which they may have studied at school but it’s far broader than that and I enjoy the variety of topics that are covered.
Jonathan Davies - BSc Biomedical Sciences, started 2008
Photo of Harriet Etheridge
Following the second year of my degree I was eager to apply for one of the few studentship placements offered by a number of departments.
Harriet Etheridge - BSc Biomedical Sciences
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Studying for a PhD gives you the unique opportunity to carry out independent research in your particular field of interest.
Louise Fairless - PhD Biological Sciences, second year
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I now have a job as a Research Technician at a hospital in Cardiff. I will be helping analyse leukaemia samples taken for use in their clinical trials and also be completing some of my own research too.
Marianne Hardy - BSc Biochemistry
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My sister was already here, studying Maths. I visited her a couple of times, staying over in her Hall of Residence and was very impressed by the place. I also checked out the league tables and found Biological Sciences had an excellent reputation.
Ian Harrison - BSc Pharmacology
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I chose Southampton for my PhD because of the impressive technology that’s available for students to use, including equipment to enable students to analyse the entire genome.
Rob Holmes - PhD: ‘The role of membrane proteins in the Erisiphe Cichoracearum/Arabidopsis thaliana interaction’
Photo of Penny Hurst
I want to be a surgeon and plan to take a postgraduate medical degree after finishing my BSc at Southampton
Penny Hurst - BSc Biomedical Sciences, started 2008
Photo of Jiraphun Jittikoon
I researched UK universities and was very impressed by the academic papers the teaching staff at Biological Sciences at Southampton had published.
Jiraphun Jittikoon - PhD: 'The Structure of an Intrinsic Membrane Kinase in its Lipid Environment'
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Now I’m really passionate about learning more about parasitic infections, which affect whole populations in third world countries, often through infected water. They are particularly bad in Africa, where they are one of the main causes of blindness.
Michelle Joyner - BSc Biochemistry
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I'd always wanted to study overseas...We have a lot of lab work and that’s very rewarding. I like to discover new things, that’s one of the best things about studying Biology.
Hilmi Mustafa Kamal - BSc Biology
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One of the most notable aspects of a science PhD is improving the ability to think logically and analytically that plays an important role in 'problem solving'. these are also skills that can be applied to any aspect of life.
Scott Kimber -
Photo of Olivia Larssen
The combination of academic work and industrial experience was key in helping me choose the CASE studentship.
Olivia Larssen - PhD in Immunology and Neuroscience
Photo of Faaria Manzoor
It was a brilliant degree, so well organised and taught by very experienced and professional staff. I enjoyed it so much and learned a great deal.
Faaria Manzoor - BSc Pharmacology
Photo of Nash Matinyarare
The University's laboratory summer internships are an invaluable source of skills and information. I did such an internship on inflammation and it’s influence to neurodegenerative disease, which gave me a very good insight into the scientific side of research.
Nash Matinyarare - BSc Biomedical Sciences
Photo of Toby Matthews
I particularly enjoyed looking at evolution and ecology in relation to issues such as the future of agriculture
Toby Matthews - BSc Zoology
Photo of Salome Murinello
In the summer before my final year I took up a vacation studentship with the CNS Inflammation group, under Dr. Jessica Teeling’s supervision. This type of studentship, will allow you to discover whether scientific research is really something you want to pursue and even if in the end you decide it is not for you it will greatly help you perform well in your final year
Salome Murinello - PhD student
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Huntingdon's Disease is a complex condition and there will not be one straightforward cause. Many researchers are working on the problem and I hope one of us will make a breakthrough.
Muhammad Umar Sajjad - PhD, Cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling polyglutamine protein aggregation and neuronal death
Photo of Melanie Schroeder
There is so much you can do with the biological sciences. Just take a look in some pharmaceutical magazines and you will see there is no end of jobs working in healthcare, or even teaching.
Melanie Schroeder - BSc Biomedical Sciences, final year
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I enjoy doing demonstration work with undergraduates and I have visited schools talking about my research.
Chris Sinadinos - PhD: 'The role of heat shock protein chaperones during axonal transport in basal and stress conditions'
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There are plenty of opportunities to get together to talk over what we’re doing. For much of your research you’re working alone in the lab, so it’s good to meet up with your fellow students and discuss your work
Kevin Smyth - PhD: 'Establishing the developmental function of the rhamnogalacturonan II component of pectin'
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I really felt at home in Southampton and the pastoral care received from Biological Sciences was fantastic. I got all the help I needed from my tutor and supervisor. It’s great to know when you are starting out that you’ll get support like that.
Andy Stewart - BSc Zoology
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Research is very satisfying, I love the thrill of discovery, finding out something new. Trees are very complex and there is still a lot to learn about them.
Mat Tallis - PhD: 'Autumnal senescence in a poplar plantation in response to elevated carbon dioxide, from cell to canopy'
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I decided to come to university as a mature student after seven years away from education. I had always been interested in science, but I now discovered opportunities that had never occurred to me at school.
Stacey Travers - BSc Biology with Foundation Year
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As I hadn’t studied for a few years I realised I really needed that extra year before starting my Zoology course, to get back into studying mode.
Billy Valdes - BSc Zoology with Foundation Year
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Going for Biomedical Sciences was an excellent decision. I’ve really enjoyed the course and found I have a passion for scientific discovery in the laboratory. I’m now seriously thinking about coming back and studying for a PhD.
Tim Wade - BSc Biomedical Sciences
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In science, communication is very important to ensure you get different perspectives.
Helen Watson - PhD: 'The Targeting and Retrieval of Sarco/Endoplasmic Reticulum Calcium ATPase (SERCA) to the ER'
Photo of Hannah Wheater
I wanted to do something more connected to human beings… though I did have to spend some of my first year catching up with Biology.
Hannah Wheater - BSc Pharmacology
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My four years in Southampton have been a very good experience; people have been very friendly and it was easy to settle down and make friends. I’m really looking forward to staying in the UK to work.
Chenyi Yao - PhD: 'Isolation and characterisation of a novel lectin gene, Allium triquetrum, conferring insecticidal properties against Myzus persicae'
Photo of Rui Zhang
I chose to study for a BSc in Biomedical Sciences as it offers a wide range of career options and opportunities for further studies on completion.
Rui Zhang - BSc Biomedical Sciences
Photo of Rebecca Foster and Bart Harmsen
You can make plans for fieldwork, but they often don’t work out. Vehicles break down, camera traps are damaged or a river becomes too swollen to cross for a survey.
Rebecca Foster and Bart Harmsen - PhD

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