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Mrs Rachel Fitzearle BSc

Senior Technical Manager

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As Senior Technician Rachel has overall responsibility for the deployment of staff for the provision of technical services supporting Education, Research and Facilities. This includes the continuing professional development of the team through the development of a technical team strategy.

The Biological Sciences technical team is a focused, committed and dynamic group of a variety of ages and skills. The team works hard to achieve their own high standards and is proud of its contribution to the success of the expanding department.

Career history

2013-present: Senior Technical Manager, CfBS, Uni of Southampton, UK.
2006-2013: Technical Team Leader (Biology Facilities), SoBS, Uni of Southampton, UK.
1997-2006: Laboratory Technician Education, Aquarium & Insectary, SoBS, Uni of Southampton, UK.
1996: Erasmus exchange student, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
1995: Research Technician, British Antarctic Survey, Cambs, UK.

Academic qualifications

1993-1997: BSc (Hons) Applied Biology, Brunel University, UK.

Research interests

Before arriving at the University Rachel had experience of working in a controlled environment aquarium with Antarctic Limpets at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge measuring raised metabolism following feeding and the associated shell growth. A year later at University of Utrecht Rachel gained experience working with radioactive steroids during in vitro studies of Pituitary enzyme activity of Catfish. Rachel was initially employed at Southampton University to maintain the departmental tropical aquariums, holding wild caught Lake Malawi Cichlids and support insect rearing activities in the Insectary including DEFRA licensed pests.

Research group

Research Facilities

Affiliate research group

Research Facilities

University of Southampton

Defra Plant Health Licence Holder


  • Ethics Committee
  • Policy & Resources Committee
  • Institute for Life Sciences Health & Safety Committee
  • Research Strategy Group
  • Core Services and Equipment Group


Rachel is a member of the Biological Sciences senior management team, with input in the centre’s organisation, budgets, equipment & wellbeing through Policy and Resources Committee, Research Strategy Group, Health & Safety Committee, Ethics Committee & Core Equipment and service Contracts group. Rachel is also Supervisor for the Plant Growth Facilities and the Invertebrate Facility - for which she also holds the B85 DEFRA Plant Health Licence.

Rachel is actively involved in the University of Southampton Technical Staff Forum and HEaTED (Higher Education and Technicians Education & Development) training and networking events. She is a member of the University Bioscience Managers Association and the Controlled Environment User Group.


Mrs Rachel Fitzearle
Biological Sciences Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences Life Sciences Building 85 University of Southampton Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 85/5081

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