Reflections on a module

Time has flown by since I started the Bio Enterprise and Employability series on this blog.

It has been an enjoyable module, and I feel it has given my valuable knowledge and experience.

Overall, my favourite talk was the one on puff adder behaviour. I think the most useful workshop was the careers café, and the most enjoyable assignment for me was blogging.

I found how my note-taking style differs between lectures and science talks interesting. For example, my lecture notes tend to be more detailed, whereas my blog post notes are sometimes less detailed and include my thought on the talk.

It was nice to be able to choose which talks to attend and write about, although many have not made it into this blog (so far, at least). This series has also given me an opportunity to see what type of content you, the readers of this blog, like. Hopefully I will be able to use this to inform future content.

I must admit I was initially sceptical about the content and value of the workshops. However, during and after them, I realised that I enjoyed them, and did gain some skills, such as co-writing a business plan and presenting a business plan, that I would not have picked up elsewhere.

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Bats with Catharine Wüster

Bangor University’s Zoological Society’s most recent talk was all about bats, and was given by Catherine Wüster PhD MCIEEM.

She started the talk by looking at the evolutionary history of bats. It turns out the bat order (Chiroptera, or “hand-wings”) is over 50 million years old, and is very diverse. For example, there diets of bats range from nectar to blood. Some are also important pollinators, and one species, the long-nosed bat, is essential for the production of tequila.

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What can you do with a zoology degree?

Is a question I’ve been thinking a lot about recently.

I went into the final Bio Enterprise and Employability workshop, the Careers Café, hoping to gain some answers to this question.

The panel consisted of five Bangor graduates:

  • Bethan Wynne Jones (2014 graduate, completed a masters Wetland Science and Conservation). Ecosystem and Climate Change officer at the Snowdonia National Park.
  • Graham French (completed a Marine Biology degree in 1998, then a PGCSE in Outdoor Activities and Science in 2000). Lecturer in Education at Bangor University.
  • Nia Jones (2003 graduate, completed an MSc in Ecology). The Living Seas manager at the North West Wales Wildlife Trust.
  • Jon Cannon (1998 graduate, studied Marine Zoology). A Process Manager at Dŵr Cymru (Welsh Water).
  • Rhys Morgan (2012 graduate, completed a Masters in Zoology). The animal care technician at Bangor University.

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