Bioenterprise Final Post

Well this is it… my final post… I basically want to sum up the past year with this module, which has been surprisingly useful. I initially chose it because it ran over both semesters and appeared to have a decent workload and most importantly no exam at the end of the year   The seminars…

Seminar 5 – Using light bulbs to protect Africa’s lions

From a young age people are taught about lions whether it’s along the lines of “What noise does a lion make?”, through movies like The Lion King and the MGM company logo or as a staple to every zoological collection making lions a firm public favourite, at least to those who don’t have to live…

Seminar 4 – You’ve got guts

The ruminant gut microbiome is a complex ecosystem made up of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and archaea, all found within the rumen, all of which is responsible for the breakdown of organic material to be used by the rest of the body.   But this process doesn’t necessarily convert high quality plant material into high quality…

Seminar 3 – Chile opportunities

This particular seminar was conducted by Dr Shaun Russell which went on a different tangent to the previous three by focusing on future research opportunities.   Dr Russell is the director of Treborth Botanical Gardens and a lecturer at the university, specialising in mosses and liverworts. I have had the pleasure of being lectured by…

Assignment 3 – Business Plan

The final assignment for the entrepreneurial side of the module consisted of developing a biology/zoology related business plan. We could choose whether to do this on the business idea developed during the dragon’s den workshop or create a new idea. I decided not to use the dragon’s den idea but opted to create a business…

Seminar 2 – What is there to fear? Predators, primates & their landscapes of fear

The second seminar in the Bioenterprise and employability was by Professor Russell Hill, Durham University. Prof. Hill also works as a part of the Primate & Predator Project in South Africa. The main objectives of the project are: To assess the role of mountainous regions in biodiversity conservation. The behavioural ecology of predator-prey interactions focusing…

Workshop 4 & Assignment 4 – Dragon’s Den

The main purpose of this workshop was to build the foundations for our business plan assignment (which will have its own post relatively soon) as well as enabling us to work as a part of a team and to create and give a presentation to a couple of business experts, our “dragons”.   After being…

Workshop 3 & Assignment 2 – The Assessment Centre

This workshop followed the previous Careers Cafe with the aims to prepare us for job interviews through team exercises using practices commonly used by employers.   Interviews After being divided into groups of approximately 4 or 5, each person was assigned one of 4 roles; Head interviewer, Interviewee, a member from Human Relations and a…

Workshop 2 – Careers Cafe

The main goal of the careers cafe was to give us an idea of what life is and would be like after university by Bangor graduates as well as an opportunity to network. The speakers were of various ages, backgrounds and all took different paths through their university and work careers in biology, biochemistry and…

Seminar 1 – Finding simplicity in complex ecosystems

Freshwater is one of the world’s most valuable resources for the survival of all ecosystems but with human population growth freshwater ecosystems have been increasingly under pressure.   Professor Guy Woodward of Imperial College, London describes food webs as complex systems that can be broken down into its simpler components. Therefore, when one component is…

Workshop & Assignment 1 – No way is the write way

The first assignment of the Bio-enterprise module was to write your own CV and cover letter for a job in your desired career pathway. To accompany this assignment, we had a seminar session on the best way to present yourself through your CV. Previous to this assignment I already had a CV but this really…