This will be a slight diversion from my usually concise posts as it will be an overview of the entire Bio Enterprise Module with a statement encompassing my thoughts on the content and how it's helped me focus my career plans. What is Bio-enterprise? "Bio-Enterprise" is really as simple as the name suggests. Bio- meaning … Continue reading Bio-Enterprise and Employability
Last month, a talk was given by Aberystwyth's senior lecturer in Animal Science Dr Sharon Huws on the importance of vertebrate digestive systems and the multitude of microorganisms that reside within the ruminant gut in particular. Understanding the microbiome. She began by providing a brief background to the rumen microbiota, a complicated ecosystem housing archaea, … Continue reading Understanding and exploiting the ruminant gut microbiome.
On the 16th December, last year I attended a seminar by Dr Darren Smith from Northumbria University discussing the importance of bacteriophages. As a starting point, phages are a form of viruses that specifically infect bacteria. They do this by attacking the lysogenic pathway; phages integrate into the bacterial DNA, which allows the virus to … Continue reading Temperate Bacteriophages are for life, not just for Christmas.
The final part of this module, with the exception of the very blog you are currently reading, was the attendance of something known as a "Careers Café". This was essentially a seminar given by four guest speakers, all graduates from Bangor University, who have gone on to gain successful careers. The for speakers came from … Continue reading Careers Café
No, this isn't a post about Mastermind, this is about the assessment centre, albeit the mock one, we went to as practice for the real ones we will most likely experience at some point. An assessment centre is a method used by employers to interview and, as the name suggests, assess multiple candidates in as … Continue reading My chosen subject is…why I’m right for this job.
The premise for this part of the module was fairly simple. We would spend the day coming up with an idea for a business (ideally themed around some aspect of biological science, as that is the field in which we are all studying), plan it with all the necessary details, and then pitch it to … Continue reading Entering the Dragon’s Den.
As a follow up to the previous assessment, the Dragon's Den business presentation, we were asked to write up a formal business plan. I opted to use the business my group had come up with during the Dragon's pitch of a vertical landscape gardening company. I found my lack of knowledge of the business world a … Continue reading Business Plans: “Growing Up” in the world.
Point to anyone in the real world, not this fantasy land of University many of us have become far too accustomed to, and they will have written a CV at some point in their lives. The CV, or curriculum vitae, is the golden ticket to a job. It is the accumulation of one's professional life, all typed … Continue reading Writing a CV…
A field project undertaken by Russell Hill in Soutsponsberg known as the “Predator and Primate Project” which looked into the effects (both lethal and non-lethal) of near-by predators on social animals. There were 3 main areas of study for the project- Predator-prey interations (Behavioural ecology) Assess the role of mountainous regions in biodiversity concentration Evaluate … Continue reading Predators, Primates and Humans in a landscape of fear.
Immediately, before attempting to consider any solutions to poverty, one must attempt to understand what exactly poverty is. Simply, it is described as an income of below $1.90 per person per day. A project known as Drylands Development Programme (Dry Dev) worked on by Dave Harris from the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) aims to improve … Continue reading Growing ones way out of poverty.