Graduate representatives


We have a team of Postgraduate Student Reps (Grad Reps) within the Department of Biology. 

We are representatives elected by the PG students whose role involves taking suggestions from yourselves and sorting out all the things that matter to you, so that you can make the most of your time here. Whether this is communicating with the relevant staff, holding votes or sitting on the Board of Study meetings. We are there to make sure your opinions are heard and that actions are taken.

Please feel free to contact us by email or see us in person if you have any questions, suggestions, problems or anything else that you want to talk about. There is also an anonymous online feed back form.

2019/20 PGR Representatives are:

  • Biology BGSB and BoS Reps: tbc
  • NERC Rep/ Student Voice Chair: Martina Stoycheva 
  • White Rose BBSRC DTP Reps: Lewis White, Evelyn Farnham, James Forsythe, Alex Scott and Alex Russell. 
  • The Wellcome Trust CIDCATS programme Rep: Vacant 
  • NERC ACCE programme Reps: Meg Holgate and Carrie Alderley 
  • Self Funded PhD Rep: Natasha Peters 
  • MRES rep: Vacant 

Elections for Grad Reps take place yearly - please watch out for emails at the start of October 2019. 


Help and Advice

Not every Research Degree goes smoothly, however there is help out there. Your first point of contact is of course your Supervisor or Thesis Advisory Panel members, but there are a few other places to try too:

  • The Biology Graduate Office
  • Richard Waites, Director for Students and Monica Bandeira, Graduate Administrator have Open Office sessions on the 1st Wednesday of each month - details are advertised via the newsletter. 
  • The Graduate Student Association. Based in Vanbrugh College is a good first stop to find out about graduate student welfare. Find their website at GSA or email them
  • For other problems you could try Nightline (Tel: 01904 433735) or the University's Open Door Team

If you experience any problems with bullying in the department, or feel you are being discriminated against because of gender/race, or have any queries on University policies on these issues, please refer to the University policy for information who to contact.


Board meetings

Grad Reps attend two meetings per term on your behalf: the Biology Graduate Studies Board (BGSB) and the Biology Board of Studies (BoS). If you would like to know more about what goes on in these meetings please click the links below and see the official minutes. If you have any issues that you want bringing to these meetings please contact us.