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FBS Alumni


As a graduate we hope you will continue to stay involved in the activities of the Faculty of Biological Sciences. Your involvement as alumni is invaluable and will help our students benefit from your wide range of career insights and expertise.

Nurturing Talent Mentoring Scheme

Mentoring is a powerful tool and as a mentor you can make a big difference.

The Leeds mentoring scheme links up professionals from bioscience and other industries to act as mentors to students in the Faculty of Biological Sciences. We have developed the mentoring scheme to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their employability, expand their professional networks and increase their confidence. Find out more.

Tap into our talent

Can you provide a student work placement or one-off project within your organisation? It’s an ideal opportunity if you are looking for new ideas, impartial analysis, or help and they’re an important part of our students’ learning experience. Find out more about collaborating with the Faculty of Biological Sciences and working with students.

Do you have a vacancy to advertise? Post work placements, internships and graduate jobs directly to our students and alumni via our Employability Officer Mr Tim Goodall.

The University also manages a number of exclusive internship programmes for Leeds students with companies through the Leeds Internship Programme.

For further information:

Share your expertise

There are a wide variety of opportunities for guest speakers to share expertise and inspire our students either as one off talks or as part of a specific teaching module. Please contact to find out more.

Help with International Recruitment / International Alumni Ambassadors

International Alumni Ambassadors work with staff from our International Office to help recruit students around the world.

Volunteers get involved by talking to prospective students about university life and study at education fairs and sharing personal experiences of living in Leeds at offer holder events and pre-departure briefings.

If you're interested in getting involved in your country please contact

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a range of sponsorship opportunities including:

  • Student prizes
  • Sponsorship of our FBS careers fair
  • Sponsorship of our mentor awards

To find out more please contact

Submit an Alumni Profile

Inspire our current and prospective students by sharing your experiences of Leeds and choice of career through a short alumni profile. Complete our online profile form.

Below are some alumni case studies;

Professor Steve Jackson, Doctor of Science

Professor Steve Jackson, Doctor of Science

Professor Jackson is a Leeds graduate and is the Fredrick James Quick Professor of Biology at the University of Cambridge. In 1997 he founded KuDOS Pharmaceuticals, acquired by AstraZeneca in 2005, to translate knowledge of DNA damage response pathways into new treatments for cancer. Professor Jackson established a second company in 2011, Mission Therapeutics, which focused on the ubiquitin pathway to treat cancers and other life threatening diseases. Professor Jackson is an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation, the Academy of Medical Sciences and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Bethany Leake, BSc Genetics

Bethany Leake: BSc Genetics

I am currently working at St George’s Hospital in London, where I am a booking co-ordinator for outpatient appointments in the neurology and neurosurgery department. It’s taken me quite a while to decide what do in my career, but I’m planning on applying for trainee medical sales programmes. I’m a sociable person and I love to talk to people. I’ve also considered midwifery, graduate medicine and NHS management as careers. The good thing is you get a lot of choice when you’ve got a scientific degree, so you could do almost anything you want. 

Andrew Blincow: MSc Biodiversity and Conservation

Andrew Blincow: MSc Biodiversity and Conservation

I work in the position of Senior Ecologist for an ecological consultancy called PBA Applied Ecology, based in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales. My main responsibilities include planning and undertaking ecological surveys and report writing, project management, meetings with clients and regulators, and managing a small team of ecologists.