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Welcome to the first newsletter of the new decade. We hope this might provide some light reading as you come to grips with the ever-changing landscape of coronavirus. We had hoped to introduce you to our new administrator, Louise Balshaw, via a Q&A but she is currently busy working full-time making sure members of the Department are able to adapt to home working.

Coronavirus means that, unfortunately, we will not be able to run our annual alumni field trip this year in May, along with other events organised by the Department, including the Student Conference on Conservation Science and Earth Optimism.

In this issue, we showcase the recent research of three graduate students and a recent Part II student, illustrating the new talent that we continue to foster in the Department.

Please note also that we have been renewing and extending our Support Zoology pages on the Departmental Website, providing you with all sorts of temptations for giving to us.

Please note two alumni events for your diaries which are still in the pipeline:
  •  Zoology Alumni & Friends Day on Saturday 5 September 2020
  •  University Alumni Festival on 25–27 September 2020
We hope that you remain safe and well over the coming months.


Director of Alumni Relations, Department of Zoology
Two members of staff become Deputy Heads of the School of Biological Sciences
Dr Matthias Landgraf and Dr Tim Weil
Two members of the Department have recently been elevated to prominent positions within the School of Biological Sciences. Dr Tim Weil (right), Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology, will become the Deputy Head of School for Undergraduate Study and Dr Matthias Landgraf (left), Reader in Developmental Neurobiology, will become the Deputy Head of School for Post-Graduate Strategy. Tim and Matthias have been doing similar jobs in the Department with great success.

These are two out of three totally new Deputy Head positions. They will assist the Head of School, Professor Anna Philpott, an alumna of the Department (PhD 1988-1991), in developing a strategic vision for the School for the next 5 years and beyond. Anna was supervised by Professor Ron Laskey and she is now a leading expert in the biological basis of cancer.
Recent research
Save the dates

Saturday 5 September 2020

Zoology Alumni Day - come back to the Department for a tour of some labs, the museum and a lecture or two, perhaps arrange to meet up with some old friends.

Saturday 28 September 2020

University Alumni Festival - we will be taking part in the 30th anniversary of this weekend.

Further details of both these events will be in the next newsletter.

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