Undergraduate Summer School

The BES Summer School is aimed at undergraduates who are either in their 1st or 2nd year at a UK or Irish University and is a chance to spend a full week immersed in ecology

Summer School 2018

Applications are now open for the 4th BES Summer School, taking place 16th – 20th July 2018! This year we will be going back to Malham Tarn, Yorkshire and have an exciting schedule in development.

Applications are being accepted from undergraduates in their 1st or 2nd year at a UK or Irish University. We aim to support and encourage talented undergraduates to pursue further academic study and careers in ecological sciences. We are looking for 50 students who will receive a funded place on a week long residential trip that includes workshops, field skills, 1:1 careers support and mentoring, along with opportunities to develop research ideas and engage with the wider research community. To get a more detailed idea of what in involved in the Summer see below for updates from the 2017 Summer School.

To apply please complete the following application form and return to Amy Padfield no later than the 19th March: Student application form 2018. Please note that the deadline was extended to take into account the ongoing UCU strike action. If you are not able to get a reference in time, please do apply and make a note of this. A reference will still be required before a confirmation of a place on the summer school can be provided.

Summer School 2017

The 3rd BES Summer School took place on 17th-21st July 2017.  Dale Fort Field Studies Centre, Pembrokeshire

We took 49 students from 37 universities away for a full, we mean very full, week of ecological science, careers and field experiences.

Joining us were 10 A-level students from In2Science, many of whom had never experienced fieldwork before.

And 6 PhD mentors helped out with teaching, support and organisaton


The 2017 Summer School in images

Our students perspectives:

The variety of the whole week was the highlight for me. Excellent lecturers were invited who radiated enthusiasm, and the mentors and BES Staff were just amazing. It could be 6am or 11pm, they were so lovely with all of us 24/7. Everything was covered, CV, research, careers, statistics. The policy session was incredibly useful as on my programme we never touched it and finally I understand the way it works and how I might even be able to influence it in the future. It was all about absorbing everything for me, everyone gave us useful hints, tips and insights. The mammal ecology and bat ecology were just superb, I never studied entomology before and I loved how even complex gadgets were introduced to us and the CIEEM sessions were full of great practical examples. The fellow students were a great surprise for me too, as I don’t often bump into folks at uni who I could have a great scientific discussion with, and I made many friends here – and finally fully understood the importance and usefulness of Twitter.

Undergraduates Megan Dalton and Eddie Font Friede provide their feedback

In2Science students Emma McIntyre and Mina Sturr discuss their experience

In 2018 we will be running two different summer schools!  A dedicated A-level Summer School will run 9-13th July at Margam park in Wales and 16-20th July in at Malham tarn.