Undergraduate Summer School

The Undergraduate 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

The BES Undergraduate Summer School is a funded week long school for undergraduate students in their 1st or 2nd year’s studying a degree related to ecological science in a UK or Irish University. The programme covers practical skills in ecology, careers workshops and a wide range of ecological topics.

Summer School 2020

The Summer School took place online this year due to restrictions from COVID-19. Over the course of the week, students participated in expert-led science sessions, online interactive elements and career development workshops. There were plenty of opportunities to network with fellow undergraduates, PhD students, ecological academics and professionals. Whilst the Summer School was an intense experience, jam-packed with activities, it was extremely beneficial and lots of fun!

Summer School 2019

The 5th BES Undergraduate Summer School took place 8th – 12th July at Millport FSC Centre, Scotland. 50 undergraduate students from across the UK and Ireland took part in a jam-packed timetable of field work, careers advice and more!

Students participated in activities such as insect sampling, marine mammal and bird surveying, plant identification and camera trapping to record mammal activity. As well as ecological sessions, students had the opportunity to learn more about publishing, policy, communicating research and navigating through life at university.

From the start of the Summer School, students were encouraged to become active on Twitter – not only to document their experience with us, but also to network with fellow ecologists. They really took this advice on board – check out #BESUG19 to see all their tweets and photos from the week.

One of the students on the Summer School, Cat Baker, has written a blog all about her experience during the week. It gives a fantastically detailed account of the week – read it to find out more about what the students got up to!

To learn more, take a look at the 2019 programme.

Past Summer Schools

In 2018 we visited Malham Tarn FSC Centre, for a packed week of practical ecology sessions, careers workshops, caves, competitions, social activities, UV insects, and more. Some of the highlights from 2018 have been captured in the images below:

Credit: Kelly Lench, Writtle University College
Credit: Chris Jeffs, British Ecological Society
Credit: Amy Sweeny, University of Edinburgh
Credit: Amy Sweeny, University of Edinburgh
Credit: Amy Sweeny, University of Edinburgh
Credit: Chris Jeffs, British Ecological Society