Life after Lincoln’s Animal Behaviour Welfare course

From hand-raising cheetah cubs to caring for grown lions, Animal Behaviour and Welfare alumni Thomas Trew takes his University of Lincoln degree all the way to Africa.

atheno walk

Read his story here:

“I went straight to Namibia where I volunteered for a month at Harnas Wildlife Foundation. I cared for and rehabilitated injured and orphaned animals. It was a very hands on approach where I was able to interact with and have some incredible, very personal experiences with many different species of African wildlife.

Missy Jo

“From hand-raising cheetah cubs that were orphaned after a farmer shot their mother (being a few days old they were far too young to fend for themselves and would have died in the wild) and sharing a bed with baby Chacma baboons which cling on close to you at night as they fear the dark (or more accurately the vulnerability of being in the dark); to caring for fully grown cheetahs, leopards and lions.

“I also helped with radio tracking successfully reintroduced cheetahs in the wild, to keep updated on their health and welfare. There were a great many things I did whilst there, and I came back with a lot of stories and a wealth of memories and experiences that will stay with me for life.

baby cheetah ELVISSSSSS

“I was hoping to go back out to Namibia to work at Harnas as a co-ordinator for volunteers, however due to a change in management my plans fell through and I wasn’t given the position. However I stayed determined to return to Africa, just with a different goal.

“I decided that whilst I loved the hands-on experience of wildlife conservation, the effects of my work were limited to the animals in my immediate vicinity; if I wanted to make a bigger difference, I had to work on a bigger scale. So I’ve decided to go down the path of Conservation scientific research.

Thomas' colleague Monique and cheetah, Max
Thomas’ colleague Monique and cheetah, Max

Thomas has been successful in a job search and will be heading back out to Africa as a Project Manager and Research Assistant in the Guassa mountains of Ethiopia.

He will be conducting behavioural and ecological research on Gelada baboons in a year-long project.

“During my time in Ethiopia I will be camping in the mountains the Gelada baboons inhabit at around 3600m above sea level. The research I am conducting is part of an ongoing project that is run by Dr. Peter J. Fashing and Dr. Nga Nguyen, both professors at California state University, Fullerton.

Five paid-for Studentships in Life Sciences on offer! Apply now


We’re offering a variety of PhD projects across biological sciences including: Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Evolution and Ecology, Microbiology, Forensic Anthropology, Biology and Zoology.

Of the ten advertised projects, five applicants, on five projects will be selected for funding, contingent upon the strength of the applicants.

Our Studentships are open to UK, EU and Overseas Students, Tuition Fees are included. Students will get a Stipend/Living allowance of £14,296 per annum. You will start 1st October 2016 and the Studentship will last 36 months.

Applications close 1st April – Apply now to not miss out!


Take a look at the projects on offer below.

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1. Linking phenotypes with genotypes for canine chemosensory perception


Dr Malgorzata Pilot


2. Next generation analyses using next-generation DNA sequencing: testing theory for the population genomics of microbes

Contact Dr Matthew Goddard



3.  Protein conformational switches

Contact Dr Enrico Ferrari


4. Evaluating resistance mechanisms of the newly discovered antibacterial Texiobactin

Contact Dr Edward Taylor


5. Cell-to-cell communication in the diabetic kidney – keeping the art of conversation alive

Contact Dr Claire Hills


6. Characterisation of T-cells infiltrating the Type 1 diabetic islet

Contact Dr Michael Christie


7. Using virtual reality to investigate ‘protean’ anti-predator behaviour

Contact Dr Tom Pike


8. Identifying genome-wide transcriptional determinants of Alzheimer’s disease progression

Contact Dr Humberto Gutierrez


9.  State-dependent ageing and senescence across multiple traits

Contact Dr Carl Soulsbury


10.  Genetic basis of Morbillivirus resistance in Mediterranean striped dolphins: a 20 year time series immunogenomic and toxicology analysis, with emphasis on the effect of anthropogenic pollutants

Contact Dr Andre Moura



Candidates must have a good honours degree, or a relevant Masters degree or equivalent. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) will be required, where appropriate.

To apply:

We strongly encourage potential applicants to contact the named main supervisor for each of these to discuss the details of the project and suitability for application before submitting formal expression of interest.

Formal expressions of interest can be made by emailing your CV and a covering letter to the listed supervisor for that project. Please quote Reference: CS2016LS on all correspondence.


Inspiring look into life after University of Lincoln

We held a School of Life Sciences ‘Meet the Graduates’ event at the University of Lincoln to give our students an insight into what post-university life is really like.

From going onto a Masters, a Masters-in research, a PhD or starting up your own business, this MtG event left everyone feeling motivated and inspired.


•  MPhil/PhD student Joseph Brown

•  Masters by Research student Benedict Chivers

•  MSc Biotechnology student Deborah Hart

•  PhD student Karen Hornigold

•  Sandra Murphy owns her own business, Equidiet



Be your own boss

IMG_1358Sandra Murphy had a great idea for a product in the beginning of her career, took the idea to Dragon’s Den and was unsuccessful and ‘lost everything’. But what she did come out with, was learning experience. She knew she needed to go back to school, so she did.

Sandra says: “Life is like a river, why paddle up stream and make it harder for yourself when you can go down stream and fgo with the flow.”

She learned her trade, got the credibility with her degree, made sure it was her passion and loves what she does.

Sandra now owns her own company Equidiet and is selling her product, EquidGel. A must-have in any horses diet.

“I learned by falling over and getting back up again. It’s all about trial and error. Be confident in yourself and what you want to do, you are the one who can bring yourself out, and you have to be bold.

“Things come to you if you go down the route you’re supposed too.

“If you’re passionate about what you do, it gives you the energy. It is hard, you have to work hard in the beginning. You need to stand out, ask questions, write things down and do the research. You can’t sit back and wait for it all to come to you.”

Looking at a PhD?


Joseph found out that research plans and ideas can fall through. But he is now looking at chicken environments, it has been taken up by a paid-for scheme and he has travelled all over the world for conferences. He is now working in collaboration with London Imperial College.




IMG_5948Get as much experience you can

Ben is working with an academic on his Masters by research and through his established work in the lab and experience he gained during his time as a student, he was chosen to work on key projects within the School of Life Sciences.

It’s not too late

Deborah didn’t have an easy student experience when she broke her jaw as an undergraduate and had a lot of time out of university. She applied herself in other ways, making up the time by volunteering in university projects and she says it is the best thing that could have happened. Two days after graduating, she was teaching A-Level Chemistry due to her involvement in demonstrations throughout the year.



If you can, you will

Karen Hornigold took on conservation projects when she left university, which then lead to a staff position in Honduras. She did a research Masters and took on a European Volunteer Service 12-months scheme on a Bear and Wolf Project. Karen was able to go back there as a staff member to work on other projects and has completed a PhD, been to world-wide conferences and released work in publications and also helps in demonstrator teaching.


With the introduction of Postgraduate Loans for 2016/17, a Postgraduate degree is more attainable than ever. Find out how you can study your Masters or Masters by Research at the University of Lincoln.