The Bachelor of Zoology degree was first offered by UNE in 2010. Since then, enrolment numbers have increased markedly. At the start of 2013 there were over 260 students enrolled in the BZool degree, with an additional 137 students listing the BZool as their first preference for tertiary study in combined UAC, QTAC and Callista sourced figures. In addition, there are currently over 30 students studying a Bachelor of Science degree with a Zoology major.
The Zoology Society of UNE’s main aim is to support students by arranging social and academic events for both on- and off-campus students. Off-campus students in particular have a limited window during Intensive Schools to ‘engage’. A large part of engaging is about meeting and spending time with fellow students as well as academic staff.
The official launch of the Society took place on 26 July 2012, and was attended by academic staff, post-graduate and undergraduate students. Following a few short speeches, a couple of episodes of Dr Tatiana’s Sex Advice to all Creation were screened. The Society’s next two events took place during the August 2012 Intensive School period, and included a Sir David Attenborough Appreciation Evening.
Recently, the Society hosted a barbecue luncheon that was attended by students, academics, and support staff including Julia Perryman from the Career Development Team, Ed Campbell from the Student Support Team, and Lisa Gurney from Dixson Library, amongst others. Additionally, not long ago the Society conducted a competition amongst Zoology students to design a logo. The winning entry was submitted by Ian Mathewson, who won a one-year membership to the Royal Zoological Society of NSW for his efforts.
Aside from planning social and academic events, part of my role as the inaugural President was to set up, maintain and regularly update the Society’s blog (blog.une.edu.au/zoologysociety/), Twitter account (twitter.com/ZoolSocUNE) and website (www.une.edu.au/ers/zoology-society/). While most of the social media material is written by me, other students such as Bridget Labrosse, a Zoology Honours student, have come on board as guest bloggers. I also summarise the ‘picks of the week’ of Dr Tommy Leung, UNE’s resident Parasitologist and Evolutionary Biologist. The course also has an existing Moodle forum and Facebook group.
If you’d like to get involved with the Zoology Society of UNE,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rebecca Di Donato President, Zoology Society of UNE