Alumnus appointed prestigious position at international university
Simon Geir Møller, Ph.D., an alumnus of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, has been appointed as University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of St John’s University in New York. Dr. Møller returned to Leeds from 1995-1998 to complete his PhD under the supervision of Professor M J McPherson BSc, Ph.D and then worked in New York with Professor Nam-Hai Chua at the Rockefeller Institute. He was appointed to an academic post at the University of Leicester in 2001, then in 2006 moved to his home country of Norway to the become Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Stavanger. In 2011 he moved to St John’s University, New York and changed from working on plants to neurobiology where he maintains an active research group but he has also moved up through senior management roles culminating in his appointment on 1 July 2019 as Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs.
Alumni return to pass on their knowledge to current students
Twelve Faculty of Biological Sciences graduates and one member of our Industrial Advisory Board returned to the Faculty of Biological Sciences this semester to talk to the students about their current roles and how to apply for similar roles.
The graduates spent two hours with the students: one hour introducing themselves and answering general questions in a lecture theatre and the second hour chatting to interested students, informally, over lunch.
The roles of the graduates included PhD student, clinical trials specialist, ecologist, student dentist, agricultural development, computational biologist, science communicators, online retail project manager, HR and Commercial Management, assurance and occupational therapy.
We would like to run a similar event every year. If you’d like to come along and pass your knowledge on, please contact us via the ‘Get Involved’ section.
Social event for alumni
We are planning an alumni social event to run alongside the postgraduate symposium in May 2019.
Mentoring network event
For those of you who have signed up for the mentoring scheme we’ll be having a mentor/mentee networking event in October 2018.