Dream career for IBERS Zoology graduate

Kathryn Beddie

Kathryn Beddie

26 January 2018

Abertystwyth is an amazing place to study; full of friendly faces – students and lecturers alike – it really is a home away from home!”, explains 2017 IBERS Zoology graduate Kathryn Beddie.

Prior to joining IBERS, Kathryn sat our entrance scholorship exams and was awarded the Evan Morgan Scholarship to support her studies. Alongside modules in Ethology, Wildlife Conservation and Zoo Science, Kathryn took advantage of everything Aberystwyth has to offer by attending interesting research talks and joining Aberystwyth Conservation Volunteers. Thanks to this wealth of experience, Kathryn secured a voluntary position at Manor Wildlife Park in Pembrokeshire which gave her an excellent idea for her final year resaerch project. “I chose to study the effects of enrichment on the activity levels of captive Lemurs, which I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of!”, she explains.

Kathryn’s hard work and dedication paid off; she graduated with a first class honours degree in Zoology, and was appointed full-time Zoo Keeper at Manor Wildlife Park in South Wales. She says “Aberystwyth has been the most wonderful place to study and I shall forever be pleased I chose this fabulous little town and University to study my degree in!”

IBERS Lecturer in Zoology Dr Roger Santer says “Our students have access to an array of extracurricular activities to enhance their studies and develop strong employability skills and taking full advantage of these, has certainly paid-off for Kathryn. Our upcoming Applicant Visiting Days are an excellent opportunity to see what IBERS, Aberystwyth University has to offer... it could be the first step on your journey to a dream career!