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GRASP needs a logo!

GRASP needs your help!

For the past few years, in fact since GRASP was founded, we have been using a borrowed logo. To bring an end to this dire experience we are seeking talented (or just aspiring) designers to bring GRASP into the 21st century!  Of course you will not just be rewarded with eternal glory and fame for your design, the winner (as selected by our esteemed committee from your anonymised submission) will also reward you with a £50 apple voucher

If you need some inspiration or are unsure what GRASP stands for then do check our website and the website for life sciences (of which GRASP is a part).

Designs (preferably in pdf, svg or illustrator high-def format) can be sent to

Looking forward to seeing your responses!

GRASP Mentoring Pilot

GRASP intends to pilot a mentoring scheme between post-docs and PhD students.

At our previous events we learned that over half of the graduate students have a postdoc acting as an unofficial mentor.

For the grad student the benefits of having a mentor include having advice from someone nearer to their own stage of career. For the postdoc, it is important to support the future generation and gain useful experience of being a mentor.

Our ultimate goal is: if the scheme is successful (assessed by feedback from the participants) it can be taken up by the University and run on a more permanent basis to improve the experiences of postdocs and grad students at Cambridge.

The GRASP Mentoring scheme is intended to trial run 10 pairs of Postdoc and Grad Students from Easter Term 2015/6 until Michaelmas Term 2016/7.

Please see the attached flyer for more info and the link below to link to sign up!

The Great GRASP College Survey

As the Graduate Student and Post-Doc Forum for Life Sciences (GRASP), we are interested to find out how the choice of college contributes to your experience as a graduate student. Of course we are also interested to find out the differences between colleges and where there might be room for improvement.

As such we would like to ask all students in the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) to take 5 minutes to fill out the questionnaire below. Your efforts will certainly not be in vain as we will relay any feedback to the University as well as discuss initiatives that we can help out with to improve graduate life in Cambridge. 

If that is not enough incentive: there will also be a prize draw for a Kindle Fire HD and a £50 Apple voucher among those who fill out the survey!

So go to now



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Welcome to the Graduate School of Life Sciences

We are the largest centre for research and professional training in the Life Sciences in the UK, offering a very special experience to a community of around 2000 graduate students across departments within the School of the Biological Sciences, School of Clinical Medicine and eleven University Partner Institutes in the Cambridge area.

Every year some of the world's brightest and most determined students are attracted by the opportunity to carry out research projects with renowned scientists in a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment at one of the world's most respected research-led universities.

The School co-ordinates funding opportunities within the Life Sciences for their postgraduate education, as well as ensuring students receive the highest quality supervision and training.