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Networking is you making connections with new people and their own connections, which can open up opportunities for you. Cambridge is a small place, and you may soon find that your specific field of research is also a small place too. With a few constructive conversations here and there, and some following up, you can usually find other people who you can help, or can help you with whatever your interests are. Don't underestimate the power of networking! More and more research is interdisciplinary these days, and many of the projects that get funded are interdisciplinary.

Cambridge is full of opportunities to network. Colleges are ready made networking scenes, but you should also look out for Department events, as well as the breaks in seminars, conferences, and symposia; these can often be the most productive times for you!

There are also organisations such as GRASP, and the University's Strategic Research Initiatives, which includes life science specific networks such as:

Welcome to the Graduate School of Life Sciences


We are the largest centre for research and professionial training in the Life Sciences in the UK, offering a unique experience to a community of around 2000 postgraduate students spread 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.