The Department is a friendly and welcoming place, with various opportunities throughout the year for people from different research groups to socialise.
Department staff organize charity events from time to time (Macmillan cake sales, Movember moustaches); if you would like to organize something please let the Departmental Administratorknow in advance.
- Tea Room
- Happy Hour
- Newcomers' Welcome Reception
- Christmas Party
- Madingley Barbecue
- Lakenheath Fen
- Zook Club
The communal Tea Room, on the Second Floor of the main Zoology building, promotes interaction within and between groups, and a range of refreshments are available to purchase, including hot and cold drinks and snacks.
Opening hours to purchase food/drinks are 10:00 - 11:15 and 14:45-16:00, and the room is otherwise available for use at all times.
Please complete an Caroline, if you would like to make use of the Tea Room Flask Service.and return it to
Happy Hour was established in 1995 on a £100 donation from the Department to encourage greater interaction across research groups, subject disciplines and all members of the Department. It still plays a part in making the Department the sociable, harmonious and interactive place it is today.
Happy Hour takes place every Friday in the Tea Room, from 5:30-20:00, and it's the best way to start your weekend and relax after a hard week's work.
In November each year the Head of Department invites new members of the Department and their partners to an early evening Welcome Reception.
All Department staff are invited as it also provides an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate individual and group achievements from the last year.
In 2013 the reception was held on 14th November. As our own Museum was closed, we were delighted to cross the road to the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, where the party commenced at 5.30pm.
Professors' Award for Outstanding Contribution
This annual award, established in 2011 in honour of retiring Professors Michael Bate, Charlie Ellington and Barry Keverne, is awarded at the Newcomers' Reception to one or more members of the Department who have gone that extra mile in their study or work during the last year.
All members of the Department are eligible to be nominated - students, teaching and research staff, and support staff.
The Department organises a Christmas Party every year, which is always very popular. Research groups take it in turns to organise it, putting their own spin on theme and decorations!
The party takes place in mid-December in the Elementary Lab from 12.30pm. Tickets are around £5, and include a raffle entry, food and drink.
Retired staff are invited to attend as guests of the Department.
- Photographs from 2013 party (Cam-only)
The famous Madingley barbecue takes place in June or July each year at the Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour. Tickets are around £4/5 each (children under 12 free) and are available from Zoology Reception and Madingley Reception once the date has been announced. The ticket price includes all food, and Happy Hour drinks are available.
In May each year all staff and students in the Department are invited to visit the RSPB Lakenheath Fen Nature Reserve, for a morning of informative bird watching and much-needed break from revision for Part II's!
- Photographs from 2014 trip (Cam-only)
Zook Club is the Department of Zoology book group. All are welcome to attend and it's a great opportunity to mingle with other members of the Department, meet new people, and discover books and authors you might not otherwise read.
Zook Club meets every third Tuesday of the month at 6.15pm in the Grads Cafe, University Centre.
Contact Alice Jago to be added to the mailing list.
Our principle aim is to provide a fun outdoors social activity that's (usually) completely non-competitive, open to all, and works on a come-when-you-want, just-turn-up policy. No skill/kit required, team sizes are undefined, and you don't even need to be from Zoology/UoC, so bring your friends! The game is very easy to play, a great place to meet incredibly nice fun-loving people from the department and beyond, and is almost always ridiculously amusing.
We meet Wednesdays or Thursdays during the spring/summer at around 6.30pm on Jesus Green (look for posts or ball throwing) where we play other like-minded teams from around Cambridge. After the game (around 7.30pm) we go to the Maypole for a bit of chat and a post-game drink.
Look on the tea room poster board for fixtures.
An interdepartmental cricket league is run each year between May and August. These friendly games are played on week-nights between 5.30-8.30 on picturesque college run grounds around Cambridge. Games take a 20/20 format, and everyone has an opportunity to bat or bowl.
We have practice net sessions during April, and people that haven't played before are encouraged to come along. Thanks to generous support from the Department of Zoology, the team has some good quality cricketing equipment.
The Zoology Zebras football team plays 11-a-side games usually on Sundays at 2.00.
We play in the MCR league against other departments and colleges and last season we got promoted to the first division where we are currently 4th. After Christmas there is a cup competition based on the European cup system (we won the UEFA cup equivalent two seasons ago).
The standard varies but is currently rather good and rising.