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Department of Zoology


Andrew Balmer, who will be starting his MPhil with Professor Paul Brakefield in April, has won a bursary to help fund his studies.

Andrew won a £1000 bursary from with his particularly amusing and original video of stop-motion animation. The judges felt that his entry must have taken a long time (and a lot of hard work) to put together, and the end result was as lively and fun as it was creative.

Originally from Newcastle, Andrew has always loved studying science and in particular Biology. He chose the Zoology course because he is really excited to get involved in a career in Zoological research and Cambridge seemed the perfect place to do it. He hopes to do a PhD in the same field after graduating from Cambridge and the MPhil is the perfect foundation for a career in research. He applied for the PGS bursary because he was having a great deal of trouble finding funding to pay for the course.

The Postgraduate Search Bursary was set up last year and consists of 10 bursaries each awarded in different subject categories and each worth £1000. They are funded by, a website for students offering up-to-date information on postgraduate courses in the UK, as well as application and careers advice. It also has a video channel of interviews with students, academic staff and award winners. The interview with Andrew can be viewed here.