About the Zoological Society

History of the Society: 

Glasgow University Zoological Society was founded in 1926 at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. The society appears to have replaced a previous Zoological Society, taking over it funds and assets. In 1926, the object of the society was to “promote interest in Zoology by discussions, papers on Zoology, and excursions to places of zoological interest.” 

Office bearers were elected at the annual general meeting and included an Honorary President who was usually a professor of the department of Zoology, a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and four ordinary members, two of which were to be first year students. 

By 1963, the object of the society was still the same but membership was opened up to graduates of the university and staff members. An agricultural representative was also added to the committee and the four ordinary members were replaced by ordinary members from each academic year. 

Modern days: 

Nowadays, ZooSoc is here to cater for all of your Zoological wants and needs. Every Thursday we hold a talk for around an hour hosted by a new guest speaker every week. Talks cover a broad spectrum of Zoology, Marine and Freshwater Biology, conservation, environmental issues, and so many more topics! We host speakers from all over the UK and abroad. We’ve got talks lined up from the Wildlife Aid Foundation, Saving Wildcats, Sea Shepherd, RZSS, and more. You can also expect to see a couple of familiar faces from the past few years (with new and exciting topics, of course).

In addition to talks, we also have many socials including pub quizzes/crawls, picnics in the park, a new coffee and a walk programme, study groups, charity events, and more! To learn more about what we have in store see our Upcoming Events or our Facebook Page.

And if this wasn’t enough to convince you to sign up, with membership to our society you will also get access to Glasgow natural history society talks and talks from a wildlife veterinary society.

You can sign up through our SRC page: https://www.glasgowunisrc.org/organisation/zoologicalsociety/

Membership options are as follows:

  • Standard Membership (for UofG students)
  • Associate Membership (for non-UofG students, i.e. students of other universities, staff and members of the public)
  • Joint Membership with Exploration Society (don’t forget to sign up on the Exploration Society page as well)

PLEASE NOTE: You don’t need to be a Zoologist to join- all are welcome

We look forward to seeing your beautiful faces…