What is your current Job Title or Role?
Associate Professor of Haematology
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Talk to those already employed in the career you are interested in and gain insight to the various options that are available to get you where you want to be. Shadow those jobs to ensure that you are aware of what the job will involve on a daily basis and ask poignant questions as to career progression routes that will be available to you.
How did you get to where you are today?
BSc Hons Biochemistry (Queens University Belfast (QUB)) followed by a PhD in Ovarian Cancer at the University of Edinburgh. I then had various (3-4) post-doctoral contracted positions in Haemato-oncology research at QUB and Drug discovery in conjunction with Almac diagnostics. I then applied to the University of Plymouth for a Lecturer position in Haematology, became the Programme Lead for Healthcare Sciences and my career has further developed in Educational and Research terms to Associate Professor in Haematology.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
I manage 2 Undergraduate Programmes that are Professionally regulated, I teach Haematology, Oncology and Professionalism at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I manage 8 modules and I am tasked with devising new programmes within the School. I also conduct research into stem cell signalling pathways in Mantle Cell Lymphoma (undergraduate and postgraduate students). I am the Placement Co-ordinator for NHS placements which includes mentoring new NHS mentors and training on our pebble pad portfolios. This role involves developing and modifying training for new workforce across England and has many external leadership and management facets. Altogether, I have a very varied role which requires flexibility, adaptation and prioritisation to the key agendas.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
Cancer Research; family member died of bowel cancer when I was in my teens
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Inspiring students and training students to the best of their ability in Healthcare diagnostics and research.
What do you like to do outside work?
Go to the beach and walk the dog!