What is your current Job Title or Role?
Science Lecturer and Programme Lead of PGCE Primary Teaching
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Follow your dreams, you will get many people saying that you can't, or it will be too difficult. My advice is to ignore them completely! Work hard, stay determined and jump at the opportunities that arise. Remember that you are good enough and that you can do this! Then when you have achieved your dreams make sure that you invest time in inspiring and supporting other women in STEM.
How did you get to where you are today?
Originally, I did a Medical Science Degree (Cellular and Molecular Biology) at Birmingham University, I then went on to work in Neurophysiology. I really enjoy inspiring others, so I decided to complete my PGCE in Secondary Science at Bristol University and went into teaching Science. After a number of years, I got the job as Head of Science at a secondary school in Bristol and completed my Masters in Education part-time at Bristol University. I then applied for a job at the University of Plymouth lecturing in Science and teaching students who are learning to become teachers. I have been lucky enough to have been supported to do my PhD part-time by the University of Plymouth, so I hope to be Dr Davis within the next few months – fingers crossed!
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
I love my job for many reasons, but one of the main reasons has to be the variety! Some days I am in the lab or lecture theatre lecturing in Science, other days I will be out in schools teaching Science with my students. I also carry out research in various schools and can often be found teaching children about how awesome Science is! My work takes me all over the country and actually the world, a couple of weeks ago I was teaching in a woodland in Belgium and presenting at a conference.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
My brother did a Chemistry degree, so this made me realise that University was an option for me. However, I think what really motivated me was my love for Science and the number of people who suggested that I do something else and not Science!
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy learning something new every day, it's not possible to know absolutely everything about Science as a whole - which amazes me every day! I love working with my students, building their confidence in teaching Science and of course inspiring others to follow their own dreams!
What do you like to do outside work?
I love spending time with my young family, I have a 4.5 month old baby, a 4 year old and a 6 year old - we spend a lot of time outdoors in the natural environment, exploring and having fun! I have just started yoga, I love to run and of course I LOVE shopping!