Lecturer, Biomedical Science, De Montfort University
Don't underestimate yourselves!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I teach theoretical and practical Biomedical Science to University students, provide teaching resources for other HE educators, support and mentor personal tutees, keep involved with research, run outreach and engagement initiatives, and use science art to communicate and break down barriers in STEM.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I always wanted to do something new, which led me to research, but I wanted to share it and improve equality through communication and education, which led me to teaching.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
I think a lot of young women grow up feeling 1/10th as capable as they actually are. I wish I'd realised that sooner!
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love the collaborations, working with amazing people to bring about something new and better every day. Watching the next generation of scientists come up behind us and seeing how much stronger and more diverse they are, both as people and in their ideas.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Don't underestimate yourselves! You might not as young people fit neatly into what you think of as the stereotypical academic/scientist box, but that unique set of characteristics is what will make you invaluable.
INSPO / FUN FACT
"Every time someone steps up and says who they are, the world becomes a better, more interesting place." - Raymond Holt