I find with teaching anything practical or science based the student learns best if I give them a brief summary of a subject to read or listen to before showing them how something works, then guiding them through the process themself.
This encourages my students to ask for help and allows them to think through the problem and try and solve it themself rather than having the answer given to them. Suggesting improvements to their reasoning to allow them to see the solution through their own thought process.
Originally an art student, progressing onto Geological sciences at degree level at the university of Leeds in 2008. I did not enjoy the subject and decided to work in geotechnical engineering laboratory for 7 years. Then moving onto working in a cosmetics lab for 2 years before returning to university to study medical sciences in my Biomedicine BSc.
Currently on my full time placement year working at Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, specialising in type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis. Also a member of the Society for Endocrinology and the Royal Society of Biology.
I am enjoying the experimental aspects of BSc in Biomedicine and want to pursue research on graduation. My career objective is to undertake a PhD in this area of research, and ultimately a career in biomedicine. I enjoy working within networks of people and have strong communication skills as evidenced by my leadership of the University Biomedical Society which is a highly active student-led body. I was awarded a grant for £5k this year to organize a visit of VIVIT in which 120 of my fellow students took part in an autopsy experience.
• University of Huddersfield – BSc Biomedicine (Sept 2017 June 2021) Year 1 Modules: Physiology 1 (79%) Microbiology (77%) Medical Pharmacology (75%) Research Skills 1 (71%) Molecular and Cellular Biology (70%) Biochemistry (64%). Year 2 modules: Molecular Pharmacology (81%) Infectious Diseases (79%) Molecular Biology (77%) Research Skills 2 (76%) Physiology 2 (71%) Cell Biology (69%)
• Highfields Art College - Huddersfield Sept 2007 to 2008
BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Merit)
• A-Level - Greenhead College - Huddersfield 2005 to 2007
Geological Sciences (A) Human Biology (B) Art and Design (B) AS Level - ICT (C)
• GCSE - Colne Valley High School - Huddersfield 2001 to 2005
Dual Sciences (AA) Resistant Materials (A) Art and Design (A) Music (A) Mathematics (B) Religious Education (B) English (C) English Literature (C) German (C)
Work Experience & Relevant Voluntary Experience
President – University of Huddersfield Bioscience Society, March 2018 - Present
• In March 2018, I was asked to become the president of the academic society ‘Huddersfield University Bioscience Society’ with over 300 members to support and coordinate. Leading a committee with 9 members and organising events and social activities. My work organising the autopsies has earned the respect and gratitude of senior academic staff, they have indicated that this event will be repeated in the future as an integral part of biological degree courses and told this will be my legacy as president of the society. The Autopsy won the Event of the year award at the SU Awards 2019. Additionally, recently nominated for academic society of the year, also society president of the year for the NUS awards.
Inspiring Future Leader – Huddersfield Students Union, Sept 2018 to July 2019
• Project leader of the ‘Greener Campus’ initiative in the SU. Educating students and staff through fundraising, public speaking and organising classes taught by volunteers from the university’s lecturers and managers. I currently have the highest student engagement record of all 10 projects running in the student’s union. I am now continuing this as a student society and am the society President with a 4-member committee.
Laboratory technician - Orean Personal Care, May - September 2017 and again June - September 2018.
• Working in the R&D laboratory, creating/designing cosmetic formulation samples, such as skincare and haircare products. Designing/creating lab scripts for new formulations. Managing laboratory supplies, supervising placement students, liaising with clients and representing the company in client and supplier meetings.
Laboratory Technician - Geospec Ltd, July 2010 to April 2017
• Durability and performance testing geosynthetic construction materials and writing up test reports. Using Wintest and Microsoft Excel. Updating test procedures to increase productivity. Organising equipment and specimen archiving. Organising laboratory supplies. Training staff; IT skills, test procedures and standards.
Part Time Carer/Support worker, Aden Mount Care Home, July 2009 – July 2011
• I worked as a support worker with clients suffering with several different illnesses; stroke victims, dementia patients, palliative care and young adults with mobility and learning difficulties. Duties included; Monitoring medical conditions, aiding clients with daily tasks such as washing, dressing, eating and drinking and general mobility. Reporting on assessments. Providing information and support to the families of those in care and maintaining medical records.
• Participating in training to further my knowledge in safeguarding, food hygiene, confidentiality, end of life care, rehabilitation and ‘Equalities Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI). Most importantly, also providing companionship, being patient, empathetic and organised.
Co-Manager Caffe Latino - Huddersfield July 2008 to July 2010
• Responsibilities; preparing food, cashing up, planning staff rotas, making payments and withdrawals for the company. Supervising and training staff, stock management, liaising with other stores and training in food hygiene. Team Leader EMA catering Galpharm Stadium Complex - Huddersfield August 2007 to August 2008 -Responsible for the running of Kiosks selling alcoholic and soft drinks as well as hot food. Also working as a kitchen assistant and cook in various restaurants in Huddersfield between 2004 and 2007.
• Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology: SDS PAGE, gel filtrations, chromatography, spectroscopy, PCR, fractioning tissues into constituent organelles using centrifuging. Lowry assays and spectrophotometric enzyme assays. Cell culturing and testing drug efficacy with 96-well plate assays. COSHH forms and SDS management.
• Microbiology: Aseptic technique, bacterial streaking/spreading, isolating pure cultures, preparing serial dilutions, microscopy, gram staining effectively, identify micro-organisms and microbial enumeration.
• Physiology: Following lab scripts, test standards and producing test reports. Used laboratory software such as LabChart, Powerlab data acquisition system to record pulse, record and interpret electromyogram signals (EMG) and evoke EMG signals to calculate NCV. Record and interpret phonocardiography using stethoscope and cardiac microphone. Measure blood pressure using traditional auscultation and automatic blood pressure meter.
• As President of the Huddersfield University Bioscience Society (HUBS), I organised several events: The 2019 VIVIT Autopsy at the University of Huddersfield, hopefully the first of several. I lobbied for and attained £5000 of funding from the dean of applied sciences, requiring planning over eight months, co-ordinating between senior academic staff and the student officers at the student’s union. I organised a trip to Manchester Museum of Science and Industry in September 2018, for which I successfully obtained £3000 of funding to cover expenses. I organised a careers fair held every year at the university and hosted guest speakers for lectures hosted by HUBS. All this work has been done in a voluntary role whilst studying for my degree.
• As project leader in the ‘Greener Campus’ initiative at Huddersfield Students Union, I have built a team of volunteers from student societies to organise a fundraiser for Plastic Oceans. By networking I have gained the support of Sir David Attenborough who has written a letter personally commending the project.
Hobbies and Interest
I am also a keen nature photographer with a large online following and I still have a passion for food and cooking despite not working in kitchens for 9 years. I took an evening class in philosophy, eager to learn about how people behave, think, work, and ways in which I can help shape a better future for myself and others around me.
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