What is your background?
I spent three years working in the pharmaceutical industry as a microbiologist and also in research and development, before re-training as a teacher. I also volunteer for the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. I also give careers talks and advice about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects to school and college students throughout the North West.
What can students expect from you as a lecturer at INTO Manchester?
I aim to provide students with exciting lessons using a range of methods to ensure everyone can participate and lots of support. We offer a fabulous practical programme in university laboratories to complement the theory lessons. Students love hands-on, messy science; like dissections. These sessions are fun and help students visualise things which we cannot easily show with diagrams and pictures. Students see the anatomical structures, such as the heart, for instance.
What are the university laboratory facilities like?
The labs are big, well designed and very well equipped. We have support from a wide range of technicians – from cell biologists to anatomists, and they use their own expertise to ensure our labs are technically challenging and exciting. Of course, the universities know what students need to study to access their degree courses; so our practical sessions are highly relevant to degrees in life and health sciences, as well as more general science degrees. Time flies by when we are working in the lab!
Why do you think a student should choose to study at INTO Manchester?
Manchester is a fantastic city – with lots of history, culture, a rich music and sport scene and plenty to keep you amused. INTO Manchester teachers are so hard working and caring; you will definitely enjoy living and studying here.
Do you have any advice for students coming to study at INTO Manchester?
Bring a positive attitude with you. A raincoat, some Wellington boots and an umbrella might also come in handy.