Favourite thing to do in my job: Convert students to the love of biology
I'm a nurse / biomedical scientist / health service researcher
I currently live in Inverness with my grown-up son, his girlfriend, three tiny long-hair Chihuahuas, and two huge, hairy cats. I have lived and worked across Scotland, in England, and in New Zealand, which I love. I cycle wherever I can, partly because I’m too lazy to go to the gym (but mainly because I love cycling). Others would probably describe me as a bit bossy, but also kind and supportive. Despite my best intentions, I have failed as a vegetarian, and now just try to avoid meat (but I love fish). My greatest weakness is for sweet things – I love cake and chocolate, and eat something sweet every day! I love pretty much all science, but especially anything with a biology basis.
Lecturer in Nursing / Head of Undergraduate Nursing
My Typical Day
Emails, teaching human anatomy and physiology, meetings, and a little PhD work if I'm lucky
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Funny, smart, determined
What's the best thing you've ever done in your career?
Sat with a patient who was dying when they had no family to be with them
What or who inspired you to follow this career?
Jacque Cousteau, David Attenborough, Mary Seacole, all my science teachers at school
What was your favourite subject at school?
Biology (but I also loved chemistry and maths)
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Something that involved caring for animals
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Anything Japanese or Korean
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Body rafted in freezing cold river rapids in Canada
Tell us a joke.
Why did the mushroom always get invited to parties? Because he was a fungi! (thanks to my eldest niece for that one)