Growing up in the Lake District with horses, dogs, and even a couple of orphan lambs from time to time, it perhaps wasn’t a surprise that I fell in love with Biology. When I was at school, I found it fascinating that we knew so much, but relatively so little, about the world in which we live. Taking the subject at university seemed like a ‘no brainer’ and before I knew it I had graduated with a degree in Zoology.
Only half of UK graduates end up working in a job that relates to their degree and as research wasn’t for me, I was acutely aware that I might have to give up my much loved Biology and do something else. However, whilst studying I also developed a passion for writing, and thankfully it seemed I was quite good at it too! Starting up a blog it became clear to me that I loved putting pen to paper as much as the science I was writing about.
It seemed that I was destined to work in science communication, and after some research I stumbled across PR, which sounded like the perfect balance between writing and learning about the latest scientific discoveries. When I found there was such a thing as agencies that specialised in science, I knew what I wanted from my career.
Three years on, I find myself at KISS, and a member of the Association of British Science Writers. We specialise in science and technology (another of my guilty pleasures). I’m out of the lab, but still in a job that allows me to meet the people on the ground, doing the cutting-edge research that makes this country’s R&D famous.