Spotlight on STEM
Spotlight on STEMJul 10, 2020
Full Interview-Yvonne Reinwald, Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering
Yvonne is a lecturer in biomedical engineering at Nottingham Trent University, where she is responsible for the delivery of course content on several of the degree courses on offer at the university, alongside mentoring and supervising PhD and final year students and carrying out scientific research at the university laboratories. In this podcast she talks about her career journey, why she went in to academia and explains the importance of chemistry in the work she does.
Full Interview-Leonie Briggs, Teacher of Science
Leonie is a teacher of science at Darton Academy in Barnsley, where she teaches theoretical and practical KS3 and KS4 science, covering biology, physics and chemistry. In this podcast she talks about her current role, her previous experience in the veterinary profession and explains how she takes her experiences from her previous roles when teaching chemistry to students.
Full Interview-Colin Benison, Environmental Advisor and Chemist
Colin is a environmental advisor at AstraZeneca where he is involved in reviewing the environmental impacts of medicines manufacturing processes. In this podcast he talks about his career journey as a chemist, the skills needed to work in this field and explains the importance of chemistry taught at school within the workplace.
Full Interview-Joanna Buckley, Royal Society Chemistry Education Coordinator
Chemistry in the workplace
In today’s episode we speak to several different role models in a variety of careers linked to chemistry and find out how they use and apply chemistry in their job roles. If after listening you want to find out more about the volunteers and their careers, the full interviews will be released over the next week.
To find out more about careers in chemistry visit:
Royal Society of Chemistry: https://edu.rsc.org/future-in-chemistry
BBC bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zktg382/jobs-that-use-chemistry/1
Full Interview-Jennifer Hall, Sustainable Chemistry Research Scientist (PhD student)
Jennifer is a PhD student at The University of Nottingham, where she is currently working on a group project looking at the use of AI to design more sustainable catalysts. In this podcast she talks about the project she is involved in, where she sees her own PhD research going and explains how her background in biology is applicable to the research she is involved in today.
Full Interview-George McConnell, Biomedical Research Scientist (PhD student)
George is a PhD student at the University of Leicester, where he is researching genetic variants associated with heart disease in order to better understand the disease. In this podcast he talks about his PhD, the research he carries out in the laboratory and explains the importance of basic biology principles he learnt at school in his current research.
Full Interview-Amy Clarkson, Trainee Genetic Counsellor
Amy is a trainee genetic counsellor with the NHS, where she works with patients to help them to make informed choices about their healthcare using genetic information. In this podcast she talks about the training programme, her motivation & reasons for wanting to become a genetic counsellor and explains how some of the biology she learnt at school is still relevant in her current role.
Biology in the workplace
In today’s episode we speak to three different role models with one thing in common; biology, and we find out how they use and apply biology in their job roles and studies. If after listening you want to find out more about the volunteers and their careers, the full interviews will be released over the next week.
To find out more about Biology and the career opportunities available visit:
Royal Society of Biology: https://www.rsb.org.uk/careers-and-cpd/careers/career-resources/resources-for-students and https://www.rsb.org.uk/images/pdf/Student_Biology_Careers_Resource_Guide.pdf
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z4x3y9q/jobs-that-use-biology/1
Full Interview-Hannah Lawrence, Electronic Engineer
Hannah is an electronic engineering graduate on the Edison Engineering Development Programme graduate scheme, and is currently on her third rotation at GE Aviation Systems, where she is involved in working on software development with the cyber security team. In this podcast she talks about her three rotations on the programme, why she went into engineering and her passion for inspiring the next generation of engineers.
Full Interview-Harry Dodge, Development Engineer
Harry is a development engineer at Far Composites, where he is involved in developing and designing new ways to manufacture products using composite materials to make vehicles lighter, more cost effective and efficient. In this podcast he talks about his current role, some of the projects he has been involved in and explains how he became interested in engineering.
Full Interview-Anna McGrogan, Digital Marketer Programme Lead
Anna is a digital marketer programme lead at GBS Apprenticeships, where she is responsible for the content of the course, delivering training sessions and providing one to one coaching support for apprentices on the course. In this podcast she talks about her previous career in digital marketing, her current role and the importance of technology in the world of digital marketing.
Full Interview-Neil Yewman, International Sales Manager
Neil is an international sales manager at Cogsdill, where is responsible for selling specialist cutting and metal forming tools to many different engineering sectors. In this podcast he talks about his career journey, his background in mechanical engineering and the importance of design and technology in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.
Full Interview-Nicola Hodson, Standards Advisor
Nicola is a standards advisor at the construction management company Wates, where she is involved in visiting constructions sites and assessing the quality of buildings being built and providing systems and technology support and training to the on-site teams. In this podcast she talks about her career journey, the opportunities available in the construction industry and explains the importance of the design & technology skills she learnt at school in her current and previous roles.
Full Interview-Chris Powell, Research Director
Chris is a research director at CODA Labs, where he is involved in cyber security research to check the security of devices, looking for exploitable flaws that could be targeted by malicious hackers, and developing new tools and techniques for cyber security research to help companies remain secure. In this podcast he talks about his career journey, the importance of programming in his role and offers some great advice for running your own business. To find out more about CODA Labs visit: https://www.codalabs.uk/
Full Interview-Emma Cooke, Applications Engineer
Emma is an applications engineer at Fairfield Control System, who specialise in the design and installation of industrial control systems. In this podcast she talks about her career journey, her role as an apprentice ambassador and explains how she uses design & technology when working with customers to help engineer solutions that meet their control system requirements.
Design & Technology in the workplace
In today’s episode we speak to several different role models in a variety of careers and find out how they design, use and apply and technology in their job roles. If after listening you want to find out more about the volunteers and their careers, the full interviews will be released over the next week.
To find out more about careers that involve design and technology and how it is used in the world of work visit:
BBC bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zn7h8xs/jobs-that-use-design-and-technology/1 or https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zhj692p/jobs-that-use-computing-and-ict/1)
Tomorrows Engineer: https://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/)
Go Construct: https://www.goconstruct.org/construction-careers/
Full Interview-Darcy Belton, Aerodynamicist
Darcy is an aerodynamicist at Rolls-Royce, where she looks after aircraft engine compressors, checking new design proposals from an aerodynamic point of view and helping to implement improvements to make engines more efficient. In this podcast she talks about her current role, the importance of team working and explains how some of the fundamental physics principles she learnt at school are still applicable in her current role.
Full Interview-Patrick Herbert, Nuclear Engineer
Full Interview-Christabel Goode, Environmental Acoustic Consultant
Christabel is an environmental acoustic consultant at AECOM, where she is involved in measuring and predicting noise and vibration and advising clients on mitigation methods for noise and vibration for a variety of outdoor projects. In this podcast she talks about her current role, how she found out about the role and explains how some of the physics principles she learnt at school are important in her role.
Physics in the workplace
In today’s episode we speak to three different role models with very different jobs, but with one thing in common; physics, and we find out how they use and apply physics in their job roles. If after listening you want to find out more about the volunteers and their careers, the full interviews will be released over the next week.
To find out more about physics and the career directions studying physics can lead to visit:
Or if you just want to find out more about physics and it’s application in the real world visit:
Full Interview-Iain Meyrick, Project Manager
Iain runs his own business Sherwood Project Management, where he delivers operational and project management support and promotes project management as a life skill. In this podcast, he talks about his career journey and how he draws upon twenty years of operational field management experience.
Full Interview-Peter Lewis, Repair Technical Coordinator
Peter is a repair technical coordinator at Rolls-Royce, where he is involved in the repair and inspection of aircraft engines, coming up with new ways to fix new problems that may arise with new engine designs. In this podcast, he talks about his career journey and the skills needed to work as an engineer at Rolls-Royce.
Full Interview-Harriet Parkin, Lighting Technician
Harriet is a lighting technician at Applelec, where she works in both in the field of manufacturing and also in the research side for new ideas. In this podcast, she talks about her career journey and what inspired her to change careers and move in to the field of electrical engineering.
Full Interview-Chris Meakin, Field Service Engineer
Chris is a field service engineer at the Met Office, where he is involved in repairing and maintaining weather stations, weather radar, and other meteorological systems all over the country, and overseas. In this podcast he talks about his career journey and explains how his interest in electronics as a teenager led him to his current role at the Met Office.
Full Interview-Rosina Simmons, Mechanical Engineer
Rosina is a mechanical Engineer at Atkins, where she fixes problems associated with energy generation, notably nuclear power and offshore wind turbines. In this podcast, she talks about her career journey, how she uses maths in her role and explains how computer modelling is used to look at and fix problems.
Full Interview-Steven Guard, CEO
Steven is CEO at Guard Business Solutions Ltd, an apprenticeship training provider specialising in Digital, IT and Leadership and Management In this podcast he talks about his career journey, provides some top tips and explains the skills needed to run your own business.
Full Interview-Claire Spencer, Risk and Investment Manager
Claire is a risk and investment manager at Northern Gas Networks, where her team look to estimate when the pipes, equipment and kit that supplies gas to homes of their customers will need replacing before they fail. In this podcast, she talks about her career journey, explains how maths is used in the workplace and talks about the future of gas.
Full Interview-Stephen Platten, Trials support engineer
Stephen is a trials support engineer at QinetiQ, where he provides support to software trials for aircraft, ensuring that any software is fit for purpose. In this podcast, he talks to us about his career journey and the importance of software testing.