I live with my partner and our cat 🐱 in Berkshire. I work as an analytical scientist 👩🏼🔬 and in my spare time, I like to play games 🎮 and spend time with friends and family (and my cat, of course! 😁)
I live with my partner of 5 years in Berkshire with our cat 🐱 who is 1.5 years old. Some people consider me a crazy cat lady and my cat gets treated like a princess! 👑 I spend my days working as an analytical scientist 👩🏼🔬 and much of my spare time is used to take a break! Me and my partner enjoy playing games 🎮 and we sometimes play games online with our friends. My family and most of my friends live far away so I enjoy visiting them or having them visit me 🚗. I also like spending time outside, as long as the weather isn’t too hot ☀️ or too rainy ☔️.
I work as an analytical scientist for Johnson Matthey, specifically looking at battery materials for electric vehicles. I have worked at Johnson Matthey for 3 years now, previously doing research to find new materials that would work well in batteries. Now I carry out analytical tests to look at new materials that other people in my team are researching. I use the analytical tests to check different properties of the materials and then I share those results with the team so they can work out if it is a good material or not.
My Typical Day:
Usually, I wake up early and go into work for about 8am. I look at what samples have been submitted for analysis, head to the lab and carry out the analysis. The analysis I carry out can take some time to run so I will carry out other tasks including helping the team, tidying the lab or writing up results as required. I usually go home at 4:30pm.
Usually, I wake up at 6:45am and leave my house at 7:30am which means I get to work at 8am. I like to go in early and finish early.
When I get to work, I go up to the office and set up my desk for the day, check some emails and work out a plan for the day. Usually, there are samples for me to analyse so I go to the lab and start with those. The analysis I do can take a few hours so it’s best to start early! If I have no samples to analyse, I have other projects to work on, for example I have to develop methods for analysing different samples.
I spend most of my day in the lab, analysing samples or trying to keep the lab in tip-top shape. I also work at my desk, replying to emails, looking at data from my analysis and also writing reports of the data.
I normally go home at 4:30pm.
What I'd do with the prize money:
I would use the prize money to support the University of Warwick Chemistry Outreach Programme.
Secondary School & sixth form – Sir Robert Pattinson Academy (Lincoln, 2007-2014)
University – University of Warwick (Coventry, 2014-2018)
- Maths A*
- English B B
- French A*
- Separate Science A* A* A
- ICT Distinction (x2)
- Photography B
- Spanish A*
- RE C
- Geography B
- Chemistry A
- Physics B
- Maths A*
- Spanish C
- First Class Masters Degree in Chemistry with industrial placement
2013-2014 – Canteen Supervisor at my secondary school
2014-2015- Lifeguard at Warwick Uni sports centre
2015-2017- Summer job at Ice Cream shop/ Cafe in Lincoln
August 2016 to August 2017 – University Placement year at GSK as a Material Scientist
August 2018 – first job after University as a Research Scientist in Battery Materials at Johnson Matthey
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Cat loving analyst
What did you want to be after you left school?
To work in science
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No, I was a “goody-two-shoes”
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be more confident in my abilities, to be adventurous and to be happy in whatever I do!
Tell us a joke.
How do you tell the difference between a weasel and a stoat? A weasel is “weasily” recognised and a stoat is “stoatally” different