Sad to be voted off :( - probably a good thing as was getting a bit too addictive and I wasn't getting much work done! Viva preparation here we come!!
I went to Hillcrest School in Birmingham and then to King Edward VI Five Ways for sixth form (1999-2001). I went to University of Wolverhampton (2004-2007) and did a Masters and a PhD at University College London
8 GCSEs, 5 A-levels, BSc(Hons) Human Biology & Health Studies, MSc Health and Society: Social Epidemiology, PhD Epidemiology (soon!)
I have had lots of random little jobs like working in a bakery, promoting recycling for my local council, working in a care home, working on the 2011 Census but now I work at University College London
Research Associate at University College London – I now research how people juggle work and family responsibilities and how it affects health
University College London
Favourite thing to do in my job: Thinking through something that won’t work and managing to sort it out – it’s like doing a puzzle. I also like presenting my work to other scientists at conferences around the world as I get to travel to lots of different places and meet new people.
I am Social Epidemiologist. I look at why some children who experience parental divorce report psychological distress as an adult and how this has changed over the last 50 years
My Typical Day
I spend most of my time working on my computer using statistical computer packages analysing data whilst drinking tea
I also attend meetings with my colleagues to discuss research and seminars where people present their work via a presentation
What I'd do with the prize money
I would organise a schools event on families and how they affect health
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Random, geeky and fun
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Shared my findings with charities that are interested in my field of research
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, mainly for talking too much
Who is your favourite singer or band?
My favourite type of music is Mash Up but I also like Bloc Party, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Bach!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I sing in a choir which gets to sing at lots of cool stuff – we have sung at events with Westlife, Kylie, Il Divo, Russell Watson etc
Tell us a joke.
Two peanuts walked into a bar. One was a salted.