Rebecca Lacey

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!!

Favourite Thing: 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 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!)

Work History:

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

Current Job:

Research Associate at University College London – I now research how people juggle work and family responsibilities and how it affects health


University College London

Me and my work

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 money

I would organise a schools event on families and how they affect health

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Random, geeky and fun

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

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

What did you want to be after you left school?

A medical doctor (now I’m going to be a Doctor, but a Doctor of Epidemiology!)

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Yes, mainly for talking too much

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Shared my findings with charities that are interested in my field of research

Tell us a joke.

Two peanuts walked into a bar. One was a salted.

Other stuff

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