Whitby High School (Cheshire)
Undergraduate – University of Edinburgh
Postgraduate – The Open University
GCSEs including: Maths, Science, English, French, History, IT and Textiles Technology
A Levels in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and History (AS)
BSc in Physics
MSc in Space Science and Technology
I’m currently lucky enough to be spending my time learning all about Space, but this isn’t the only job I’ve done. Unlike some people, I’ve had a lot of jobs on the way to achieving my dream of being able to do science everyday. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was at school, and like most things worth doing, it takes a lot of work and a lot of steps to get where you want to be. I’ve worked in shops, cafes, hotels, as a receptionist, a tour guide and I was a science teacher for a number of years before deciding to go back to University. It might seem a bit scary to decide what you want to do when you leave school, but if you work hard you can get to some extraordinary places.
The Open University
I recently moved from Scotland to Milton Keynes with my two dogs. We enjoy big muddy walks in the country, and exploring to find all the local wildlife in our area. When the dogs are busy napping, I love to read and sing (badly) along to the radio!
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I’m currently working on a project to develop new technology to send into Space!
The project I’m working on at the moment is all about making it possible for young people like you to live and work on the Moon in the future. I’m studying ways of making technology which is really small and easy to send to the Moon, which would be able to find out more about the water on the surface of the Moon. Water that will be super important for Astronauts of the future!
My Typical Day:
Studying for my PhD, I get to work in a lab with a lot of cool technology. As I’m designing and building, I’ll be spending a lot of time taking things apart and putting them back together (all those LEGO building skills come in very useful), as well as doing lots of testing. I also do a lot of work on my computer, doing lots of reading and research to learn more about lots of different things.
Some days I will work from the office at the University, and other days I work from home. This helps me to get everything done, whilst also being able to manage all the things I need to do at home and look after my dogs.
What I'd do with the prize money:
I would like to donate the prize money to help school science clubs to increase their impact.
What is your favourite fact about space?
It rains diamonds on some of the planets in our solar system!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Lunar Exploration Enthusiast
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
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!
Dogs, Dogs and More Dogs?
Tell us a joke.
What did the sea say to the sand? Nothing, it just waved.....