Academic Case Studies

Dr Rachel Tolhurst, Senior Lecturer in Social Science and International Health

Having grown up in Botswana and Malawi, I have had a lifelong interest in development. I studied English Literature and Chinese Language, and had the opportunity to live and learn Chinese in China before completing my degree.

Dr Britta Urban, Reader in Biomedical Science at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

I have always been drawn to the idea of carrying out research. I knew I would end up doing something relating to medicine and diseases, and my interest started to gravitate towards prevention rather than treatment.

Professional Lead and Principal Lecturer in Learning Disability Studies

My interest in learning disabilities was sparked during work at a summer camp in the US. The camp happened to be a special needs camp and, while I expected to work exclusively in the kitchen,

From Independent Midwife, To Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

Following 5 years of employment as a Registered General Nurse specialising in intensive care, I trained as a Registered Midwife and worked as an independent midwife.

Dean of School of Life and Medical Science

I have always loved Science and especially Chemistry. When at School, I was good at Maths and Science and had a supporting family who steered me towards studying Pharmacy, which I went on to do as my first undergraduate degree.

Director of the Centre for Research In Primary And Community Care (CRIPACC)

I have always been interested in food and, more specifically, why people eat what they eat. As a young girl, I was part of a family wholly immersed in the consumption of cake;

Principal Lecturer in Engineering: from Industry to Academia

My aunt worked in Engineering: she used to make the original microchips for Motorola, something that I found fascinating when I was a young girl.

Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy Practice; School of Life and Medical Sciences

I attended a grammar School for girls and during my time there, I realised that Science was one of my strengths. I identified a degree that interested me, the MPharm, which also had good graduate prospects. This was important, as I...

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology. School of Life and Medical Sciences.

I started my Lectureship at the University of Hertfordshire in January 2012, which was initially a temporary post. My post became permanent in May 2014 and I progressed to Senior Lecturer in July 2014.

Senior Lecturer - School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire.

I came from Malaysia to do my Project 2000 Nursing at the University of Greenwich and completed my top-up nursing degree at the University of Hertfordshire. Whilst working as a nurse on a leukaemic ward, the consultant encouraged me to...

Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC);  

I was good at Science at school and ended up completing a BSc in Geography in Nigeria. However, I graduated feeling very disillusioned. It was a long course, not aided by the constant striking at the time. By the time it had finished, I...

Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean

Professor Sally Kendall, Professor of Nursing, Director of the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC) and Associate Dean of Research (School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire). From ‘Nurse’, to...

Reader And Academic Research Lead, School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire

Dr Ornella Corazza. I became involved and supported the development of a new topic of study (the diffusion of illicit drugs on the Internet) that really shaped my career.

Principal Lecturer in Pharmacology and non-executive Chairman of Health organisation, School of Life

The University has always enabled me to pursue my career by supporting my part-time and flexible working pattern; no week is ever the same and sometimes fitting in all the hours is a struggle, but that is the trade-off between doing...

Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire

I had never classified myself strictly as a Pharmacologist before I came to the University of Hertfordshire. I completed my PhD in Medical Biochemistry at Imperial College followed by four postdoctoral positions over a period of ten...

Associate Professor of History, Wuhan University, China

Dr Mark J Crowley is an Associate Professor of History and holds the distinguished Hubei Provincial ‘Chu Tian’ Research fellowship for the period 2014-2018 at the School of History, Wuhan University, China. He obtained his BScEcon Hons...

Professor of Mathematics at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, China

Professor Zuoqin Wang is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, China. Originally educated at this university, Zuoqin returned to China and USTC in 2013. He was recruited via the...

Canadian English Teacher at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Shaune Peebles is a Canadian English teacher (and world traveller), with over 10 years’ experience across Asia and Europe. Shaune discovered his teaching vocation in Guangzhou, where he worked for more than two years at Guangdong...

Professor in Crop Physiology at Huazhong Agricultural University, China

Dr. Shaobing Peng has been Professor of Crop Physiology at Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, Hubei Province in Central China since 2011. Dr. Peng is originally from China and is a former student of this university, having studied...

PhD Candidate in Medicinal Chemistry - Cardiff University

Iuni Trist is in the latter stages of her PhD in medicinal chemistry at Cardiff University. Iuni’s route to a PhD began in Italy and her reflections may help those reading this who may be considering coming to the UK to undertake their...

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