Having completed my biological sciences degree I went on to undertake a 3 year research post with the University of Central Lancashire focusing on the molecular genetics of heavy metal resistance in sewage-borne bacteria. I spent three enjoyable and informative years there honing my molecular biology skills and successfully achieving my doctorate. Two years were then spent working for and aiding in the development of a new food microbiology testing plant resulting in promotion to junior laboratory manager. Since arriving at the University of Cumbria in 2002 I have gone on to complete a teaching and learning qualification, delivered on both HE and FE programmes and latterly designed the BSc Biomedical Sciences Programme.

Qualifications and memberships

PhD 'The characterisation of nickel resistance in sewage-borne Enterobacteriaceae' (University of Central Lancashire and The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Windermere, 2001)

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (University of Paisley, 1996)

PGCE Post 16.

Fellow HEA.

Member Microbiology Society.