I joined UCLan in 1999 and have seen the organisation evolve and grow throughout this time.
My first degree was a BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences with Biology and Chemistry. I went on to complete a master’s degree in Fire Safety Engineering and I am currently studying for a PhD.
I initially joined UCLan as a laboratory technician within what was then the Department of Built Environment. I was keen to develop my academic career and in 2006, I became a Lecturer in Fire Engineering, progressing to Senior Lecturer in 2010.
During my progression within the university, a number of people have supported me but there have also been obstacles along the way. I have undertaken Higher Education Role Analysis (HERA) processes, to gain recognition for the roles I have performed. I have also acted as an Academic Lead whilst an Academic Lead was seconded to another area. Working in a traditional male environment was at times difficult. I was confident I knew my stuff and was determined to succeed.
It is great to see the University supporting and promoting young females into these traditionally male dominated areas. Engineering is a great career, with so many different and challenging opportunities. I have had support given to me along the way and I now feel it is my turn to offer that support to new staff to bring them into our supportive and inclusive environment here at UCLan.
23 May 2018