Nottingham Trent University speaks to women researchers about their important work and why they chose careers in academia


Women researchers at NTU share their work experiences

Women researchers at NTU share their work experiences

 March 18, 2020

Because Nottingham Trent University's research community is full of inspiring women, the employer chatted to a few about their experiences in academia, the challenges they’ve overcome and their ambitions for the future.

Here are a few insights from NTU's video.

Importance of supportive colleagues and partners

"I think most of us would love to focus 100 per cent of our time on our research - we can't, we're here because of the students. One thing that I've learnt throughout my career, is the importance of supportive colleagues, because you can't do it all on your own," says Dr. Zara Whysall (pictured).

"I was able to teach the subjects that I really wanted to," says Dr. Natalie Barber on why she joined NTU. "The great thing about academia is obviously you've got your colleagues at NTU, but you also have the opportunity to work with other people around the world."

"I wouldn't be able to do it without the support of my partner - you need someone there who can root for you really," comments Dr. Sue Dymoke.

Seeing your research applied and inspiring others

Professor Gill Allwood adds: "It's brilliant when I see citations in European Parliament or other European councils - it's very rewarding to me that my work is being used outside."

Dr. Dawn Scholey says: "Our research is really applied, so we're working on the coalface of our industry.

"In particular at NTU it's through the research students that I supervised people that I've helped to establish their own research careers," says Professor Rebecca Parry.

Professor Clare Wood comments: "In ten years' time I would like to have built a team of early career scholars around me so that I can really give back to them."

Watch NTU's video to see the university's researchers offer further insight into their work.

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