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Clare

Psychology lecturer

Oxford Brookes University

Location

Oxford

What qualifications do you have?

PhD Psychology

Tell us about your job

How would you describe your current role?

I spend my time doing teaching and research. Teaching-wise, this involves preparing and giving lectures for Psychology students at Brookes (with a particular focus on human long-term memory) as well as marking work and meeting with students and colleagues. In terms of research, I spend time testing participants for research studies, analysing data and writing up papers based on the results. I also get to travel a fair bit by attending psychology conferences around the world.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Getting to meet people - students, participants, other researchers - and talk to them about memory!

What do you enjoy least about your job?

Very little. Although the hours can be very long at busy times of the year.

Who or what inspired you to follow your particular career path?

My PhD supervisor, Chris Moulin. He was (and still is) passionate about research and mentoring. He instilled in me the joy of new discoveries, which is what research is all about. After my PhD at the University of Leeds, I held positions as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Teaching Fellow at the University of Reading. From Reading I moved to my current role at Oxford Brookes.

What advice would you give to any young person considering a STEM career?

Do science A-levels, read books by Oliver Sacks and Ben Goldacre. To work in my field you need a degree in Psychology that is accredited by the BPS (this is something you should check on university websites and at open days). STEM careers can be incredibly rewarding. If you're curious about the world and like the idea of making new discoveries, I would really recommend a career in academia.

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