United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science – 11th February
Farnborough Lecturer Studying towards British Heart Foundation-Funded PhD
We also caught up with one of our newest science lecturers, Naureen Bhatti, who’s studying towards a PhD alongside teaching at the College.
After achieving a BSc in Biomedical Science from Kings College London, Naureen allocated time off to tutor students at A Level before going on to achieve a Distinction in her Masters by Research Degree from the Royal Holloway University. She’s now studying towards a PhD whilst teaching part-time.
She said: “Researching and teaching at the same time is liberating as I can apply skills attained from my studies to the teaching at college. I’m quite fortunate as I can relate to my students when they experience challenging periods and help empower them. This makes them feel appreciated and motivated to overcome their hurdles which, for me, is a fulfilling experience.”
“Due to my laboratory experiences, I can incorporate many skills acquired from my PhD to my teaching. Guiding students and providing support on how to manage the laboratory environment is really beneficial for them.”
“Managing a class requires vigilance and care; I must ensure that I am always ready for any problems or challenges that may arise in the laboratory environment. It is important for students to appreciate that mistakes in the lab are not always a waste of time or a failure as they have substantial value for their future experiments. Many great scientists often failed many times before they made world-changing discoveries, the essence of success lies with the person and their perseverance.”
Naureen is studying towards her PhD at Reading University where she’s researching Cardiovascular diseases. She was selected by a British Heart Foundation panel who offered her a Scholarship towards the research.
“In the future, I see myself becoming a Professor or Scientist as I’m motivated to make important contributions to the scientific literature on Cardiovascular diseases and ensure that all my efforts, intellect and energy is directed towards a cause that has global impact.”
“My advice to students is that if you have an aspiration, the only way to attain that goal is to make it your motivation for getting your head down, making sacrifices and working hard until you have reached that goal. Enjoying the journey is what will help you overcome the challenges so choose what you enjoy, not what you may have been pushed to do. Remember, your end-goal will drive you.”