How long have you worked at UOW?

I’ve been working in the School of Medicine since the start of 2015. Prior to this, I was working in multiple casual/contract roles in different schools and faculties across UOW.

 

What’s your/your team’s role at the University?

I work as part of the Research and Critical Analysis (RCA) Team in Graduate Medicine. We are a small team primarily responsible for teaching medical students about research. We also teach into the pre-med program.

 

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Having a student tell you that they’ve quite enjoyed “doing research”, despite their initial reservations and the amount of work they’ve undertaken!

 

What’s the most challenging?

On the flip side, research is often seen as quite “dry” and is not embraced for the creative challenges it can hold!

 

Proudest work achievement at UOW?

Having the preliminary results of my work looking at crochet and wellbeing published by Martha Stewart, on MARTHASTEWART.com

 

What goals are you/your team working towards in 2019?

The RCA Team is continually revising the program we deliver in all four phases of the course. Currently, we are looking at strategies to encourage students to take their research experiences to the next level, through submission to peer reviewed journals and conferences.

 

What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?

Graduating with my PhD the same week my youngest daughter graduated from Kids Uni. We have photos of the two of us in our graduation gowns!

 

Random fact about you or hidden talent?

I once lived in LA.

 

What’s your favourite place in the world and why?

Wollongong – the beach and the rainforest!

 

Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?

I’d love to be able to live more sustainably, growing and producing most of our food!