Laboratory and Facilities Manager
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR ROLE
I am responsible for the NDS laboratories on Level 6 of the John Radcliffe Hospital. My role is to make sure that equipment is serviced, maintained and repaired. I induct staff and ensure they are able to work in a safe environment with what they need.
I studied Neuroscience at Cardiff University and first started working for the University of Oxford soon after in Oncology. I began as a Technician and stayed in the department but moved to the Weatherall Institute as a Research Assistant and later I moved into Haematology. All my experience has brought me to my current position.
I am one of many within Medical Sciences. There are numerous labs that need managers to make sure they run smoothly.
WHAT IS THE MOST MEANINGFUL ASPECT OF YOUR WORK?
I love being able to help others carry out their work. It is enjoyable for me to facilitate their research so that their expertise are focused on what they need to do and produce excellent research papers.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT SOMETHING YOU’VE DONE, CONTRIBUTED TO THAT YOU’RE MOST PROUD OF?
I am particularly proud of my career progression. I have managed to move to new positions while still staying at the University.
In general I am proud of the places I have worked and the people I have worked with. I like being part of a team trying to achieve a common goal.
WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SEE IN THE MEDICAL SCIENCES IN THE NEXT 100 YEARS?
I would like to see more options for research scientists (students or post-docs) with regards to their career progression within the division. It is a shame to see good scientists leave because of job stability or opportunity elsewhere.
As a British woman from an Asian background, it seems to me that there are under-represented groups, women and BAME, in leading positions in scientific research. Hopefully in the near future we will not have to highlight the lack of diversity and equality as it will be normality.