Colin Garner writes ‘Just over a year ago I was contacted by Dr Lorna Warnock, Employability Manager from the University of York who told me about a UK Research Council scheme called the PhD internship programme, Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS). The scheme’s aim is to enhance the professional development of students, give them the chance to explore career opportunities and go some way towards making students ‘work ready’. We are delighted that as a result of these discussions Hannah Southam, a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry, Sheffield University is about to start a three month internship with us. As a small charity with limited resources, help of this kind is invaluable to us. I would encourage any other PhD students who might be looking for internships to make contact with us’.
Hannah writes ‘My name is Hannah and I’m very pleased to introduce myself as the new PhD intern for Antibiotic Research UK. The focus of my research at the University of Sheffield is to understand how pathogenic bacteria, such as E. coli, become resistant to antibiotics and to test the effectiveness of novel antimicrobial drugs.
I became interested in working for Antibiotic Research UK as they are the only UK-based charity dedicated to raising money to fund research into new and urgently needed antibiotic therapies. With my science background, I know how vital it is for us and future generations to find new antibiotics and ensure that we use our current antibiotics responsibly to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance.
Over the next few months, I’ll be hanging up my lab coat and working for Antibiotic Research UK on raising awareness to make sure we all work together to help prevent antibiotic resistance and help fundraise for the charity’s scientific research projects. I’ll keep you up to date with my activities and contributions to the charity via a weekly blog that can be found on the website’.
Hannah Southam, University of Sheffield, UK
Funded by the White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership