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Dunblane High School 1996-2000, Falkirk College 2002-2003, Stirling University 2005-2009, Glasgow Caledonian University 2010-2011, Durham University 2011-present
8 Standard Grades (GCSE), HNC, BSc with Honours, MPhil, and currently studying a PhD
When I left school at 16 I worked in KFC, and Burger King, Sports Soccer, and different cafes. I later worked a lot with young kids in after school care, and some kids with disabilities like autism, tourrettes,
Full-time PhD Student
Favourite thing to do in my job: Take things apart, work out what they do, then try and put them together again (the hard part!). I am also really interested in helping people. I hope that my research will feed into medicine, for example medical technology and a better understanding of biology. I also quite like organising my own time, and not having a boss!
I am a vision scientist, investigating vision in humans and animals, particularly animal eyes, 3DTVs, and human accommodation (how we focus on things).
My Typical Day
I do experimentation on human subjects, a lot of programming and simulations, and some thesis writing!
What I'd do with the prize money
I would travel to schools where I grew up and give talks on science, I would also hope to buy them some equipment.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Friendly, inquisitive, and hungry (most of the time).
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Increasing understanding of evolution and cats eyes (which involved watching quite a few youtube videos!)
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Movies and videogames partly! I’d also say the mystery of consciousness, a big thing we all feel but science can’t explain!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Quite a lot! I left school at 16, and didn’t get things back on track for a few years (should have stuck in!)
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Physiotherapist (or a secret agent trained in martial arts)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Chickenfoot, Clutch, Extreme, Jurassic 5, Ray Lamontagne, Mr. Big, Otis Redding… tough question!
What's your favourite food?
Steak and salad then sticky toffee pudding.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I’d wish to be better at maths (the boring wish), speak another language, and be able to guitar and piano really well!
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a dinosaur with one eye?… Douthinkhesaurus… sorry.