What’s a typical day at work like?
My daily activities change depending on whether it is term time or student holidays. During term time I spend most my time teaching, marking, setting exam papers, writing lectures, and meeting students for tutorials. I might start the day in the lab with my research students, then lecture to groups of between 20 – 120 students, followed by a one-to-one tutorial, and end up back in the lab with my research students. Out of term-time, I have a little more time to continue with my toxicology research, but I still have marking to complete and need to plan my teaching for the next term.
What are the best things about being an Academic toxicologist?
Working with students is brilliant. I think toxicology is a great subject to teach as it brings together many aspects of anatomy, physiology and pathology that our students also study in detail. I consider my-self luck as many other academic toxicologists do not have the opportunity to concentrate on teaching related activities. I still however have plenty of opportunity to continue research that interests me.