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"I keep up to date by reading current scientific journals such as The New Scientist. I check up on courses relevant to my job role on websites such as ELE, Learn Upon, Trent and HEaTED, STEM courses."

Rebecca Nicholas RSci

Background

In 2004 I graduated from the University of Surrey with BSc (Hons) Medical Microbiology degree. I completed a Professional Training Year (2003) in the PHLS laboratory at the R, D and E Hospital pathology department, where I worked as trainee Biomedical Scientist. After completing a MSc degree in Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology) degree from UWIC, Cardiff, I was offered a PhD in Food Technology (Cardiff Metropolitan University) studying the effect of ozone on decontaminating food catering surfaces. I really enjoyed and I gained a lot of skills and experience.

Since completing my PhD, I have worked as a Research Technician (Cardiff University and University of Exeter) for 4 years whilst raising a young family. I am currently working at University of Exeter as a Laboratory Technician Level 1 in Bioscience department Teaching laboratory.

Why I applied to be a RSci

I applied to be an RSci as I felt I meet the required competencies and I felt the register would be beneficial to my career progression and would be able to demonstrate my capabilities.

I keep up to date by reading current scientific journals such as The New Scientist. I check up on courses relevant to my job role on websites such as ELE, Learn Upon, Trent and HEaTED, STEM courses.

Benefits of Professional Registration

The benefits of registration are: accredited recognition for the knowledge, skill and techniques I have gained throughout my career, to continually develop myself professionally and improved job security and career prospects.

Conclusions and recommendations

I would recommend Professional Registration to my colleagues as it is an accredited recognition for the work experience you have done, supports continual CPD and promotes high standards which is very important to the role of a technician.