Dr Lorna Warnock

Lorna WarnockOrganisation

University of York

Job title

Employability Manager

Lorna obtained her BSc. Nutrition (Hons) at the University of Surrey and PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Manchester. Following postdoctoral training in Molecular Biology at the University of Sheffield, Lorna joined the University of Iowa, USA as a Research Associate. Lorna then returned to the UK to take up a postdoctoral position at the University of York, Department of Biology, studying tumour suppressors and progressed to include a management role. Lorna has a number of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and has made oral and poster presentations at national and international conferences.

Lorna used her in-depth understanding of the Biosciences graduate job market to move to a newly created role of Student Industrial Liaison Officer in the Department of Biology and became a key member of the Year in Industry team, establishing new industrial placements and guiding students through the competitive placement application process. Lorna has recently been promoted to the role of Employability Manager for the Department of Biology leading the Employability team which supports over 300 undergraduate students, postgraduate students, postdoctoral and research staff. Lorna has retained her teaching activities on the postgraduate research skills training programme.

One of the Department’s postdocs said:’ I really like Lorna’s teaching style, it is relaxed, inclusive and targeted to her audience. Lorna is also a fantastic person to go to for careers advice…. it is really refreshing to speak to someone who will help you make practical choices for your own particular circumstances.'

Lorna has a research collaboration with Dr Hilary Jones from the University of Sheffield. They have recently published in the area of competency framework development and postgraduate employability and delivered workshops on postgraduate work experience for organisations such as HEA and PLaceNet.

In 2013 Lorna received an Excellence Award from the University of York for her outstanding contribution to the Department of Biology and in 2015 was nominated for the Professionals@York awards. Lorna remains passionate about professional development and integrating work based learning opportunities at all levels.