All Vitae career stories

María Santos Vicente

Product Specialist in a biotech company. Former research staff in botany at University of Salamanca, Spain.

Mark Howard

Mark completed his doctorate in cell biology. He then undertook four to five years of postdoctoral work before moving into industry to work for Smith & Nephew in York. There he was taken on as a cell biologist, and is now a team leader.

Mark Hughes

Mark runs MCH Consulting, a consultancy for the not-for-profit sector. He enjoys the challenge of being responsible for all aspects of the company, and constantly having to watch his own back. He believes the experience earned through his doctorate helps in this regard...

Mark Smith

Mark completed his doctorate at Canterbury Christ Church University College, and is now Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Research Director at the University of Lincoln having had several teaching roles within higher education.

Martin Maudsley

After completing a science doctorate on the population ecology of cereal aphids, Martin developed his career path towards becoming a professional storyteller. He was experienced in working with different organisations and schools.

Mary Chadwick

Mary runs her own social enterprise and says that, when setting up your own business, having the idea is not enough: "It is not what you want to sell that is important, it is what people want to buy. I’ve learnt this over life – it’s not about you, it’s about the customer..."

Matt Huddleston

Matt completed his doctorate in climate modelling at the University of Cambridge, sponsored by the Met Office. He is now a principal consultant in climate change at the Met Office, communicating climate science to a variety of different customers.

Matt Lane

Matt has a doctorate in music. Having discovered an interest in training, he is now working as the Postgraduate Transferable Skills Training Officer at the University of Cambridge.

Matthew Williamson

Mathew has a doctorate in information science. He has previously worked as a lecturer, and is now an education adviser at Queen Mary, University of London. As part of this role he undertakes educational research.

Matthew Witt

Matthew completed his doctorate in metallurgy. His first role was with a large material supply company. He went on to found an Internet business where he became Chief Operating Officer, and is now working as a business operations consultant.

Max Robinson

Max runs his own company, providing hi-tech consultancy to the ceramics industry. His doctorate provided him with skills and experience in writing technically demanding concepts clearly and succinctly. He feels this part of doctoral study is important, "because it is about selling your ideas and convincing people that there is a gap for your research..."

Melanie Simms

Melanie consolidated her position in academia through her doctoral education. She is now an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, working in the industrial relations group.

Michael Gunn

Since giving this interview, Michael Gunn has been appointed as the Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University. "The serendipitous way that I pursued my career is becoming less of an option. It is becoming more of the case that you've got to have a career plan..."

Murray Booth

Mass Spectrometer Development Scientist. Former postdoctoral researcher in atmospheric science at the University of Manchester, UK.

Nathan Ryder

As a freelance training consultant, Nathan says, "Being freelance, you have to make sure you keep networking – it's really important to build your reputation and get yourself known..."

Neil Jennings

Neil runs the Student Switch Off campaign. Whilst studying for his doctorate in environmental science, he was considering options for his future career. Climate change was getting a lot of coverage in the media, and he selected this to be his primary motivation for setting up his enterprise – namely a need to raise awareness of the issue.

Neil Radford

Neil is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby. “Luck is an interesting concept. I think it is possible to perceive that things are lucky when, in fact, they are largely influenced by other factors...”

Nevio Dubbini

Self-employed data analyst. Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pisa, Italy: Laboratory of Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; and Mathematics Department.

Nick Gostick

After PhD in Biotechnology, Nick is now working at Nottingham Biocity. He previously set up Scientific Solutions, a wastewater treatment consultancy, where he enjoyed and valued being responsible for his own success – and his own career.

Nikolaos Galiatsatos

Burnham Lecturer in Royal School of Military Survey, UK. Former research staff in Durham University, UK, departments of Geography and Archaeology.

Norman Dalgleish

Norman completed his doctorate in maths and geology. His first position after this was as a statistical analyst at Safeway. He then took a role as a trainee fund manager at Scottish Widows in Edinburgh, and he is now a financial adviser at Turcan Connell.

Paddy Hadoke

Paddy completed his doctorate in biology/life sciences at Strathclyde University. From there he took on a series of contracts, and is now a senior academic fellow in pharmacology at the University of Edinburgh developing his own research team.

Paul Thomas

Paul completed his doctorate in plant ecophysiology. Deciding to follow an entrepreneurial path, Paul has set up – and is Managing Director of – his own business, growing and selling truffles.

Paul Thomas

Paul completed his doctorate in plant ecophysiology. Deciding to follow an entrepreneurial path Paul has set up and is Managing Director of his own business growing and selling truffles.

Peter Thompson

Assistant Director, National Institute for Health Research. Former research staff in chemistry at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Professor Brian Tanner

Brian Tanner is Dean of Technology Transfer at Durham University, and the founder of a number of spin-out companies. He has enjoyed the challenge of starting technology businesses as – in creating gainful employment for scores of other people – he has done something which has had a large impact around the world...

Professor Dave Robertson

Dave completed his doctorate in artificial intelligence. He has worked as a lecturer, and is now a professor of applied logic and Head of School Elect for the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor David Goulson

David runs the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. He says the doctorate enabled him to develop skills in writing and presenting information. These latter skills have been particularly useful in the Trust, as it is about communicating with people – giving talks and presentations, and being able to adapt scientific language to talk to non-scientists...

Professor Martin Siegert

Martin completed his doctorate in glaciology at Cambridge University. He then gained a lectureship at the University of Wales in Aberyswyth, followed by a lectureship at the University of Bristol. He is now Head of the School of Geosciences and Professor of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Ron Denney

Ron started out as a research assistant for a pharmaceutical company. He completed his doctorate in synthetic organ chemistry, and then became a lecturer (eventually principal lecturer) and reader in organoanalytical chemistry at the University of Greenwich. He is now running a private forensic consultancy.