I live in Liverpool at the moment and I’m a Nuclear Chemist. I studied chemistry at the University of Aberdeen to get a BSc, I love playing rugby, going out with my mates and listening to music.
I’ve recently moved to Liverpool so I’m still exploring and finding cool places to go out for food and drinks. I also only started my job in November 21 so I’m on a big learning curve at the moment!
At uni I made loads of mates who I make an effort to see when I’m free, so I’m up and down to Scotland to see them a lot. I play rugby in Manchester and I’m enjoying playing in the English Leagues.
I work in the chemistry and chemical engineering team at ONR, so I spend a lot of time reading reports about chemistry on nuclear sites and then making judgements, with the help of some more experienced people I work with to make sure that everything is safe. A lot of the work I do is making sure that nuclear sites are following the nuclear safety rules and keeping the public (you) safe.
My Typical Day:
I wake up and go to the gym or for a quick run (unless I’m feeling lazy) then come home and have breakfast. I work from home so I start work at about 8:30am, which is loads of reading, writing reports and having meetings. I have my lunch in my flat and call some of my friends from work for a chat while we have our lunch, then I work until 4:30pm, then I turn my laptop off and I’m done for the day.
I’ll usually wake up at about 6:30am and do some exercise and then get myself a healthy(ish) breakfast and get myself ready for work at 8:30am. I can start whenever I like though, since I work from home, so I could start work at 9:30 if I really wanted to. When I’m working I spend most of my time using my laptop. I read loads of reports about nuclear chemistry and what’s been going on at nuclear reactors (like where Homer Simpson works) and I’ll probably have to a write a report myself saying what I thought about what I’ve been reading. I also spend 2/3 hours a day in meetings with people I work with chatting about work I’m doing and getting any help if I need it.
I get an hour for lunch so I’ll watch TV sometimes or call some of my work friends for a chat while we have lunch. I’ll then work until 4:30pm, then I can turn off my laptop and enjky my evening.
What I'd do with the prize money:
I’d spend the money on running a science workshop with some students getting to do some cool experiments that they wouldn’t have the time to do at school.
I went to Wallace High School in Stirling and then I went to the University of Aberdeen to study chemistry.
I have 8 Standard Grades, 5 Highers, 2 advanced higher and a BSc (hons) in Chemistry
I firstly worked as a bartender in a hotel before I went to uni, I then worked in sports direct one summer, as a waiter the next and then in a coffee shop in my 4th year of uni. After uni I worked in a lab doing testing on oils and gases from the north sea for 2 years.
I currently work as a Nuclear Chemistry Safety graduate
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Rugby-playing Nuclear Chemist
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to be a nuclear chemist
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yeah, I had a few detentions in my time at school
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be world class at rugby, a million pounds and to be able to spend the rest of my life travelling the world instead of working
Tell us a joke.
Who's the coolest person in the hospital? The ultrasound bloke