On International Women’s Day, we asked some of our researchers and teachers to pass on their thoughts about opportunities in science and medicine for women.

calendar-icon 7 March 2017

Their comments reflect their experiences to date, ranging from Jennifer Stott, recently named Outstanding Young Investigator of the Year, to Professor Dorothy Bennett, Director of one of our Research Institutes. This year's International Women's Day theme is 'Be bold for change'.

Professor Dorothy Bennett, Director, Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute:

"Scientific research is amazing. Imagine finding things out that nobody ever knew before; other people finding your research useful, and your work helping to diagnose or treat a disease.

"I'd say that there are many researchers who spend their lives being secretly astonished that someone is prepared  to pay them for doing what they love doing."

Dr Jennifer Stott, Postdoctoral Scientist, Vascular Biology Research:

"One of the most important things I’ve learned as a woman in science is recognising that my voice is just as valuable as anyone else's.

"Everyone from undergraduates to professors has something of value to add to a discussion, whether that’s years of experience or a new insight or asking that 'stupid' question which everyone else is wondering about!Learn to let your voice be heard and don’t be afraid to speak up."


Professor Mary Sheppard, Professor of Cardiac Pathology:

"Remember you are unique and you can do it all, career, life and family. Just pick the right career, lifestyle balance, hobbies and partner. All are vital to success. You cannot do it alone.

"Networking and mentoring are key building blocks in any career."


Dr Yalda Jamshidi, Senior Lecturer in Human Genetics:

"You can't control other people’s idea of who you are or what you can accomplish. So if you find yourself curious and passionate about science - just do it!

"Think like a detective, ask questions and be imaginative. It’s hard to beat that feeling when you realise you know something nobody else knows."

Dr Nidhi Sofat, Clinical Reader and Consultant Rheumatologist:

"Believe in your ideas and never give up - good ideas will eventually be realised with hard work. Achieving your goals will help inspire others."

Dr Yanmin Hu, Senior Research Fellow, Tuberculosis and antibiotic discovery:

"Scientific research is my dream world. At times when I fail, I think to myself there is no reason to give up, as I know tomorrow will be more spectacular."

Professor Hannah Cock, Professor of Epilepsy and Medical Education:

"It is a huge privilege to be paid to do something that you enjoy and which might make a contribution to all our futures. Work hard, but remember to look after your personal needs along the way – including family choices and time with friends.

"You only have one life, and it might take a bit of juggling but ultimately is worth the effort."