In 2009, Invergordon Academy student Emma Batchen took part in a Nuffield placement at LifeScan Scotland Ltd. Her project was entitled “Assessment of a novel FAD-GDH enzymes for use in a home blood glucose test strip”. Speaking about her Nuffield placement, Emma said:
“It was a brilliant opportunity for me, giving me valuable experience before going to University. I learnt a great deal of skills from teamwork to report writing and presenting. It was a fantastic chance to see how scientific work is undertaken in industry and to give me an insight into careers in science.”
“Currently I am in my final year at The University of Edinburgh studying Medical Sciences. I am about to undertake my dissertation as part of my final year coursework and I am extremely fortunate that this is in the field of diabetes. This relates back to the diabetic work I undertook as part of the Nuffield Scheme, so I feel this placement has already taught me valuable skills which I will use in my dissertation.”
When speaking about her plans for the future, Emma said:
“My future career plans are to carry out a MSc and PhD in Reproductive Health. I have already been conditionally accepted onto the MSc programme and I feel this is due to my vast experience in research. This has definitely come from placements I have been able to undertake along with my studies, such as the Nuffield placement at LifeScan Scotland Ltd.
The Nuffield Scheme allowed me to be funded and supported through this placement before attending University, as well as giving me the opportunity to win the gold CREST award for volunteer work in science. I feel by including these awards on my CV it has helped me to be accepted for past placements, and hopefully a PhD programme in the future.”