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EducationI went to Amery Hill School in Alton, Hampshire. Then Alton College after that. Next I traveled for a year to see if I still wanted to go into further education and I found that I did so I went to Manchester Metropolitan University. While in Manchester I discovered I could have a year out to work in an industry and a few of my friends and I agreed it would be good to get some perspective so I applied all over the country but was very lucky to have found the John Innes Centre!
QualificationsDiving licence, driving licence, first aid, liquid nitrogen, mass spectroscopy, licence to thrill and more still to come!
Work HistoryAll over the place; pizza hut, marks and spencers, over 6 pubs and bars, cricket pitches, burger vans, festivals, even as a charity worker in Australia
Current JobYear in industry research student
Dr Tony Miller
Favourite thing to do in my job: Watch experiments, use liquid nitrogen, watch my plants grow and see videos on new science.
About Me: Jack of all trades, master of none
Ok lets see where this takes us:
I live in a house in Norwich with some people I didn’t know before I moved in
I wish I had my dog with me but he’s with my parents
I like to play every sport I get a chance to, but that doesn’t make me good at any particular one!
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is my favourite book
I’ve travelled all over the world by myself but there are plenty more places to go…
My Work: Make plants bigger and better!
I work in a research centre in Norwich called the John Innes Centre
There is a collection of 4 (lets call them ‘schools’) that are in a park called the the NBI (Norwich Biosciences Institutes). These schools are called:
JIC [John Innes Centre],
TSL [The Sainsburys Laboratory],
Earlham Institute and
IFR [Institute of Food Research].
Because of these institutes Norwich is ranked 4th in the UK for the number of “most highly cited scientists” after London, Cambridge and Oxford!
John Innes is split up into lots of buildings, in the one I am in there are all sorts of things in the labs but also whole rooms dedicated to specific equipment like mass spectroscopy rooms, microscope rooms, dark rooms, light rooms, hot rooms, cold rooms, rooms with things that shake and spin as well as normal things like kitchens, cafeterias and offices. It’s very exciting!
My Typical Day: Wake, dress, eat, walk, work, eat, work, eat, play sport, sit, snack, sleep, dream.
What I'd do with the prize money: I know a few organisations that go to schools and show them crazy projects – I’d help to make them crazier!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Charismatic, Chatty, Curious
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I had this encyclopedia I used to read at night, had awesome pictures.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Every now and again… maybe… who’s asking? Is that you Mrs Bennet??
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A teacher… Of science!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
It’s hard to choose but for now I’ll say The Cat Empire
What's your favourite food?
Paella (With prawns! Mmmmmm)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Flown a small plane (In San Francisco) it was crazy, it only had one door!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) Be able to pause/slow down time so I could do things really fast (and play more playstation). 2) Be a little bit more lucky (just little things) and 3) Have a 10 times better memory!
Tell us a joke.
I always remember what my grandad said to me before he kicked the bucket….. “Hey Freddie, do you wanna see how far I can kick this bucket?!”