Why I don’t want PPE to be compulsory

Why I don’t want PPE to be compulsory

I spent almost thirty years of my professional life wearing PPE. Let me explain why it shouldn’t be randomly worn by the general public. Sally Scientist is fresh out of university with the ink still wet on her degree certificate. She has started her first job in a...
Is it acceptable to drink alcohol in outpatients?

Is it acceptable to drink alcohol in outpatients?

Twelve years ago, I made a career move from being a biomedical scientist with teaching and training responsibilities to being a teacher. I’ve been sifting through paperwork from my biomedical science days and as these documents go as far back as 1979, there are some...
The Chemistry of Death

The Chemistry of Death

In the UK, there are several different examination boards. While the core syllabus for A level biology is much the same, each board is slightly different in the style and content of what could be described as the ‘bells and whistles’. Edexcel is the only board to...
An Inspirational Woman – 2020

An Inspirational Woman – 2020

A few weeks ago, I had to give a short presentation to a group of business women. We were all asked to suggest to the group a woman that we considered inspirational, and that we admired. I chose a scientist, of course. I would like to introduce you to her. She is...
Tutors who travel – an advantage or a disadvantage?

Tutors who travel – an advantage or a disadvantage?

I’ve been tutoring for twelve years. When I first started up, I had a couple of my own students but I mostly worked through an agency. The benefits the agency sold were that if you asked for a tutor, they would send you someone with appropriate qualifications, and...
Anastasia, The Romanovs and DNA Profiling

Anastasia, The Romanovs and DNA Profiling

The afternoon began with a trip to the theatre and ended in an internet search for the DNA profiling of Tsar Nicholas and his family. The Theatre Royal Windsor showed a straight play this afternoon called The Anastasia File. Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar...