Careers beyond academic science
Audio clip: When Sally’s children were young she worked as a part-time lecturer for the Open University. She taught several of their biological sciences courses.
But then you said you kept in touch with the academic world by teaching.
Yes, so whilst my children were young, I worked as a part time lecturer for the Open University. So I taught several of their biological sciences courses and that was fantastic because it’s extremely flexible. You can arrange the tutorials whenever you want and a lot of the teaching is done either on line or by telephone. And so that was really great for me and, and also it allowed me to get a lot of experience in teaching because up until that point I’d only been in a very pure research environment. So I’d not, I’d not been exposed to much undergraduate teaching. So that was great and I also took on doing tutorials at Oxford University for first year medical students and biochemists and physiological sciences students as well.
So you were really quite, very busy?
So, yes. But it was, but it was really great because it was so flexible.
Mm. And so how many years? That was, how many years did you take away from the laboratory?
Well it turned out to be quite a few years. I’d not intended it to be so long but I had three children in, in very quick succession and that’s quite intense, and by the time you’ve got your third child into primary school, then it was actually nine years in total that I took out from the bench.