Project Overview

This project aims to build a website for school students who are making decisions about what subjects to study. This might be KS3 subjects in year 9, GCSE subjects in year 10, A-level subjects in year 12, or undergraduate degree subjects in year 13.

If you wish to contribute, your responses will form part of a database of people from all careers and walks of life, and will then be organised by the school subject most related to your work. Students can see what types of careers are available to them based on an individual subject.

This website and project is being put together by a synthetic chemist who goes by the name of Steve, and a web developer who calls herself Amelia, in their spare time, so progress might be a little slow - please bear with us! :)

For more information, see: www.streetresearch.co.uk/

Background

When I was at school, nobody ever spoke to me about what jobs different subjects can lead to. This was especially the case in science and engineering, where a lot of jobs are in research, yet nobody ever tells you what research is! I want to change this.

The first time I ever spoke to somebody who was actually a scientist was when I was looking around universities in year 12, which was in my opinion far too late! I want to change this too.

I think it would be useful for young people to be able to talk to real scientists, engineers, and people from other careers, and find out the what they work on, and what their jobs are like. This is especially important in subjects like chemistry, where what you learn at school is very different to what you can do in research, and in school it might not seem as exciting/useful or relevant to life as it actually is!

I think a lot of people who would make great scientists choose to not study science further at school because they don’t know where it can take them.

THIS I want to change. But I need your help!

How to use the website

If you are a student, you can start by browsing the different subject at the top, and can browse through different people's profiles, which can tell you not only what they do for a living, but also which school subjects relate most to their jobs, what subjects they studied at school, and their advice to you. Coming soon, we hope to add a custom search function where you can select the combination of subjects you are thinking of studying, and it will display the profiles of people who made the same choices as you, showing you some of the paths open to you! If you have any suggestions about things missing, or things you would like to see, please email me at steve@streetresearch.co.uk.

Currently, the database is a bit chemistry heavy, with mainly profiles from people at the University of Bristol. This isn't necessarily a bad thing though, as in my opinion chemistry is one of the most misunderstood subjects at school, so could do with being better understood! As we get more profiles from a wider variety of sources, other subjects will have more information to yield.

 For contributors - how your 10 minutes of time can help influence and inform the decisions of thousands of students

By contributing, you are adding your own profile to the website, full of the decisions you have made, the subjects you have studied, what you do for a living, and your advice to those students who wish to get to where you are today. Your 10 minutes of time will influence the decisions that thousands of students make, help others to avoid common pitfalls / mistakes, and help others to appreciate school subjects that are perhaps commonly overlooked (or even not part of the curriculum!)

Who we would especially like to hear from

We want to hear from everyone. This website will only be as good as the database that it is built on, and a breadth of subjects will only be present if people from a variety of walks of life take the time to fill out their details.

We would especially like to hear from anyone who has an interesting job, an interesting project or area of research, or anyone who has started their own company. We would like to hear from a variety people from 'commonly considered' careers such as medicine, law, accountancy, teaching, police, fire service, etc... as well as many careers that might be similar, but commonly overlooked, such as scientific research, patent law, etc!

So basically we want to hear from everyone... This is your chance to 'represent' your subject area and career to students!

Hannah

Product Manager
Tocris Bioscience

I review scientific literature and use this information to guide new product introductions.

Chris

Teaching Fellow
University of Bristol

I run teaching laboratories for undergraduate chemists. I have a hundred of them in white lab coats doing experiments, and it's my job to make sure that they learn something in the process.

Aneta

Analytical Chemist
Bio-Techne

Analysis of small molecules, mainly by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gas Chromatography (GC) and Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS).

Tom Chisnall

PhD Student
University of Bristol

Research the genetic variation of Coxiella burnetii, a bacteria found in cow's milk. Looking at how the genetics varies across the country and compared to other countries. I have also worked in laboratories in The Gambia and the Netherlands.

Tim Millar

Lecturer in Pharmacology
University of Southampton

I run a research group studying blood vessels and how white immune cells are captured from the blood. We also look at how fats in the blood cause new blood vessels to grow. We are also looking at how bacteria stick to heart valves and how we can use new drugs to work as antibiotics.

Cathal

University lecturer
Ulster University

Direct an undergraduate programme, coordinate, teach and assess specialist cardiology modules, preparatory placement for students and practice educators

Steven Street

EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow
The University of Bristol

I develop tiny biodegradable polymer fibres that are >1000x smaller than the width of a human hair, and can hopefully be used for improved gene therapy, drug delivery and tissue engineering. These nanoparticles can deliver DNA/RNA or drugs to cells, to better treat diseases and genetic conditions. I hope to use gene editing techniques such as CRISPR to perform cancer immunotherapy on human immune cells, which I think is insanely cool (hence why I am working on it!).

I am a fellow at the university of Bristol, which means that I have completed my PhD, and work in research at the university, but I do not yet have my own research group or a permanent academic position. My days are very varied, from teaching / mentoring undergraduates and PhD students, to performing my own research, writing results up into papers and travelling the world, giving presentations to other scientists at international conferences.