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Women & Girls in Science : Celebrating our inspiring women and girls in science

Read their stories as they encourage more women and girls to pursue a career in Science.

11 Feb 2022   40 min read

overlay graphic Women & Girls in Science : Celebrating our inspiring women and girls in science

Olivia Dunne, BSc Personalised Medicine

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I study Personalised Medicine. This means I can learn how certain factors like genes, lifestyle and the environment may affect different people in different ways.

I have always had a huge interest in how medicine works within the body and with my course I can study in detail how to identify ‘the right treatment, for the right person, at the right time'.

Encouraging young women to study science is really important to me as less than half the scientists in the world are women, but this number is slowly rising. I would love to see this continue with all the science courses available at UU. I was inspired to study a career in science by my parents as they both have had STEM based careers. They have always been supportive of my passion for science which I am so grateful for.

Olivia Dunne

Stephanie Spratt, MSci Pharmaceutical Bioscience

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I chose to study Pharmaceutical Bioscience as it offers a wide range of interesting and challenging topics which allows me to enter into a variety of career paths once I graduate.

I would encourage young women into a career in science as there are so many different career routes to consider.

Stephanie Spratt

Lucy Davis, BEng Artificial Intelligence

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I study Artificial Intelligence, which means that I can join others in making an impact in the field by finding new ways to improve our way of living in a multitude of sectors.

I chose to study AI because in my opinion it’s where the future is headed, as our technology is becoming 'smarter' by the day. I want to join my peers in helping to revolutionise the world.

I was inspired to follow a career in AI because of all of the job opportunities that are currently being created and the potential to grow as a coder. After graduating, I would like to pursue a career in the area of software development. I love creating programs and the challenge of perfecting them.

Lucy Davis

Claire McMahon, MSc Environmental Management

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I study Environmental Management, which means that I can join others in making an impact in the field of environmental protection by exploring how humans impact the natural world through their activities.

I was inspired to follow a career in life sciences by my secondary school Geography teacher. She made the subject come alive and that’s what made me become passionate about the natural world and our impact on it.

Encouraging young women to study sciences is a real passion of mine because women are still hugely underrepresented in STEM subjects in the UK.


Claire McMahon

Bronagh McElroy, MSci Pharmaceutical Bioscience

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I am currently studying Pharmaceutical Bioscience at Ulster.

I chose to study this course as I feel that it will give me the skills and knowledge that are required to work within one of our key scientific fields; the biopharmaceutical industry.

Bronagh McElroy

Claire Stewart, BSc Biology

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I am so glad I applied to study Biology at Ulster because of the vital practical experience I have gained, along with the industry knowledge shared by lecturers.

STEM is a vastly male dominated sector, and therefore many females can be apprehensive to pursue a career in the sector because of this. Science, and more specifically biology, has always been a passion of mine, notably human growth and development with regards to immunology.

If you are considering a career in biology, or in STEM, I would really encourage you to pursue it, as the industry would highly benefit from the increased representation of young, determined and tenacious females.

“Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity” – Mae Jemison

Claire Stewart

Rachel Connor, MSci Pharmaceutical Bioscience

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I chose to study Pharmaceutical Bioscience as it will allow me to contribute to improving quality of life. Choosing this degree opens several different career pathways whether that be in research or industry.

Definitely consider a career in science – there are so many options!

Rachel Connor

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