What is your job title?

MChem undergrad

Please describe your journey into STEM?

I am a mature student who spent too long working in a phone shop! After my wife and I came back from our honeymoon in New Zealand I decided if I didn’t do something it would be too late; I wanted to study chemistry.

After completing an Access course at Leicester college I was offered a place at The University of Manchester. The main reason for choosing UoM was because the only thing I really knew anything about in chemistry was radio-chemistry and Manchester has a global reputation for this branch of chemistry and it was something I wanted to chase. I am nearly at the end of my second year, I am working with a research group over summer doing actual radio-chemistry and next academic year I’m working for AstraZeneca for a 1 year industrial placement.

What is a STEM-related question or challenge you would love to solve one day?

I would like to try to dispel the fear of the word “radioactive” and teach people how to respect it instead of being afraid.

Why do you think the Great Science Share for Schools is important?

The world is too full of pseudoscience and people are too willing to listen. We in the scientific community have a responsibility to reach out to the next generation and get them excited about real science.

What is your Twitter handle?

@chemcharley