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Emily Alderson

Trainee Vascular Scientist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Emily graduated with a Human Biology degree in 2019, and is now training to become a qualified vascular scientist here she tells us a bit about her time at Loughborough University and her career path.

What does your current job entail?

I am training to become a qualified vascular scientist; completing a master’s degree in clinical science whilst also having work-based training on how to carry out ultrasound scans of arteries and veins and to write reports of findings for consultants to decide the course of action for each patient. 

How did you decide upon the area that you wished to work in?

As I had really enjoyed my human biology degree, especially the Anatomy and Physiology elements, I decided to look for graduate schemes that would allow me to use my degree. I came across the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP), which offers training in a wide range of subdivisions. I decided I would like to train in physiological science as this was the area I had most enjoyed during my time at university. I therefore researched each of the physiological science specialisms to see what each entailed and came to a decision on which best suited my interests and was successful in obtaining a place for Vascular Science.

What were the highlights of your time at Loughborough outside of your course?

My highlights at Loughborough outside of my course were training and competing at an international level in triathlon and meeting other likeminded athletes from a variety of different sports.

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