A balanced world is a better world. On International Women’s Day our researchers want to encourage women to never give up on their goals 

Friday 8 March 2019      Research blog
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Our researchers have shared messages encouraging women to believe in themselves:

Dr Charlotte Coles, Consultant Oncologist 

Make sure you aim as high as you can, we often underestimate our own capabilities. You can do this.

Dr Violet Warwick, Programme Manager 

If you want it, just do it, there’s nothing holding you back but you.

Kate Makin, PhD Student 

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes and to ask questions even if they may seem silly or obvious. Secretly, everyone is a little unsure of what they are doing.

Dr charlotte Coles, Violet Warick and Kate Makin

(From left to right: Dr Charlotte Coles, Dr Violet Warick and Kate Makin)

Our researchers explain some of the challenges they face in their work:

Professor Leonie Young, Professor of Surgery 

Balancing life and work can be challenging. I’m sure other scientists also feel the same.

Dr Rachel Eyre, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Science has traditionally been a very male dominated career. It’s still tough for women, but I think things are changing, and we need more women coming into science to keep challenging perceptions and keep things moving forward.

Kate Makin, PhD Student 

I suffered with a real lack of confidence for my entire first year as a PhD student, often comparing myself to others with much more experience. I have fought hard to try and overcome this in my career.

Professor Leonie Young, A researcher and Kate Makin

(From left to right: Professor Leonie Young, Dr Rachel Eyre, and Kate Makin)

Our researchers explain what inspires them to carry on doing the incredible work they do:

Dana Bhattacharyya, PhD student

I’m inspired every day, by my friends, my supervisor and most of all by own curiosity to find answers.

Dr Rachel Eyre, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Out of our lab window we can see patients entering the hospital, and every patient I see inspires me to get on with the job.

Dr Jennifer Gomm, Programme leader

The brave women with breast cancer. They are my driving force.

Dana Bhattacharyya, PhD student, Dr Rachel Eyre, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dr Jennifer Gomm, Programme leader

(From left to right: Dana Bhattacharyya, Dr Rachel Eyre and Dr Jennifer Gomm)