Mentoring event helps Bioscience students speed toward career success

Date 30.10.2017

A University of Northampton Human Bioscience student has benefited from a professional mentoring session after being chosen by a senior NHS official to attend a high profile conference.

Jack Whitehouse secured a place at a parliamentary committee conference at the House of Lords in November as a direct result of a recent ‘Speed Mentoring’ session organised by Dr Karen Anthony, University of Northampton Senior Lecturer in Molecular Bioscience.

The session was provided by MindTorch, a mentoring organisation that helps students figure out ‘what’s next’ in their careers by getting students to meet with and learn from key industry professionals.

Respected health and science representatives from various disciplines gathered at our Park Campus for a fun and productive afternoon of mentoring, staged like a ‘Speed Dating’ event.

Students had the opportunity to ask mentors a maximum of five questions about how to achieve their career aspirations.

Mentors then had 10 minutes to impart as much professional guidance and support as possible to these future scientists.

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Dr Praveen Paul, Pint of Science Director, during the Speed Mentoring session.

Dr Anthony said: “Our MindTorch event was better than we expected, with amazing student feedback and testimonials of resulting contacts, such as the conference invite for Jack.

“As with the wider ethos of University of Northampton, we always place the future careers of our students at the heart of everything we do, so look forward to hosting future activities like this for them.”

For more about the Human Bioscience (BSc) course at University of Northampton.

Dr Anthony’s research focuses on unravelling the biological mechanisms of neurological disorders, such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Find out more about Dr Anthony’s work via her blog.