Nina always enjoyed maths at school and solving puzzles. She never questioned that she would study a maths degree. Holiday work in an accountancy firm was followed with a job offer in her final year which led to a successful career – moving through audit into training and then into regulation and standards.
Nina was always though on the lookout for a challenge and ‘something extra’. To keep herself amused and her brain active she took a variety of Open University courses from psychology to education to genetics. Nina’s husband was a research scientist in bioscience and a chance opportunity to check the maths in a draft paper gave her an insight into a different world.
She says her maths was a bit rusty but she soon got back up to speed. Further research into the idea of a career change, bolstered by her OU modules enabled her to apply successfully for a funded PhD studentship. Nina is now working in mathematical biology as a post doctoral research fellow at Oxford and is bringing together her accounting and business skills with bioscience to research and model the impacts of genetically modified ‘sterile’ male mosquitoes to reduce the spread of Dengue fever.
She has brought her financial knowledge to start exploring the health economic impacts and benefits of a variety of studies adding a new dimension to existing work.
Nina was concerned about being distinctly older than other students and not fitting in, but found the college atmosphere to be welcoming and inclusive and is truly happy in her new environment.

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