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Personal Development


  • 2010 - Vegetable Research Trust (VRT) Award (£300) towards a lab visit to the Scottish Crop Research Institute (Dundee)
  • 2010 - Participation in Biotechnology Yes competition, Babraham Institute, Cambridge (29 September- 1 October 2010)
  • 2010- Royal Entomological Society conference participation award (£350) towards presenting in IOBC working group Integrated Protection of Field Vegetables conference- 25-28 September 2011. Southern Sweden
  • 2011- School of Life Sciences Travel funding (£130) towards presenting at the Aphid Special Interest Group- 18 April 2012. The James Hutton Institute, Dundee.


Academic Membership

  • Royal Entomological Society- Student Member, 2009- present


  • I have recently been a lab demonstrator for 1st year undergraduate students. This involved both practical and theory support during lab practicals and marking the students lab reports. I have thouroughly enjoyed this experience and have enrolled and been awarded a Post Graduate Award Introduction to Academic and Professional Practice (2010-2011)- Receiving academic credit and an award for teaching responsibilitiesthe (


Graduate School Training Courses

  • Literature Searching Techniques (15/10/09)
  • Elements of Structure and Organisation (13/11/09)
  • Understanding Academic Writing and the Main Types (19/11/09)
  • Grammatical Accuracy Morphology and Syntax (20/01/10)
  • Effective Researcher Training Course (2 day 8-9 February 2010)
  • Speedreading (02/06/10)
  • Writing for publication (23/06/10)
  • Preparing and Surviving your Viva (29/6/12)


Other training courses

  • Endnote X3 Training for Beginners (26/10/09)
  • Bioethics Workshop (20/11/09)
  • Manual Handling Training (7/12/09)
  • E-portfolio Training (8/12/09)
  • GenStat 12th edition training course (18th and 20th January 2010)
  • 2 week laboratory visit to Scottish Crop Research Institute for molecular techniques training and microsatellite work on N .ribisnigri (1-12 March 2010)
  • 3 Day Residential Teamworking and Networking Course (20-23 April 2010)
  • Commercialisation Workshop (17/6/10)
  • Bioscience, Politics and Social Acceptability (November 2010)
  • Liquid Nitrogen Training (11/02/11)


Sbaqua club

Gemma Scuba diving at Nemo 33 in Brussels

 Dry suit Scuba

Non Academic Interests 

Scubadiving- BSAC Qualified Sports Diver, First aider for divers and oxygen adminstrator

Member of Warwick Subaqua Club (Club Secretary 2011-2012)

Ice skating