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Catherine Garman


Catherine Garman

Graduated 2013

MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century


First degree: BSc Environmental Science

First job after graduating: Assistant Trials Officer at Oxford Agricultural Trials (OAT)

Current job: Crop Protection Scientist (Diseases) at AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds

The best thing about the MSc were the challenges, the project, the variation (field days, lab days, industry days, the chance to do sociology) and meeting my husband-to-be on the same course

I gained from my degree a lot of knowledge, a greater passion for the industry, awareness of the range of career avenues, useful contacts and it qualified me for the job I do now (my dream job).

If I had wanted to do a PhD the course would have given me a taste of lab work and research. Now I use almost everything I learnt during the Master's in my current job. My current job is a Crop Protection Scientist for Diseases of Cereals and Oilseeds at AHDB. I manage AHDB-funded disease projects e.g. sclerotinia, phoma, and LLS forecasting, the UKCPVS. I also do the Recommended List disease ratings. I now feel like I am really making a difference to the industry and have the opportunity to liaise with and gain knowledge from some of the key people. I give talks at industry days and have the responsibility of making decisions that affect the industry.

While at Warwick I completed a lab project on entomopathogenic fungi, I was in the orchestra and brass band and I had my horse with me.