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Dr Devon Allcoat

Teaching Fellow

I studied Psychology at Swansea University before starting a PhD at the University of Warwick.

First impressions

My PhD focused on virtual environments and how they can be applied to education. As part of this I had the opportunity to collaborate with WMG, giving me my first experience with the department.

My first impressions were very good. I had access to high end cutting-edge equipment, and got to work with some extremely talented people – which opens up so many possibilities.

Although I had done some teaching as part of my PhD, I had initially planned to continue down the research route. But I was really keen to do more with WMG, so when the Teaching Fellow role came up I jumped at the chance to apply.

I’ve worked at WMG as a Teaching Fellow for about a year now. I feel very lucky to work with such wonderful supportive people. When it comes to education, WMG’s ties with industry are fantastic, and the real world impact is so valuable. From day one, my line manager and colleagues have been extremely encouraging and supportive both personally and professionally.

When I joined the department I wanted to encourage inclusivity, promoting understanding and acceptance of disabilities. I recently worked to set up a Disability Staff Group, and I am the Disability Rep on the WMG Welfare and Comms Committee.

Role models

As a child, I really looked up to my mother. She was a strong, successful business woman in a very male dominated area of the automotive industry. She was one of only two female managers out of 400! She never gave the impression that my gender would be a barrier to any career I might choose to pursue.

More recently I’ve found role models in my colleagues. I work with some truly brilliant women and I really hope to achieve as much as they have.

There have been times during my career when I’ve worried about being taken seriously but, luckily, I’ve never had any real reason to be concerned as the people I’ve worked with really do value what I have to say.

Speak up

Don’t be afraid to speak up, if you don’t you aren’t giving people the opportunity to hear what you have to say. Don’t be discouraged if you walk into a room and you’re the only woman. Don’t be disheartened if you are less knowledgeable at first – we all have to start somewhere. Recognise your own value - but above all keep at it. If you really want to go in to STEM don’t let anything stop you.

Dr Devon Allcoat