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Elspeth Keating, Research Fellow

Choosing my PhD

I had the choice of three very different PhDs – one in the marine industry, the second in material science, and the third industry sponsored (at WMG). My degree was in the marine industry so this was naturally appealing, and material science was ultimately a career I would be interested in pursuing. But, after much deliberation I opted for the WMG one, sponsored by Tata Steel, as I felt it could open up lots of new opportunities.

After my PhD I was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Materials and Manufacturing team. I work alongside people from all sorts of backgrounds with all levels of expertise. One of the projects I’m currently working on is the Coventry Very Light Rail project. I have to pinch myself when I think that just a year and a half into my career I am lucky enough to be working on such a fascinating project. The work that we are doing here is not only interesting but has real value in the real world.

Reaching out

I have also been lucky enough to get involved with the Outreach programme at WMG. I love how enthusiastic children are about learning and I am passionate about helping them to succeed and to learn new things. In the past, I taught sailing to youngsters, and I’m keen to keep giving back.

Don’t be afraid to say yes

My advice to others is always this – don’t be afraid to say yes even if it is something totally out of your comfort zone. What’s the worst that can happen? Give it a go, or else someone else will.

I feel very lucky to work here, it has opened up so many opportunities, and it’s a lovely campus too.

Elspeth Keating

Elspeth Keating

Research Fellow