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Katie Cooke

College/ School:

Medical School

Job title:

Clinical Skills Technician

Brief description of role:

Katie facilitates the teaching of clinical skills practicals which currently take place in the Sarah Swift Building whilst the medical school is being built. Whilst working in the Sarah Swift building, Katie also assists Vicky, the School of Health and Social Care’s Skills Technician for all of the health care courses that use the clinical skills suites over in Sarah Swift. She also facilitates the physiology and pharmacology practicals for the medical students and helping Zhen who facilitates the Medical School’s Foundation Year programme.

How long at Institution:

Katie started at the University of Lincoln in August 2019

Journey to role:

Studied Forensic Science at Staffordshire University, then demonstrated at Keele University School of Medicine. She then became a full time demonstrator and technician at Keele for 6 years before taking on a position as a research technician at Newcastle University. Katie partook in lab rotations assisting with a wide range of immunology based research, before helping to set up a gastroenterology lab, using her experience to start up the lab and get research going.

Things to love about the role/ work:

Likes problem solving and being good at time management. Likes being involved in lots of different things, not just sat at a desk all day. Interaction with students and seeing them progress.

Advice to other technicians:

Share information and knowledge and ask for help when needed

Interests outside work:

Watching Moto GP, board games, crocheting and has a dog called Paul

Any kind of registration/ recognition where applicable (e.g. RSci, AFHEA):

Registered Scientist with the science council, Associate member of the Royal Society of Biology

Affiliateship of the City and Guilds Institute in London – Level 5 in Leadership and Management


About the Author

Tom Reed

Computer Technician and Software Engineer for the School of Computer Science.

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