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Professor Catherine Bowen


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From post-doc to present day.
Presentation for the NIHR CLAHRC National Conference Careers Day: for postdoc research careers in the allied health professions

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Professor Catherine Bowen

  1. 1. CLAHRC career development event Prof Catherine Bowen Professor in Podiatry 1 Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton. 2 Honorary Lecturer, University of Oxford 3 Research Fellow, National Institute for Health Research
  2. 2. Acknowledgements Prof Catherine Bowen is currently funded by a Fellowship from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Her research is a summary of independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)’s Fellowship Programme. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.
  3. 3. My honest story!  challenging 3  rewarding  highs  lows  Change perspective
  4. 4. The Blackpool years 4 1987 - 1996
  5. 5. Becoming an expert clinician 5 1987 - 1996 Top up degree BSc Hons 1992 Masters degree MSc 1996
  6. 6. Becoming a scholar 6 1996 -2003 Megan born 1999
  7. 7. Becoming a researcher 7 2003 - 2009 PhD 2009
  8. 8. Traditional route to clinical academia for AHPs 10 to 15 years?
  9. 9. Becoming a Professor in Podiatry 9 2016
  11. 11. Wise words?
  12. 12. “Why waste energy complaining? Why not get involved and make change happen yourself?” “If not you, then who?”  People  Place  Project
  13. 13. Great Mentors 13
  14. 14. 14 Great Teams
  15. 15. “Our portfolio is unique in Podiatry, in that, research and enterprise activities are inherently interlinked with our education activities through our on-going commitment to academic achievement, leadership and knowledge dissemination of our field”. Part of world Leading Podiatry Research & Education at Southampton:-
  16. 16. Sustainable impact in development of new investigators • By developing a critical mass of intern alumni. • Further developing the interns’ Facebook, blog, and café-like forum to promote self support. • Some previous interns return yearly to discuss their experiences to the new interns. • Impact is excellent. 16
  17. 17. Its up to you … 17 • Find your thing (niche area) • Take charge of your career path • Find great mentors • Work with great teams • Be proactive • Stay true to your values “Never forget where you have come from” (Take That, 1995)