Amy Rattenbury is a senior lecturer in Forensic Science and is passionate about providing accessible learning opportunities and promoting science education particularly to women.
Student, Paige Tynan says, “When I look back, I was shy, I lacked confidence. At school I was told I’d fail my science exams; it was a subject I’d always been keen on and wanted a career in science. I enrolled on a foundation degree, after a rocky start I started to feel this was exactly where I was supposed to be. I’m now a first-class honours graduate in Forensic Science and I haven’t looked back. I’ve started a doctorate and Amy has inspired me to teach alongside her.”
Public engagement is also a major focus of the work that Amy does, promoting science education with the local community and encouraging students to get involved with outreach work too. This includes short courses and public lectures to ignite interest and break down barriers. Amy says, “I pride myself on my flexible, inclusive and accessible strategies to teaching and learning. I also provide wider support to Glyndwr as a Union Learning Rep. I’m the Wales UCU Women’s officer and a mentor to archaeologist and trainee teachers”.
“I would encourage anyone thinking about going back to education to make the most of the current climate. So much is being made available online often free, so grab it with both hands. Once you find a subject you love, it can change your life.”