March started in the beautiful Berlin, It was my second time in the city and I could easily see myself living in Berlin in later years. This time I went with my Dad as it was his first time back in Germany since he was born there over 60 years ago. It was really amazing to be there for my Dad and also show him everything I loved about the city, as well as visiting some new places like the Spy Museum and going to the roof of the Reichstag Building.

I got back into the country on the 6th and went straight to work at the PGR Fair, I worked on the social media for the event and was also on hand to talk to students who were interested in potentially taking postgraduate studies at the university. It was great to be able to talk to students and staff at the event and I even managed to wangle the much debated ‘scon’ or ‘scone’ debate.

In March I also attended an event on International Women’s Day in Manchester around ‘Getting Girls into Science’ – the event was held at the Museum of Science and Industry and was a conversation between influential STEM figures including ScienceGrrl Director, Dr Heather Williams; Damon De Ionno, Managing Director of Revealing Reality research agency and Dr Jessica Wade from the WISE Young Women’s Board and Women in Engineering Council. The conversation was very interesting and highlighted some key perceptional points that are often swept under the rug in marketing campaigns.

In personal news I also adopted a beautiful male collie-cross rescue dog from Romania, the little guy is called “Stitch” inspired by Lilo and Stitch as he is a little monster of destruction but also capable of being incredibly cute and lovable. He’s settling into the family beautifully and finding his place in the home. He’s already learnt so much so quickly and I’m really looking forward to seeing how much he grows in months to come.

I also finally attended the TAPP course that is open to all postgraduates at the University of Huddersfield. I absolutely loved the course and it has provided an insight into how I can provide the most valuable experience for my future students. I wrote a blog for the University of Huddersfield website about the experience that I would recommend giving it a read if you are interested in partaking in the TAPP training in future.

I also attended presentations from the IET on professional membership and a GDPR Technical Workshop in Bradford organised by the YCSC (Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster), where I met Melanie Oldham, owner and founder of Bob’s Business and I’m proud to say that I have recently joined her team as a cyber security content writer.

Hopefully, April will be relativelty laid back by comparison! We will see!

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