Alumni Conrad Godwin

Conrad Godwin is an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Prize Fellow at the University of Manchester, and works in Inorganic Chemistry. As an academic researcher, he has completed his studies and now has his own funding with which to pursue his independent research. We asked him what he most enjoys about his current role, and where he sees himself in 10 years’ time.

What do you most enjoy about your current role?

Independence via my own funding allows me to have far more control over my research than if I had followed a traditional Post Doc route under another academic.

Why did you decide to stay in higher education after completing your undergraduate degree?

My fourth-year MChem project really opened my eyes to the research environment. I thoroughly enjoyed it so decided to carry on. I haven’t regretted any of it.

Why did you pick The University of Manchester?

It was one of the few places in the UK where synthetic chemistry and the study of the actinides was happening, and I decided that was the type of research I wanted to do.

What did you most enjoy about your research?

Making new molecules and finding out what we can get them to do!

What did you most enjoy about living and studying in Manchester?

Manchester has the vibrancy of a big European city, but it’s still small enough to get around comfortably on public transport or a bike; this freedom is really important to me.

How did you fund your study, and do you believe it to have been a worthwhile investment?

I was funded by a doctoral training partnership with the University and the EPSRC. I believe these were worthwhile investments in my current and future career.

Manchester is one of the best equipped universities for my area of research.

What do you think was the most valuable aspect of choosing to study at The University of Manchester?  

Manchester is one of the best equipped universities for my area of research. If I had chosen to pursue a similar PhD programme elsewhere, I would have missed out on using the equipment that I need.

How do you anticipate your qualification will help you in your career?

It is invaluable, as I couldn’t continue on my current career path without it.

What advice would you give to students hoping to pursue a similar career path?

PhDs are hard work - they are long, and you may feel like you haven’t done enough. Be proactive and pay attention to what you need to get done, not what others are doing.

What are your career ambitions and what do you hope to be doing and achieving in 10 years’ time?

I would like to be a Research Fellow at one of the UK’s respected research-intensive universities with my own small research group.

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