PhD Health Sciences and Sport
Having achieved her undergraduate and Masters degrees at Stirling, Claire Eades was in no doubt over where she wanted to work towards her PhD.
The 33-year-old was working for the NHS when she applied for the PhD, which focused on the risk of Type 2 diabetes in high risk groups and resulted in five published papers.
She said: “I was drawn by the great experiences I had at Stirling previously – the supportive staff, the beautiful campus and the opportunity to study alongside like-minded people and develop different areas of expertise.”
Claire, who was the first in her family to go to university, registered for her PhD in 2011 and – after taking a year of maternity leave to start a family – submitted in 2018. During this time, she was appointed as a lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport – and she is grateful to her supervisors, colleagues and family for their support.
“It has been invaluable,” Claire, from Falkirk, continued. “Juggling a PhD, a job, and then starting a family has – without doubt – been stressful, but I have received great guidance.
“My supervisors were very supportive and really understanding about my circumstances. I was given the confidence to believe I could achieve my PhD while maintaining a work-life balance. The support, encouragement and belief has been vital.”
Claire, who describes her time at Stirling as “fun, challenging and happy”, will continue working at the University after graduating.