Spotlight on: Katy Glazer

Spotlight on: Katy Glazer

In this blog post we meet the newest member of the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre team. Katy is covering the Collaborations Engagement Manager post whilst Jessica is on maternity leave.

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What is your role and what does it involve?

I work alongside the Research Engagement Manager at University College London, based at the Royal Free Hospital. Together, we make up the outward facing part of the project team, with our technical colleagues working at the University of Nottingham.

Through developing partnerships with stakeholders in the biobanking sphere, I work to ensure the online Tissue Directory is accessible; enabling researchers to do impactful research. This involves work with funders, regulatory authorities and other biomedical groups.

How long have you been at the UKCRC TDCC and what did you do before?

I joined the team mid-September 2019, coming from a public engagement role at Birkbeck, University of London. Prior to that I have managed an education scheme for the Royal Society of Chemistry, developed event programmes at the Natural History Museum and I ran the STEM Ambassador volunteer network across Bristol and Bath.

Tell us about a project which is top of your to-do list.

I am currently making the web app for our annual UK Biobanking Showcase taking place in November. It provides delegates with agendas, maps and offers a space for online discussions – at least it will once I’ve created it!

What is the worst part of your job?

I’m honestly not sure yet as it’s still early days in the post! I would anticipate that the opportunistic, sometimes reactive, nature of our work means there may be very busy periods, which may be a little stressful.

What do you like about your job?

I like that no two days will be the same and that I get to work with a lot of inspiring people. I enjoy understanding other's priorities then mapping those to my own work; finding opportunities to collaborate.