Developing the next generation of IB employees is a priority for the IBioIC Skills Team and I am excited to welcome four new recruits to the Centre, who will be working with us over the summer.

I’d like to welcome Maja Dolny (Skills Team), Emily Cartmell (FlexBio and RapidBio Equipment Centres), ShuShan Lee (Commercial Team) and Megan Gemmell (Technical team), each will play a part in IBioIC progressing with its Phase II deliverables.

I’ve hired them through the ScotGrad Life Sciences Internship programme, which has been a fantastic mechanism for recruiting high-calibre undergraduate students.  They could be studying any life sciences degree, which is ideal from an IB perspective because the sector covers such a broad range of disciplines.  In my experience, all students have been self-starters, motivated and brimming with initiative having opted to set themselves apart from their peers by securing a summer placement.

Over the next few weeks they will be blogging about their experience and I anticipate they will have a seamless transition given that we are fortunate to still have three of our previous Interns working with us around their studies.      

Cristian Halati, Skills Intern in 2018, said; “I was pleased and relieved to find the day-to-day reality of working as an Intern at IBioIC is far removed from the coffee-making, photocopying cliché. I was treated no differently to any other colleague or co-worker.  I was given considerable levels of responsibility and autonomy to prioritise my own workload and I was supported and encouraged to use my own initiative when approaching various tasks and projects.
Within two weeks of starting, I led on the organisation of IBioIC’s Pharmaceutical Day, an informational event aimed at a large group of undergraduate students visiting from China as part of the annual Strathclyde Summer School. This was the biggest project I worked on, and I spent six weeks planning and preparing for.  I was given full control to organise a range of workshops and guest speakers, and collaborate with the other interns to prepare presentations and a tour of IBioIC’s Rapid Bio laboratory facilities, as well as some fun activities.
I was involved in a number of tasks which strengthened and improved my skillset; from analytical and data reporting skills, organisational and project management skills, through to public speaking.  I developed new creative skills, through developing marketing content, creating infographics and course flyers, copywriting material, and collaborating with the other IBioIC Interns to deliver an informational video titled “Introduction to Industrial Biotechnology” which was used at the IBioIC Phase II Business Launch and 2019 Annual Conference, viewed by large audiences.”


Gillian McGill, Placement and Training Coordinator (Skills Team), said; “within a few weeks of him starting, I felt confident in Cristian using his initiative and being empowered to take ownership of tasks unsupervised. We’d schedule regular meetings to ensure that he was receiving the support and feedback he required from me, and also so I was fully aware of the progress he was making and any feedback he wanted to give me”.


by Rachel Clarke, Skills Programme Manager