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Oliver Steels

Teaching Support Technician, Faculty of Science



Graduated from the University of Nottingham with an BSc in Genetics (2:1) in 2015. Graduated from the University of Nottingham with a MSc in Clinical Microbiology (Distinction) which is IBMS accredited in 2016. Now working as a teaching support technician for the School of Biosciences, in particular running the practical classes for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences course and assisting with elements of the Food Microbiology degree.

Since June 2017 I have been part of The University of Nottingham's Technical Focus Group (TFG) with a view to providing a mechanism and network for technicians to share information, resources and expertise across the University. Within this role I also assist with the groups' communications across various University platforms and websites.

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Expertise Summary

Work I completed for my MSc project was published in June's edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases. I was part of a team working on Meningococcal carriage amongst University students under the supervision of Dr. David Turner and Dr. Neil Oldfield. I am beginning the Associate Teachers' Programme (ATP) in October 2017 and also working towards becoming a Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) by the end of year.

The molecular biology skills I have gained expertise in through my studies and now work include PCR, bacterial culture work and I have experience of DNA sequencing and yeast culturing. Upon starting my current role I'm gaining an increasing understanding of Environmental Science and concepts such as Environmental Pollution after attending a field course to the Czech Republic in September 2017 and assisting with sampling and lab work in Autumn semester.

Recent Publications

During my time as a student with The University of Nottingham I was heavily involved with my course based society, Biology Society (BioSoc). In my 2nd year of my undergraduate degree I took up the Treasurer role in the committee and managed the societys finances as well as helping other members with their roles where needed. In my third year I then took up the Presidents' role. Organising large events, offering multiple sports teams and personal development related activities for students in the society and helping the society maintain its Gold Society Award, the highest available, from the University of Nottingham Student's Union.

In my 1st and 2nd year of University I also carried out a role as a student blogger on the University's blogging platform. The articles I posted typically related to student life, from my first experiences as a fresher and learning what the city and the University had to offer, to then joining the Welcome Week Team in 2nd year and using my experience to offer guidance and tips to prospective students through my blogs and the University's twitter platform.

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