Laura-Alexandra Smith

Laura-Alexandra Smith

What does your current job involve?

Currently I train Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassadors within a science communication and public engagement team at the University of Glasgow.

I ensure they are prepared before going out to schools and that the material delivered is aimed at an appropriate level. I’m responsible for the Advisory Network side of the contract and visit 150 secondary schools in the West of Scotland on a 12 monthly basis.

I engage with multinational companies to encourage them to become part of the STEM Ambassador scheme and attend parliamentary functions and other STEM gatherings around Scotland. I like that no day is ever the same.


How important was your Abertay degree in helping you to pursue your career?

My degree course at Abertay was important in helping me towards pursuing the career I desired. The placement scheme was also invaluable and helped me advance as I gained real life experience working for ten weeks to compliment my degree.

During my placement, I worked as a Health and Wellbeing Development Officer at a local authority based at Education HQ. This gave me a real sense of how local authorities engage with communities and how education is delivered on an authority-wide level.

I had the opportunity to interact with elected members of the local authority, Education Scotland, Sports Scotland the NHS Community Healthcare Partnership, and others. I was expected to behave and deliver deadlines, like any employee, and because of that I never felt like 'just a student!'


What was your most memorable moment as a student?

My most memorable moment was when fellow students and I set up the Food Science and Nutrition Society. The week before Christmas, a colleague and I walked around Abertay collecting money to donate to the Dundee Food Bank, which was run in tandem with the food donation box in the union. Due to the generosity of the staff and students we raised £300 for the food bank in just a few hours.