"I felt very comfortable studying at Abertay because I found my lecturers very approachable, engaging and dedicated to ensuring I achieved my degree."Tiffany Pietrek | Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). | Senior Biomedical Scientist
I enjoyed my time at Abertay. It is very central and easily accessible. I felt very comfortable studying here because I found my lecturers very approachable, engaging and dedicated to ensuring I achieved my degree. I had achieved an HND in Biological Science at Fife College. Because of this qualification and Fife College’s links with Abertay, it allowed me to enter third year. This meant I could keep my Biomedical Support Worker job and still live close to my family and friends.
Attending a University that provides an accredited degree greatly helped my access to becoming a Biomedical Scientist. The ability to complete my registration portfolio in the third year meant I had already taken the initial steps required for HCPC registration. Without my accredited degree and completion of my registration portfolio in third year, I would not be where I am today. I have very fond memories of Abertay. I made some good friends along the way, many of whom I still keep in touch with.
Now, I’m part of a senior team responsible for the smooth running of the lab. My role involves people management, such as staff rosters, annual leave, appraisals and training. Problem solving can be required to resolve unexpected issues with analysers. To ensure the laboratory and staff remain GMP compliant, I’m required to use the quality management system to produce and review Standard Operating Procedures, perform audits and raise and manage incidents, as well as completion of validation work. I actively participate in our Lean Six Sigma culture, and am involved in the management of these projects within the lab. I’ve created scientific posters for conferences/journal articles, which helps me to maintain continuous professional development. I am a STEM ambassador and have been invited to talk about Biomedical Science at school events and at career networking days. I’m very passionate about my current ambassador status to aid in public engagement of Biomedical Science. I provide support to BMS staff in building n current knowledge and skills for personal and career development opportunities. I feel that my role positively impacts on a wide variety of people within the lab and I use it to support and encourage staff to build on their current roles and our service users of SNBTS.