Outside of my academic career I have spent a large amount of time with the Army Cadet Force both in Dyfed & Glamorgan and Oxfordshire since June 2008.
As a Lt, I am responsible for coordinating training at detachment level. Having newly completed my First Aid at Work Instructor Qualification, I am now responsible for training cadets and adults in First Aid during vacations and am part of our county First Aid training team.
My other duties within the ACF include coordinating Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions and training, running ranges indoors and outdoors, weapons training and coordinating field exercise training alongside the pastoral care of the cadets under my contorl.
In June 2016 I was awarded my Certificate for good service. This is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment above and beyond the necessary. This is awarded by our officer commanding for the brigade.
I have always had a keen passion for promoting more women in STEM and have undertaken a variety of projects. As a computer science ambassador for the unviersity I spend a huge amount of time working on a variety of projects includingour highlighted "Women in CS" event in May.
Outside of my academic teaching commitments I also do extra work to try and share my passion for Maths and Computer Science through the A Level tuition I provide and my role as a code first girls instructor.
I have worked alongside the OCR exam board to help create a progression suite of Digital Security qualification for part time students to undertake to improve their Cyber literacy levels. The work involved speaking with other industry experts as well as educationalists in order to create an interesting and educational set of examinations. These sites are set to go live in February 2016.
As part of my role as an army cadet force officer, I was successful in gaining a place on Exercise Lion Club Harambee in which I was part of a group of 10 instructors who travelled to Sagana, Kenya from the 6th to the 22nd July 2014. During this exercise I conducted outreach work in the area and helped build a new classroom for the school from scratch.
Here are a collection of photos from my time in Kenya along with a video highlighting the work completed in Sagana created by Laurence Bowes who was part of the construction team.