Curriculum Vitae

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Education

University of Edinburgh 2015-2019

PhD Science and Technology Studies (in progress): Thesis title, "Do you even lift, bro?" Constructing and negotiating expertise and authority in online fitness and nutrition communities". 

MSc Science and Technology Studies (distinction): Dissertation (84%); Core Quantitative Data Analysis (87%); Science, Knowledge and Expertise (78%); Research Design (78%); Advanced Theories in STS (78%); Internet, Society and Economy (75%); Data Collection (62%)

Churchill College, University of Cambridge 2011-2015

MSci Natural Sciences - History and Philosophy of Science; dissertation title "Delegating Diagnosis to Computers: IBM's Watson and the 'Responsibility Gap'" (72%)

BA (Hons) Natural Sciences (double Class I)

Part II History and Philosophy of Science (Class I, 73%): Ethics and Politics of Science (78%); Metaphysics and Epistemology of the Sciences (75%); Science and Technology from 1900 (73%); Medicine since 1750 (70%)

Part IB (Class I, 70%): History and Philosophy of Science (77%); Experimental Psychology (71%); Pathology (62%)

Part IA Pre-Clinical Medicine (Class II.i, 64%)

American Academy Paphos (Cyprus) 2005-2011

A Levels: Chemistry (A*); Biology (A*); Mathematics (A*); English Literature (A*); Politics and Government (A)

IGCSEs: 9A*, A, B


Employment

Postgraduate Tutor - School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh (2016-)

Tutoring undergraduate subjects in Sociology and Social Policy, including Sociology 1A and 1B, Social Policy and Society, and Politics of the Welfare State. I teach on average five groups per semester, each of which ranges from 10-15 students. Each course has 10-11 tutorials, and my feedback from students has been universally positive, winning me the 2017 Edinburgh University Students' Association Teaching Award for Best Student who Tutors. This also involves marking and giving feedback on students' essays and exams at regular intervals.

Private Tutoring (2010-)

I have tutored from Key Stage 3 up to postgraduate level. Subjects include English, Maths, and Science up to GCSE, A-Level Biology and Chemistry, and undergraduate/postgraduate level critical thinking and writing skills. References from past and current clients, as well as availability and pricing available on request.

Mentor - Debate Mate (2015-16)

Teaching children aged 11-15 to communicate their ideas effectively, build up their confidence, and learn how to construct and present arguments in a logical and persuasive manner. 

Calling Campaign, Churchill College (2014)

Calling up members of the college to maintain relations with alumni and secure financial support for the college's Annual Fund.

Medicine Lecturer, Kingdom Education (2013)

Summer employment, involved giving introductory medical lectures to 12-18 year old students interested in pursuing the subject at university. Involved preparing my own lessons and materials, as well as giving and marking students' homework.

Project Worker, Kenya Education Partnerships (2012)

I spent the summer of 2012 in a remote region of Kenya near Kakamega, investing £1600 (money I personally fundraised) in textbooks and computers to improve the infrastructure of an impoverished rural secondary school, as well as educating students on health, gender equality and other topics not adequately covered in the school curriculum.


Activities and Interests

President, Cambridge Union Society (Michaelmas 2014)

I was a trustee-director ini charge of a £9.5m charity, and elected President of the oldest continually running debating society in the world, as well as the largest student society at the University of Cambridge. From June-December 2014 I planned and executed a term's worth of events, including weekly debates on a range of topics, each of which had ~6 high profile guest speakers, as well as 25 individual guest speakers including Robert Downey Jr, Pussy Riot and Alec Baldwin, and a ball run on a £10,000 budget for 600 people. I managed a team of ~50 student volunteers and ten full-time paid staff, overseeing recruitment of over 1000 new members, press, publicity, event management and guest liaison. In addition, I chaired the weekly debates (videos available at the Cambridge Union Society YouTube channel), and interviewed multiple guests during my time as Executive Officer, including Frank Turner and the Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub (the latter of which also involved managing multiple security teams and a protest from the Palestinian Society).

Debate Editor & Columnist, Cambridge Tab (2013-2014)

I solicited, edited, wrote and published 4-5 articles per week for the country's most-read student newspaper. These included my own articles about mental health in Cambridge in which I discussed my own depression and attempted to begin conversations about service provision and pressures upon students at the university. I still write periodically about mental health. My articles about freedom of speech, No Platform policies and the "right to offend" have resulted in my involvement in multiple national conversations on these topics, including appearances on BBC Radio 4 and at the Oxford Union (the latter of which has earned me a number of death threats and various other forms of online harassment).

Competitive Debating (2012-present)

I have extensive experience in both speaking and judging. I was on the convening team for the Cambridge Intervarsity Competition in 2012 and 2013, which is one of the largest debating competitions in the world. I won the Transatlantic Debating Championships in 2013, the Aberdeen Open in 2016, and Maynooth Open in 2017, and have reached the finals of numerous competitions as well as reaching the knock-out rounds of the European Universities Debating Championships. I have judged debates from schools level up to the knock-out rounds of the world championships, going as far as Dubai to judge schools debating, Russia to be the Chief Adjudicator of the Moscow Open, a university-level tournament, and Greece to judge the World Universities Debating Championships. I also toured the east coast of the USA with the Cambridge Union in 2015, speaking at numerous universities in a variety of debates. I teach competitive debating at the Edinburgh University Debates Union, hosting training sessions from 1-3 times a week on a variety of topics.