PhD Alumna Shortlisted for the 2022 Being Edinburgh Award

Chemistry graduate among alumni finalists recognised for their passion, drive and brilliance.

Congratulations to School of Chemistry PhD alumna Judith Nicholson, who has been shortlisted for the Being Edinburgh Award. She joins 3 other finalists in an online vote to decide this year’s winner.

The Being Edinburgh Award was created to recognise alumni achievements and stories. It celebrates former University of Edinburgh students who are making a difference in ways that aren't always visible, but whose actions positively affect others.

After an initial career in cancer research labs (something that she had dreamed of doing since her days as a student at Edinburgh), Judith took a career leap and accepted a position with a small biotechnology company. However, her time with them proved to be short lived. The company became a victim of the Covid-19 pandemic, and quickly folded.

Now jobless, it was a naturally difficult time for Judith, but rather than dwell on her own situation, she threw herself into helping her own community around Witney in Oxfordshire. She volunteered with the Witney Land Army, cycling around her town giving food to vulnerable people. She also talked to them and listened to their stories. It was then that something clicked – Judith wanted to combine her love of words and people with her love of science.  Now’s she’s doing just that as editor of iScience Journal, telling powerful stories and inspiring new interest in science.

University of Edinburgh students, alumni and staff can vote online until 10 March 2022. The winner will be announced at the EUSA Student Awards on 24 March 2022.

Show your support for Judith by voting via MyEd, and share the news using #VoteJudithBeingEdinburgh.

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