A magical journey through research
Beatrice joined the Research and Innovation Services (RIS) team as a Research Project Assistant at the University of Bath during the lockdown in May 2021.
Currently working across the departments of Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Computer Science, Beatrice provides essential administrative support to a range of diverse EU and UKRI-funded research projects. From servicing meetings and monitoring spending to writing newsletters and organising public engagement events - no two days are the same.
Over the past twelve months, Beatrice has supported Research Project Managers working across the WIRC (Water Innovation and Research Centre), WISE (Water Informatics Science and Engineering) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), and the GW4 WSA (Water Security Alliance) consortium projects.
I love that every day is different.
I act as the main liaison between academics and research staff and help them with whatever they need. I’m a go-between – a steady, reliable point of contact for Research Project Managers who are dealing with hundreds of projects.
Most people working in office jobs tend to do the same thing every day, but I love the fact that I’m working on lots of fascinating research projects (sometimes seven at a time) and always learning something new.
With a BA in English and a Masters in Art, Literature and Culture from Royal Holloway, Beatrice joined Bath after completing her funded PhD in Literature whilst working as an Undergraduate Marketing Administrator at the University of Portsmouth.
I was always a really big reader from a young age and at school, I was keen to learn as much as possible about books. I became captivated by Victorian fiction through the works of Dickens and Trollope - and the rest is history.
My love of reading and studying and examining texts has given me the critical reading skills I now use in my day job.
Inspired by the “overly dramatic” autobiographies of rival magicians in the 19th-century, Beatrice’s doctoral studies into stage magician autobiographies and representations of conjuring in Victorian literature became her next passion.