Next up to reveal all  in this increasingly occasional series is Graham, the TRAIN Programme Manager. Graham has the unenviable job of trying to keeping up with everything that is going on within the consortium, making sure that the rules are followed, workshops are organised and the problems solved. Here is some  insight into what makes him tick.

1) What is one thing you couldn’t live without?

Space. And by that I mean the ability to escape and  get far away from  crowds, traffic and noise.

2) What do you like best about working in the TRAIN programme?

Helping the PIs and ESRs to achieve their scientific goals free of the burden of administrative and organisational tasks. Well, that  and  seeing the ESRs develop their knowledge and confidence over the last three years

3) Where/when are you happiest?

I’m torn between two situations here. One would be sitting in front of the fire at home with a beer in hand after a long day out in the hills; the other would be solo climbing  up and down Stanage Edge  on a warm spring evening with just the sound of curlews  as accompaniament.

4) What are your three most overused words/phrases?

“What a good girl” (to the dog, she’s a star), “F@!%ing lying bastards” ( every time I watch a Brexit feature on the news), “Sorry, I don’t have my glasses on”

5) What’s your favourite drink?

At the moment a fine Pale Ale but nothing beats a dram of Bruichladdich Port Charlotte

6) What was the last concert/gig you attended?

Stereolab at the Leadmill in Sheffield in August 2019. Finest English-French avant pop music.

7) Dog, cat or other?


Dog, most definitely dog. Isla, our 8 month old Springer Spaniel is a joy.

8) Best place you have visited

For the city vibe, San Fransisco. For the scenery a toss up between New Zealand and Iceland

9) Worst place you have ever visited?

The most disappointing would be Malta. Dirty and scruffy with the few beauty spots horribly crowded and overcommercialised.

10) Best thing about where you live?

Sheffield isn’t called “the Outdoor City” for nothing. Being able to get out to the Peak District in minutes is priceless.

11) Best thing about where you work?

Being able to do things my way.

12) What would be the title of your autobiography?

Lucky Bastard

13) If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Play an instrument well. Love music but never had the patience (or ear) to learn.

14) What is your most hated chore?

Ironing shirts. Now thankfully a once a month experience.

15) What three things could the world do without?

Politicians without a shred of integrity (F@$^ing lying bastards); greed; intolerance (yes, I get the irony, but they deserve it)

16) Science is great because…?

It teaches rationality, which is sadly lacking in the world today.

17) What is the closest thing to real magic you have seen?

World class gymnastic routines.

18) What film/movie do you never tire of watching?

Apocolypse Now. Yet to see the Imax version so that’s another one to look forward to.

19) What is the most useful skill you’ve gained so far in your PhD project?

In my role a Programme Manager, subtle persuasion

20) What scares you?

My body failing me.I’ve been lucky so far but  being fit and healthy should not be taken for granted.