“I am proud that my research formed one of the largest and richest cohorts in ANCA-associated Vasculitis”

  “My work is made possible due to the rich data linkage capacity in NHS Scotland. This means that we can use anonymised patient records to follow individuals’ interactions within the NHS. I am using these data to follow the healthcare journeys of patients with ANCA-associated Vasculitis in order to improve their treatment and quality of life.

   ANCA-associated vasculitis is a rare, life-threatening disorder involving blood vessels. It is almost always fatal without treatment and patients need to go on lifelong toxic treatments. This means that, although patients are able to live longer, they have to live with a poor quality of life. My research is important and highly topical as the quality of life for these patients is now at the forefront of the research in the field. I am proud that I was able to work with one of the largest cohorts in  ANCA- Associated Vasculitis."

   “The Doctors and Clinicians here are pioneers in their field”

   “I fell in love with Scotland while I was previously studying in Edinburgh. I knew that there was this great data linkage capacity in Scotland which made it the ideal location to conduct research. The University of Aberdeen is very well known for their work in data linkage and I was attracted to the University by the quality of the research here. I am lucky to be based at the Foresterhill campus. It is one of the biggest health care campuses in Europe which provides me with great a range of opportunities to conduct world-class research and meet leaders in their field. The Doctors and Clinicians here are pioneers in their field. The campus is well connected to the city. There is a shuttle bus that is free for students and staff that makes commuting easy.”

  “I would recommend being an active part of AUSA to any PhD student”

  “Being active in AUSA (Aberdeen University Students’ Association) has really helped me integrate into the University and the city. In my first year at the University, I was a member of the Yad’am society that aims to help refugees. The BP mentoring scheme has also helped me promote the importance of science in the community. After receiving training, I was able to volunteer at a local primary school by helping the teachers with science lessons as well as providing fun demonstrations. I would recommend being an active part of AUSA to any PhD student. Without lectures and tutorials during a PhD, AUSA provides a great way to meet new people.”

 “I love the size of Aberdeen. It has all the benefits of a city while remaining intimate like a town”

 “Aberdeen has excellent amenities with the train station, airport and road links being great for travelling. I love the size of Aberdeen. It has all the benefits of a city while remaining intimate like a town. The city has evolved even in the three years that I have been here. There is a vibrant art and cultural scene in Aberdeen. I love Slam poetry and when I first arrived in Aberdeen there wasn’t much available to me. However, this has since changed and the city has become a real cultural hub. His Majesty's Theatre regularly has impressive shows on. On a smaller scale The Lemon Tree holds a Play, a Pie and a Pint shows on a regularly basis.”