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Hannah Beska

Technician

School of Science & Technology

Role

Hannah is a Physical Chemistry Technical Specialist and works in Chemistry within the Rosalind Franklin Building at NTU’s Clifton Campus.

She delivers Physical Chemistry labs for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year Undergraduates and helps project students both in Term and over Summer.

She also assists with the training of Research staff on specialist equipment in her specialist area.

During practical laboratories she demonstrates Physical Chemistry techniques and Analytical equipment to the students.

She trains Laboratory Apprentices and colleagues in Chemistry related techniques and on Analytical equipment.

She is involved in the writing and review of Process and Risk Assessments, COSHH and Technical requirement for the Laboratory she works in.

She also reviews and changes the Laboratory experiments in conjunction with the Academic staff in advance of Term.

Career overview

Hannah has 10 years working as a Technician in a Higher Education Science.

She successfully completed her 4 year Apprenticeship in Applied Chemistry In Industry at the University of Nottingham in 2015, and then worked as an Analytical Technician in the Chemical & Environmental Engineering department for a further 4 years.

She acted as Laboratory Supervisor for 5 Laboratories over 2 buildings where she inducted, trained, ordered consumables/chemicals and reviewed H&S documentation for Research/Undergraduates/Post Docs/PHD's and Academic Staff. She was involved in the review of Process and Risk Assessments for the Department.

She delivered 1st and 3rd year Undergraduate Laboratories, and helped with the design and development of new experiments for the Teaching course including learning DoE (Design of Experiment) and statistics. She managed groups of 4th year and MSc projects  within both Term and Summer which included the training of them on Analytical equipment, sample preparation and data analysis.

She trained Laboratory Apprentices in Chemistry Techniques and on Analytical equipment and became their Mentor throughout their apprenticeship.

She was also involved in Outreach events to promote STEM to young people, and visited schools to get them to solve problems via the use of a practical.

For the past 3 years Hannah has worked within Chemistry and Biochemistry at NTU and has recently been promoted to Physical Chemistry Technician where she is responsible for delivering all of the Physical Chemistry laboratories on the Chemistry course here at NTU.

She is responsible for specialist Physical Chemistry equipment such as DLS and DSA in the ISTeC building and trains both students and Research staff on these pieces of kit.

Press expertise

Hannah was proud to be involved in the #notjustforboys campaign, to promote Women in the STEM subjects.

She was also interviewed by Chemistry World as part of their "Chemists amid Coronavirus" web series.