Tell us about how you came to be here at Leeds
My PhD Supervisor in Provence had studied in York and recommended that I would benefit learning about approaches to Health Economics other than those traditionally followed in France. During my PhD I started visiting York every November so the winter weather did not come as a shock to me. Having had four years in Paris, I then got funding for a one year post-doc in York in 2007. I wanted to spend more time in Yorkshire. A role came up at Leeds and I liked the idea of joining the health economics team. We were like the new kids on the block, the Unit was full of opportunities and gave me the chance to blossom.
What does your role in the Institute involve?
I have three roles:
- Teaching I am the Programme Leader for the MSc in Health Economics and lecture on the Health Economics module
- Research I develop new research and advise clinicians and researchers on what health economics can bring to their study. I specialise in health economics research relating to children; mental health; complex interventions and muscular-skeletal. Among the projects I am involved with are SHIFT, ECO study, TIGA CUB and LP-Maestro.
- Management I line manage a number of colleagues and deputise for Claire Hulme our Head of Academic Unit.
What career advice would you give yourself if you could go back 10 years (or 5) ?
To tell myself not to worry. When you are immersed in a PhD it is very difficult to see it finishing but you do complete it. I would tell myself to trust in my ability to get it done and to just keep going.
What is your top tip for working effectively?
I make a lot of lists and then review and reprioritise. I also take regular breaks to make cups of tea, this helps me clear my brain so I can think through a problem. Start every day by deciding what you want to achieve before you go home, but make sure these are realistic goals! Dont immediately respond to non-urgent requests and turn off your email alerts to focus.
What advice would you give other colleagues?
For teaching students prefer a light hearted atmosphere. Be alert to when they begin to tire and try to build in breaks
What do you enjoy the most about your role?
I enjoy mentoring; people trust me and feel free to come to ask me for help and advice. I like to feel that I am useful.
What do you think are the benefits of Athena Swan?
Athena Swan has given me the opportunity to suggest improvements in the institute. It is a shame that we need these initiatives as in an ideal world there would be equality of opportunity regardless of gender or other characteristics. You dont necessarily get automatic career advancement by just doing an excellent job, Athena Swan reminds people to promote and disseminate their work and to apply for promotion.
Where do we find you?
Room 1.18 in Charles Thackrah building although I work in LIDA one day a week and we will be moving to the Worsley Building after Christmas.
Whats your most frequently asked question?
Can I ask you something? Or I wonder whether there could be a need for a bit of Health Economics in here
What do you do to relax?
I bake and cook a lot. I volunteer two nights a month at a Leeds Bread Cooperative (6 pm to 1 am), it helps me develop my baking skills and I get to take a loaf of bread home at the end of a shift.