Human Studies Scientist
How did you end up in your current role?
I was a student at the University of Sheffield and did a year’s industrial placement here in research and development (R&D). It was a great introduction to what it is like to work in industry, and I was delighted to return as a full-time scientist after finishing my degree.
What were your priorities when applying for placements?
My main priority was to see as many different aspects of a business as possible, including running projects, working in a lab, writing reports and so on.
I have always been curious about why people behave the way they do, but when I was studying, everything was theoretical. During my placement this got translated into implemental behavioural science, a powerful tool that influences consumer behaviour.
Did you have any concerns about working for this industry?
I was naturally cautious about the controversy of the industry, but what stood out to me when applying to BAT was the ground-breaking research on harm reduction and potentially safer alternatives for smokers.