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Scott Cunningham, PhD

Hometown: Dundee

"There are so many enthusiasts in the School that if you’re struggling for motivation, you will quickly get back on track. " - Scott Cunningham, PhD

"When I was interviewed for a new diabetes research project, which is now the NHS Scotland electronic medical record for diabetes, I was assured that there was the possibility of doing a PhD whilst working full-time.

“I am now a member of staff at the University of Dundee and I have been lucky enough to be able to co-ordinate my research activities around my ‘day job’, which involves delivering clinical services for people with diabetes.

“I feel privileged that my work and research has positively impacted on the lives of people with diabetes across Scotland. This in itself provides me with the motivation to continue to aid the delivery of life changing services for patients.

“There are so many enthusiasts in the School that if you’re struggling for motivation, you will quickly get back on track. You can discuss your plans with your peers, even if they are working in a completely different discipline, and you’ll be amazed by the insights they can give you.

“Having recently graduated, I now plan to continue a split role between clinical service delivery and research, but I aim to be self-sustaining through research grant funding within one year. New and innovative interventions for patients interest me, and I’m keen to see that people are given the necessary tools to improve their wellbeing and minimise unnecessary complications of long-term conditions.”


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