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Staff in the Spotlight: Karen Snowden

March 15, 2019

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At Havant & South Downs College, we have a number of highly skilled, dedicated and passionate teaching staff.

These lecturers go above and beyond to help our students reach their full potential.

As part of British Science Week, we want to shout about our incredible Science lecturers, who are integral members of our HSDC community.

Today, we are recognising HNC Biological Sciences Course Manager Karen Snowdon.

How long have you worked at the College?

Nine years

Why did you choose the subject that you teach?

My work background is mainly in microbiology and biomedical science for a major local lifescience company. I knew the type of subjects that the awarding body would allow us to deliver and tailored these to local company needs.

What was your journey/training before coming to HSDC?

I studied Technology of Food at the Southbank University in London. I started Work for Coca Cola in Fareham in the QC lab, mainly doing microbiology. I them moved to Vimto in Southampton as Assistant Technical Manager. Due to factory closure I moved to Pall Europe for 18 years, working in a variety of laboratories including: microbiology, validation and medical, where I became a Senior Scientist. After a company restructure I came to Havant & South Downs College as a lab technician. The College saw a niche for me in industry led units on BTEC Level 3 medical and forensics, which has lead me to where I am today.

What is the highlight of your role at HSDC?

I like showcasing HSDC science at career, HE and STEM fairs, where we present what we do in College, such as growing viruses that kill bacteria – the public find that fascinating.

What kind of careers have your students gone on to do?

My Level 4 students are generally working in industry, the course helps with their promotion. The Level 3 students I teach often go on to nursing, biomedical science or pharmacy. We have several working in the labs in QA hospital.

What kind of opportunities are offered on your course?

Their are opportunities to attend talks by local employers and guest speakers. Their are visits to university open days, plus a chance to take on work experience and voluntary work at local hospitals and laboratories.

What three words would your students use to describe you?

Positive, enthusiastic and humorous.

Read about more of our fantastic teaching staff by clicking here.