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Interview excerpt: When Alison started her career in surgery she became more interested in research, and to become a senior registrar she had to have a higher degree.

Okay, well, I come from a family of doctors. So I was obviously interested in medicine. But I suppose when I was about 17 I decided it was a good way to get a broader education, so that really is why I applied to medical school. I had a lot of other interests, literary, languages, science but that was the main reason why I applied to do, to do medicine.

So then what sparked your interest in academia and research?

Well in Southampton I suppose I found their fourth year project quite interesting because everyone had to spend eight months doing a research project which could be qualitative, quantitative, in any department in medicine but had to be something to do with medicine. It was part of the course, so I enjoyed that. I wouldn’t say I was specifically interested in research at that stage so it’s not really until I started my career in surgery where I became more interested; everybody had to do something and at that stage if you wanted to get a Senior Registrar job, which was the pathway to becoming a Consultant, you had to have a higher degree.