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Video clip: Tamsin started at Oxford as an RCUK fellow in 2006 and described a ‘relatively straightforward course’ to professor.

So I was originally something called an RCUK fellow, which was a sort of tenure track position. So you were taken in and they were designed to recruit more junior people and you were given a slightly lower teaching load to begin with and then it ramped up over five years. And you were supposed to have more mentoring, more appraisals, more career support because it was supposed to be for people who were early in their career. And I certainly fell into that category. And then, so then after five years there was a review and I became a university lecturer as was, an associate professor as in new money, and then in what year, 2014, I was made Professor through the recognition of distinction exercise.


And how did you feel about that?




How did you feel about that?


Yes, no I was very pleased. I mean it’s a funny career structure here it doesn’t necessarily map onto everywhere else in the UK but yes, I was, I worked, I was very pleased. It was nice to feel that I was recognised in that way.


I mean it sounds like you, I mean you, you finished your PhD and then you got the Fellowship and then you moved the Fellowship here, and, which, which it sounds like you’ve had a straightforward course. Would you agree with that?


I think , yes I think I have. I have had a relatively straightforward course. And I always think about this when I didn’t have that, I didn’t have much of that period of uncertainty which many people have in that transition between PhD and getting a permanent position. So I had little bits of it with the Fellowship was four years, but I didn’t have what some people have where they have kind of a year of funding here, and two years there and they’re expected to show a lot of geographical mobility.