Women who win feature
Ruth Morgan is the first Professor of Crime and Forensic Science at UCL. She is passionate about promoting women in STEM careers, and was named one of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 21 Young Scientists of 2019.
How I got my job... as a professor of crime and forensic science
"There is a set idea of what a scientist looks like...but hopefully that is changing"
I realised that working with the police or the law wasn't the only way to help create a more effective justice system - I could do so by researching how to better interpret forensic science evidence. Science can do so much if we ask the right questions.
"Success is rarely something that ‘just happens’, so having that vision that keeps you persevering is really important.
I’m also very aware that it’s rare for anyone to achieve anything without the help and belief of others. Find those people who inspire you, and don’t be afraid to take a risk and try something new."
The COVID-19 pandemic, according to Morgan, has demonstrated that science can successfully contribute to policymaking during a crisis. However, there are several challenges still to face if science is to become a standard part of public policy, “not just when there’s a crisis, but as a culture.” To assure a place for science “at the table, rather than on tap”, Morgan believes that a broad, interdisciplinary approach is required, bringing together individuals with a variety of tools and skillsets embracing the 'genius of the AND'
“Science shouldn’t be done to people, it needs to be done with people”.
"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it."