Professor Karen Mattick
Professor of Medical Education
"I joined the predecessor of the College of Medicine & Health in 2002 and have been actively involved in both education and research since that time. I was one of a small team involved in the early development and implementation of the brand new medical curriculum for Peninsula Medical School; then was actively involved in the transition from Peninsula to Exeter Medical School; and more recently I have had the opportunity to go on secondment to another part of the University of Exeter to set up a new Centre for Research in Professional Learning.
"Over this time period, I have also had three wonderful children, Thomas, Isobel and Charlie, who are now aged 14, 12 and 9. As anyone with caring responsibilities knows, this combination of busy work and home life requires a flexible employer, an incredibly supportive partner and family – plus a very good diary system! I am lucky to have had the first two of these, although the perfect diary system is still elusive. This has enabled me to also take on roles beyond Exeter, such as senior associate editor with The Clinical Teacher and board of directors of the Association for the Study of Medical Education.
"I work less than full time, in order to accommodate my responsibilities at work and home, and in general have found this a very positive experience, allowing me to pick up from school a couple of days a week. Juggling my different priorities remains a challenge, and I suspect always will be, but for me the advantages of having a sometimes-too-busy life typically outweigh the disadvantages. Outside of work, I like to spend time with friends and family, particularly outdoors at the beach, on the coast path, or on the moors – and generally making the most of the beautiful part of the world we live in."