Professor Vicki Goodwin MBE
"I was a late starter into higher education as I really didn’t know what I wanted to do when I left school. After dabbling in electronic engineering briefly I started a degree in physiotherapy in 1992 at the age of 24. I was interested in research from that point forwards but there was no support in the NHS for this unless you were a medic so I actively sought out external people to advise me.
"I’m particularly stubborn (a key skill for an academic I have since learned) and in 2006, at the 2nd attempt, I was awarded an NIHR Doctoral Fellowship to study exercise for people with Parkinson’s. I haven’t looked back since. I love my job and really enjoy supporting, mentoring and encouraging others as I have gained so much from those people who have done the same for me. It makes me very proud when I see what amazing things they can achieve with what might just be a chat and a bit of a nudge in the right direction."