PhD Student Profile

Beth Gawthorpe

Beth Gawthorpe

PhD Student

School: School of Human and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury

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Project title

"Study of particulate pollution in the atmosphere; focussing on magnetic analysis of bio-monitors to estimate individual’s exposure to fine (PM2.5) particles."

Profile summary

Since October 2015 I have been employed as an Instructor in the section of Life Sciences, within the School of Human and Life Sciences, based at the CCCU North Holmes Campus. I am involved in teaching at Foundation level and Level 4, as well as working part-time towards my PhD.

I previously worked at CCCU as a sessional Physics Lecturer and for the NHS as a Medical Physicist, specialising in Nuclear Medicine.  I completed a MSc in Medical Physics at Leeds University, and an undergraduate MPhys in Experimental Physics at York University.

Research and knowledge exchange

As a member of the Ecology Research Group (ERG) my PhD focus is to study human exposure to particulate air pollution. I aim to establish feasible methods of recording particulate air pollution in small areas which are poorly represented by distant monitoring stations; beginning with magnetic and chemical studies of bags of sphagnum moss. Ultimately I hope to use localised ambient studies, as well as personal monitoring systems, to measure the amount and type of pollution exposure received by individuals; particularly those with an unusually high occupational-exposure.

Teaching and subject expertise

  • Level 0 – All Foundation level modules, specialising in Physics and Maths.

  • Level 4 – Core Science, specialising in Physics. Environmental Systems; specialising in Thermodynamics.


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