Former Student Profile - Eleanor Parker, Class of 2015
We look forward to welcoming back Eleanor as a Year 9 Inspire and Career Talk speaker on Tuesday 3 December 2019
What years did you attend WHS? 2008-2015
What did you get up to at WHS in terms of study and extracurricular activities?
My GCSE options were French, Drama, Business Studies, Psychology and PE. In my GCSE years I was considering Drama or Musical Theatre as a career. However after receiving my GCSE results, I decided to take more science-based subjects. I took A levels in Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Theatre Studies (AS level). I loved getting involved in musical theatre inside and outside of school. I did singing, ballet, tap and musical theatre lessons. I was also a drama leader and part of the trampolining club.
Physics Class Chemistry Class
Do you have any fond memories you’d like to share?
- Amazing school trips such as: the Ski trip to Boston, French home stay in Paris and Physics AS level trip to CERN. This trip to CERN is what inspired my career in Physics.
- Sitting in the Learn 2 in the mornings with friends and chatting to Mr Mothersole
- Cake day in form time
- Dress up days
- Jumping in the sandpit at lunchtimes in year 7
- Interform dance competitions
What did you do after school?
I went straight onto university after WHS. I graduated this summer from Warwick University with a 1st class integrated masters degree in Physics. Warwick University appealed to me for many reasons. Primarily, Warwick University is in the top 10 universities in the UK for Physics. At the time, I had a keen interest in particle physics, and Warwick had the most particle physics modules of any university. Also a top priority of mine was feeling safe, and as Warwick is an enclosed campus university, you feel very secure.
In the summer of 2018 I was chosen to do an internship at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, the largest and highest-energy particle accelerator in the world. In this internship I analysed data for a newly found decay channel of the Higgs boson. I then completed my final year project in ultrasonics. I designed, created and tested a new type of ultrasonic sensor, which is in the process of receiving a patent.
Alongside my degree, I learnt Japanese, was a member of Warwick University Gliding Club and was an event steward at Warwick Arts Centre. My job at the Warwick Arts Centre was amazing; being paid to go and watch shows that I wanted to see was the best possible job for me!
What are you up to now?
I have just started my PhD at University College London, specialising in Quantum Technologies. This means that I am using the principles of quantum physics to create useful devices, such as quantum computers. I decided to get involved with quantum technologies as we are about to have a quantum revolution, where quantum computers will be in production and there will be a demand for my skills.
Alongside my PhD, I have taken up competitive ballroom and latin dancing. It is important to do things that relax you outside of work! I am employed by a tutoring company called Tutoracle, where I tutor secondary school students in the Sciences and Maths up to A level. I am also in the process of becoming a STEM ambassador in London, where I hope to find ways to inspire young people to pursue a career in STEM subjects.
What do you know now that you didn’t in year 13 that you’d like to share with current students?
Don’t give up on the things that make you happy, make time for them! I worried during my degree that I did not have enough time to keep up my musical theatre hobbies, however it is really important to do extracurricular activities that you enjoy in times of stress.