Allison is the Technical Operations Manager in the Department of Life Sciences. This profile was produced for Diverse@Imperial 2018.

Allison HunterWhat was your first job?

I was a Research Technician on a project studying a motor neurone disease model.

Do you have any hobbies?

I like making fused glass pieces at art college. Being a senior technician means that I spend more time in meetings and on paperwork than in the lab, so glass fusion gets me back into making things and improvising. I enjoy the practical aspect of cutting glass into the design I have thought up then cooking it in a kiln.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t rush in. Wait a little longer.

What’s your favourite moment in the College year?

I love the Imperial Festival. I helped out on a stall last year and found that the insightful questions and enthusiasm from the public, especially young children, gave me a fresh perspective.

"I love the Imperial Festival. The insightful questions and the enthusiasm from the public give me a fresh perspective."

If you were the College Provost for a day, what one thing would you do to make Imperial more diverse and inclusive?

I would sit down and compile a list of problematic issues that many staff encounter, highlighting some common misunderstandings and a few helpful statements about how to avoid them. Sometimes our own biases and preconceptions can affect the relationships we have with colleagues, so taking time to think about things from someone else’s point of view could help make our community a more inclusive place.

Where do you live, and what do you love about your neighbourhood?

I live in Tooting and I love the abundance of the most fantastic curries you can find there.