March 1, 2019, by bmillar

Communication Co-ordinator at the Nottingham BRC MSK Theme

As part of the School of English Work Placement Scheme, I was given the opportunity to work at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre MSK Theme.

The best part was writing MSK articles for the Nottingham BRC website. I wrote on last year’s Musculoskeletal Conference, as well as hearing-loss poetry. It was great seeing my work on the BRC site for everyone to read.

I monitored the BRC MSK Facebook and Twitter accounts and found out about various MSK studies currently being undertaken by researchers at the BRC.

These studies and other MSK research were presented at this year’s Annual Science Day at Queen’s Medical Centre, the most memorable moment of my work placement. As part of the Communications team, I was tasked to interview a handful of researchers about their particular MSK research area and take photos during presentations.

All the research being talked about in these presentations were impressive, but I especially liked learning about trauma research in joint pain (Dr Ollivere) and the relationship between cognitive decline and chronic pain (Prof Ferguson).

Here are some of the photos I took:


I learnt a lot from interviewing, something I had never done before but enjoyed very much. I had a great time at the Annual Science Day, meeting and talking to various people face-to-face. Their enthusiasm in their research was inspiring and made me look forward to future discoveries in MSK research.

Thank you to the Nottingham BRC for giving me this invaluable work experience, especially to Dr Bonnie Millar and Prof David Walsh, for giving me a chance to help out with marketing and communications for the BRC MSK theme.


Thiviyaa Sathiyatharan (2nd year English BA student, University of Nottingham)

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