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Inspirational Interview: Alison McLure

Inspirational Interview: Alison McLure Name: Alison McLure

Job title: National Officer (Scotland), Institute of Physics.  My job is to promote physics within Scotland. This involves a wide variety of tasks. One day I might be in the Scottish Parliament presenting evidence of the contribution of physics to the Scottish economy, the next day I could be at a Highland games doing physics busking and trying to inspire the next generation to take up physics.  

Relationship to Women@Work:  I'm going to be a speaker at the Wick STEM event on November 13th.   Hobby:  Doing outdoory things.   What would you tell your 16 year old self? Relax, it'll all work out better than you can ever imagine. Just follow your heart.  

What was your first Job?
Instructing sailing in dinghies in a loch off the Clyde.  

What Woman/Women have inspired you?
Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the woman who discovered pulsars, who continues to work hard to engage others in physics and is a thoroughly lovely person. Also the women in my climbing club who remain active and interesting throughout their lives.  

What one change do you believe would make the biggest difference to the life of women?
I think that there should be a change to the attitudes of societies that women should behave in certain ways and always take on certain roles. Women should be able to be themselves and not what others expect them to be.  

Who would be your ideal dinner guests?
There are so many amazing people around, it's really difficult to choose, but if I have to.....Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Heather Reid, Wangari Maathai, Richard Feynmann, Ellen McArthur and Wally Herbert.    

What is the best advice you have been given?
To be honest, I am not sure that I have been wise enough to listen to advice. However, if anyone had ever said to me to always enjoy learning and to be curious about the world, that's the advice I would have followed; summed up by William Blake's: "To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour."  

What is your favourite holiday spot?
The islands of Scotland with the weather good enough to climb, sea kayak and wildlife watch.

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