Claire was originally attracted to the PhD programme because it gives opportunities to have a real impact on healthcare. She feels this has already been the case during her foundation year – which she is soon to complete.

All the students on the programme take part in practical projects that address serious issues. Claire was part of a group that used data from Wuhan, in China, to try to identify sub-types of COVID-19 to enable more accurate prognoses.

She is currently developing the thesis proposal for her next three years of study – and hopes to explore machine learning for healthcare, especially by developing fair machine learning models for risk prediction.

Even though the initial foundation year has had to be done online, Claire says that the students have been mutually supportive – something that’s helped because they are all highly committed to their studies.

Similarly, the immersion sessions have introduced her to people from a whole variety of professional backgrounds and disciplines who have been positive and helpful.

Overall, Claire found her foundation year experience to be a positive one in which she felt valued.

Claire’s background

Claire took a BSc Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. After graduating she worked in a research and development role at a start-up before an MPhil in Advanced Computer Science at the University of Cambridge.

Outside her studies Claire enjoys singing, cooking, and exploring nature.