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In honour of International Women’s Day we are taking the opportunity to celebrate some of the amazing women in our alumni community.

Dr Chloe James – Class of 1994 – Lecturer in Medical Microbiology at University of Salford

Microbiology is Chloe’s first love, and the focus of her career. In 2012, Chloe was appointed her first lectureship at The University of Salford and is now a Senior Lecturer in medical microbiology, teaching across numerous areas of microbiology at Undergraduate and Masters Levels. Chloe also leads her own research group, which conducts a wide variety of investigations, including bacterial genomes and how they resist antibiotics as well as how they interact with viruses.

Chloe is also extremely passionate about science communication. Overseeing numerous public events across the country, provides Chloe with an opportunity to introduce adults and children alike to science that they would not necessarily get involved with in their day-to-day life.


Holly Ellis – Class of 2011 – Clinical Scientist in Genetics

In 2019 Holly Ellis, also known as ‘The Scouse Scientist’, stepped into the media spotlight. A Clinical Scientist in Genetics, Holly has taken to social media to inspire young people from all backgrounds, to pursue a career in science.

Providing a first-hand insight into the fascinating world of Genetics via her YouTube channel, Holly discusses challenging topics such as Huntington Disease, Down’s Syndrome and Cystic Fibrosis, and takes viewers into a laboratory to find out more about the variety of genetic tests available to patients.


Georgia Stevens – Class of 2018 – Student at the University Campus of Football Business

In just over twelve months Georgia has embarked on a Multimedia Sports Journalism degree at the University Campus of Football Business, been appointed a Kick It Out ambassador, completed an internship with Sky Sports News, signed for Huddersfield Town Football Club and signed a new sponsorship deal with Umbro. At the end of 2019 Georgia’s talent was recognised when she was nominated for Women’s Rising Star of the Year, at the North West Football Awards.

We were delighted to welcome back Georgia to Blue Coat in November 2019. During a packed day Georgia delivered a football training session for our Year 7 PE students, provided students with an insight into her football career and degree programme and showed off her first England cap!


To find out more about our inspiring female alumni, including Lucy, Chloe and Georgia, look out for our 2020 Old Blues’ magazine.

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