Jo Long

Old Bedalian 2005

Have you undertaken any kind of further study since leaving Bedales and have you gained any further qualifications?

In 2012 I completed a PhD in Psychoneuroimmunology investigating how exercise affects antibody response to vaccinations in both healthy and HIV positive populations.

What kind of work are you currently involved in, and how and why have you come to be doing it?

I’m currently a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham carrying out a large scale study with a number of GP surgeries. The aim is to find out what time of day is best to receive the flu vaccine.  It seemed a natural progression from the area of my PhD.

Did attending Bedales help you in getting to where you are now and how satisfied are you with what you are doing?

Attending Bedales definitely helped contribute towards my drive

 

Attending Bedales definitely helped contribute towards my drive and I found that the “critical” nature of my area came naturally to me.

Have you been involved in any other interesting activities or occupations since leaving school?

During my A-Levels I worked in a hospital as an auxiliary nurse and believe this taught me a lot about the world of work and really improved my communication skills with the public. I also worked in a special needs school over two summers.

In my spare time, I play Roller Derby for the Central City Rollergirls (finished 3rd in European rankings in 2012).