AN INSPIRATIONAL young mum from Coventry has won an industry award for her work in biomedical science.
Coventry University student Laura Brindley, 22, won the Woman Who…Rising Star accolade after designing a medical device to help people with chronic illness.
Laura enrolled on a healthcare course at CU Coventry – Coventry University’s flexible learning alternative – when she was 18, just weeks after her son Tyler was born.
She explains: “I did feel a bit guilty because he was so young but I think I would have felt guilty if I hadn’t done it too. He’s not going to remember that time and I knew I could juggle it.
“It was a challenge but I’m so glad I chose to continue my education. Now I can fulfil my dreams by applying science to innovation in disease treatment and medication.”
After graduating from the foundation course with a first, she started a full-time biomedical science degree at Coventry University, which is when she came up with the innovative new medical device.
Although she cannot share details of the project until it reaches later stages of its development, Laura explained that she was inspired by watching her own brother’s treatment for a debilitating chronic condition.
She’s already travelled around the world to speak to collaborators about the project, which is now in the process of being funded. She is also working to set up a STEM careers society for women at the university.
Laura said: “Society seems to think that being a single mum is the end of the world, but I didn’t let them stop me and I want to empower other women to do the same and realise their dreams.”