Manju Luckson

"My advice to all students is to never give up, and keep focussed on your goals."
About my career

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health at Manchester Metropolitan University. My interests are in  clinical research, professional learning and internationalisation. Prior to this role, I have worked as the Quality Lead and Divisional Research Manager Roles at  the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and the Assistant Research Delivery Manager for the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Network.

I came to the UK from India shortly after I turned 20. I had a BSc(Hons) in Nursing, from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and I completed my MSc at the University of Manchester. I then worked for several years as a Divisional Research Manager at the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where I oversaw clinical research.

I started teaching (part time) at Manchester Metropolitan University whilst working as a Research Manager, after  successfully completing the  PhD Fellowship in Research Culture. I had initially decided to study part time, but managed to complete the course in four years, all whilst raising my children! I began to teach as a senior lecturer  on a full-time basis in May 2019.

My top tip for students is…

My advice to all students is to never give up, and keep focussed on your goals. There will always be challenges, but by connecting with other people, engaging, and networking, you will find the support and opportunities you need to succeed.

I’m inspired by…

The staff, as they were incredibly helpful. 

Why I love Manchester Met

The staff supported me to achieve my best and stay on course.