Marni Brennan

Current role: Graduate Scheme, The Wellcome Trust

Marni Brennan SciCommMarni joined the Wellcome Trust graduate scheme after completing the MSc Science Communication. Marni now uses the skills she developed on the course every day, working with partners like the World Health Organization to challenge policy and strengthen health research.

"After taking a little time out after the MSc in Science Communication to travel, I moved to London and started working at the Wellcome Trust on the general graduate programme. This has allowed me to experience different areas of Wellcome – a large charity that aims to improve health for everyone by funding great ideas in biomedical research, public engagement, education, humanities and social science and through its science/art museum (among other areas)!

"I spent my first 6 months in the marketing and communications team for the museum (Wellcome Collection), where I was able to directly use the skills I’d gained through the masters in social media, copy writing and creatively communicating complex information to engage broad audiences. I spent a further 6 months working on one of the charity’s priorities – vaccines. This role was more strategic and involved working with partners like the World Health Organization to help the global health community be better prepared for outbreaks of epidemic diseases like Ebola or Cholera through changing policy and strengthening health research in lower and middle income countries.

"I also feel the variety of the work we did on the MSc and the way we were encouraged to look at topics and communication mediums outside of our comfort zone has helped me become more resilient and adaptable. This helps me enjoy the varied challenges and work the graduate programme allows me to experience.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the opportunity to complete a placement in a science communication setting where I wrote online articles for a company that worked in the infertility field. I use the skills I developed daily and feel I will do so for the rest of my career!"