Dr Kirsty McIntyre
- Lecturer (Medicine)
Kirsty completed her PhD in the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre at The University of Manchester in 2018. Her work focussed on understanding how a poorly functioning placenta can lead to small and unwell babies (fetal growth restriction). She was previously a research and teaching assistant at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia following completion of her BSc studies in Biomedical science at Edinburgh Napier University in 2012, which included a semester of study at The University of Vermont.
Kirsty has been involved in science outreach and public engagement for many years now, and is always looking for new ways to engage members of the public with research. She has co-organised numerous large-scale public engagement events and has engaged with schools through various University and charitable initiatives to increase access to Higher Education.
More recently she has collaborated with fellow scientists to develop the Have You Heard? project, which aims to make scientific discoveries in the news clearer for the general public. In 2018 she was announced winner of the prestigious Outreach and Engagement New Researcher Award by the Royal Society of Biology.
Memberships of professional bodies
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
The Physiological Society
Recognition and Prizes
Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Award - New Researcher 2018
This prestigious award was received in recognition of work designing and delivering outreach workshops and practical sessions with members of the public, and for co-developing the Have You Heard? project.
Dr Steve Cross, chair of the award’s judging panel, said “We were really impressed that Kirsty hasn't settled for working with one group of people, but is constantly growing and diversifying the audiences she works with"
Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE)
Winner 2018, student category. Awarded by the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester Social Responsibility team for work in science communication and public involvement making research findings clearer and more accessible to underserved communities.
Outstanding Student Representative
Jointly awarded Highly Commended in The University of Manchester Doctoral Academy awards 2018 alongside fellow rep Dr Donna Littlewood for demonstrating commitment to postgraduate research student experience and playing an instrumental role in the development of a Faculty-wide wellbeing initiative.
Outstanding Contribution to Society
Awarded by The University of Manchester Doctoral Academy (2017) in recognition of the significant contributions made to the promotion of science in a way that is accessible to the public.
Making A Difference Awards
2018: Commended as a member of the Maternal and Fetal Health Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement steering group at The University of Manchester, for the organisation of the Before You Were Born event. This public engagement event showcased the placenta, and was attended by more than 230 members of the public.
2015: Highly Commended for the Charlotte Beswick 'Inspiring Futures' event at The University of Manchester. For this event Kirsty designed and presented a talk about bioengineering and advancements in medicine, and supported other interactive workshops throughout the day.
Best Research Film
Awarded at the Postgraduate Summer Research Showcase 2017, The University of Manchester for the film “A Day In My Life As A Placenta Scientist”.
3 Minute Thesis
Winner of The University of Manchester 3MT competition 2016 which challenges doctoral candidates to present their research topic and its significance in 3 minutes with 1 slide.
Awarded University Medal in 2012 for 'Outstanding performance through programme of study': highest overall degree mark in the year at Edinburgh Napier University.