South West PERCs

In recent years, the College has recognised the importance of explaining its work and the work of pathologists to the wider public, through the establishment of the Public Engagement programme.

The programme has been a great success and to maintain momentum we have recruited Public Engagement Regional Coordinators (PERCs), to work with the College’s Director of Engagement and Publishing and the Public Engagement Manager, as well as their regional Council in delivering the programme successfully across the UK. The PERC role is a voluntary position and helps provide support to those organising events in their region.

Public Engagement Regional Coordinators (South West)

  • Dr Vikki Moye

    I have worked as a Clinical Scientist in Molecular Genetics and also in Higher Education as a Lecturer in Medical Sciences. From my work I am very aware that the terms pathology and pathologist are very often misunderstood by both students and healthcare professionals, as well as the general public. The common misconception is that pathologists spend their time with dead bodies! This is why I feel passionately that as ‘pathologists’ we need to explain our work and how it impacts on healthcare. One very effective way to achieve this is through public engagement activities which bring the science behind pathology to life and relate it to individual patients.
    Email: V.E.Moye@exeter.ac.uk

  • Stuart Cannon

    I am currently a trainee Clinical Bioinformatician working in a Molecular Genetics Department in the South West. I believe that continued education is important but I also think it’s important to give people an insight into how they can apply their education to specific careers. Often I have found that people who are interested in scientific subjects aren’t too sure how to  pursue their interests as a career. It is for this reason I hope to help coordinate public engagement in the South West to illustrate the breadth of pathology based disciplines available as a career. Similarly, I think it is important to provide up to date information to the general public and pathology service users about how advances in pathology may one day contribute to saving their life or the life of someone they know.
    Email: stuartcannon@nhs.net