Friesland Alumni: Matthew Calladine


  • A Levels – Biology, Design technology, ICT Double award
  • BTEC – Medical Science
  • AS Levels – Business, Chemistry

From a very young age I knew that the scientific field was an area I was passionate about and I took this into my A-levels to hopefully boost me into my desired sector. I found the pressures of Sixth form quite daunting to begin with, however, I believe this was because of the pressure I put on myself. I quickly began to realise that I still needed to enjoy my education/subjects for it to maintain a passion of mine. I did a mixture of A-levels and a BTEC at sixth form which enabled me to obtain the grades I needed for university with a blended style of learning.

University was a dream as I would have been the first member of my family to go. I started to doubt myself after I decided to retake year 12 to improve my grades that I would not get the chance to go to university. I must hold my hands up and applaud the staff within the science department as their dedication and support allowed me to look at my future in a brighter way.

My degree in Animal Science gave me a wide avenue of job prospects to which I started a job at Nottingham Trent university as a Technician within the microbiology team, within my job I was presented the opportunity to retrain in line with IBMS (Institute of Biomedical Science). This propelled my career within the microbiology field where I supported Undergrad and postgrad students. I was later headhunted to be a technical support and sales manager for the Midlands and South east of the UK where I worked within several industry sectors: Brewery, Cosmetic, Diary, Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Veterinary, Water Testing and Hygiene Monitoring. Because of the experience I have gained within industry I was presented an opportunity to become a senior teaching technician within the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham where I deliver the practical teaching within the school over a range of modules and support PhD students with their research in drug development. My aspirations within this job are to develop my skills set within the Pharma sector and I aspire to become a Technical Tutor within the future where I can provide more support and deliver a wider range of subjects to the cohort of students.

Although now things might feel strange, I would encourage you all to take each day as it comes whilst at sixth form and ask for as much help and support that you require as I know the staff there will be there to support you. There is no right or wrong way to develop your future as it’s what works best for you.

I would like to also take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Friesland School/Sixth form who helped me within my education allowing me to get where I am today.

Matthew Calladine