Profile – Leah Fullegar, University of Southampton

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Leah Fullegar


Leah Fullegar

Job title:

PhD Student

Place of work / study:

University of Southampton

Area of Research:

Dementia care and faecal incontinence

How is your work funded?

Alzheimer’s Society

Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m 29 and have two beautiful dog children, a labradoodle called Molly and a whippet called Myrtle. I love knitting and currently have an obsession with turning other people’s pets into knitted stuffed toys. I occasionally talk about things that aren’t knitting or dogs.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I recently branched out into designing and knitting ferret jumpers. Hint: it’s just a tube with leg holes.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

When I was 18 I took a year out before going to University, and got a job working in a residential care home for people with a dementia. I fell in love with the role and never looked back, going back to University when I was 23 to exclusively study dementia.

What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?

Perseverance is key! Never give up.

Can we find you on Twitter & Instagram?

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