Deborah Prunty

Favourite Thing: Chromatography – the science of splitting things down into all the different bits that make them up, and trying to figure out what they are, and how much of them there is.



Strathclyde University. Lourdes Secondary School. Our Lady of the Rosery and Saint Bride’s Primary Schools.


BSci (hons) in Analytical Chemistry

Work History:

Diageo, GSK

Current Job:

Analytical Scientist



About Me

I’m a complete geek, and get way too enthusiastic about my hobbies.

I live in Glasgow, with two of my best friends. My hobbies include reading, playing video games (mostly on my 3DS as my flatmates hog the Xbox), sewing, baking, and playing role play games. I play in a weekly game of dungeons & dragons with my friends, and play in a couple live action games too. These are games were you dress up as your character and act out what is going on – rather than just sitting round a table talking about it. Yes, I know that sounds really lame, but its lots of fun! There’s lots of sword fighting and action and adventure, as well as politicking and making deals.

I design and make costumes for my friends and I to wear while at live action games. I’m not an expert but I’ve gotten pretty good.

I love Japanese food, but I don’t like fish.

My Work

I work for a large food and drinks company, analysing suspect counterfeit samples and suporting production sites improve their quality.

I get samples from all over the world and test them to see if they are genuine.

My Typical Day

Paperwork, analysing samples, working out what the results mean, explaining to other people what the results mean, and helping others to do the same

What I'd do with the money

I’d send a group of kids to the Glasgow Science Centre

My plan if I win is to donate the money to a local school so that the kids can go to the Glasgow Science Centre. The Science Centre is a wonderful interactive place, that gives people a chance to get hands on and see science in action. It got me really excited about science when I was at school, and I’d like to give others the chance to experience that.

You can see more about it here:

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Adorkable, geeky, worrier

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Halestorm… Or maybe Lonely Island

What's your favourite food?

Roast chicken with all the trimmings

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Going LARPing with friends – a long weekend camping with friends, in fancy dress

What did you want to be after you left school?

I wasn’t sure. I didn’t really have much of a plan.

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Only with teachers I didn’t like, they said I was too cheeky

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Suporting other people becoming scientists. We have a modern apprentise scheme at work, and I work closely with the kids we take on.

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My geography teacher. She told me to follow the subject I liked even though I hated my teacher at school, as I obviously really loved it.

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

I have no clue. A really bad geography teacher maybe?

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

to be happy, healthy, and to have more confidence

Tell us a joke.

What is brown and sticky? A stick.

Other stuff

Work photos: