12 March 2011

Personal Statement

I am hardworking, conscientious and take pride in doing a good job. I work well either alone or as part of a team and I readily form good working relationships with others. I am well organised and enthusiastic. I enjoy learning, learn quickly and constantly seek to improve myself. I rise to a challenge and have always shown myself to be flexible, adaptable and ready to face new situations.

Personal Details

Name: Daniel Colyer
Date of Birth: 1973
Marital Status: Married, two children


Education and Qualifications

1999City of Bath College
City & Guilds level 2 Visual Basic
1991 - 1995University of Bath, School of Biology and Biochemistry
BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry
1984 - 1991Beacon Community College, Crowborough, E. Sussex
1991, GCE A'levels:Biology
General Studies
 1989, 10 Higher Grade GCSE's

Career History

November 1998 - Present: I work as a Senior Analyst Programmer for MACE Systems Ltd (formerly MOS Computers), a software house specialising in Pick based database software for retail and wholesale industries. My work primarily involves software development and testing, with telephone support, training and documentation also playing a part. Programming languages used are Pick Basic and Visual Basic .Net.

July 1997 - July 1998: I worked for 12 months in the Technical Support department of WWS Ltd, a software house specialising in Pick database software for the Homecare industry, until being made redundant due to restructuring of the company. Work was primarily telephone support.

July 1995 - July 1997: I worked in various temporary positions, consistently proving myself to be flexible, adaptable and ready to meet new challenges. In June 1997 I received the first Tunbridge Wells Brook Street Employment Agency 'Temp of the Month' award. Temporary jobs were largely secretarial, but also included:

April 1997 - May 1997: Financial Research and data entry at PFM Valuelink, a leading Financial Management company.

January 1997 - April 1997: Personal Assistant to the Managers at the Tunbridge Wells Branch of Midland Private Banking, Independent Financial Advisers.

November 1995 - October 1996: Assistant Buyer in the Systems Engineering Office of Servomex International Ltd, a major international OEM of gas analysers and gas analyser systems. Though initially employed to type purchase orders, I spent most of my time at Servomex as an engineering buyer and expediter.

October 1995 - November 1995: 4 weeks entering financial data into the computer database of PFM Valuelink.

October 1991 - June 1995: Throughout this time I was at University studying Biochemistry. I developed considerable Internet and WWW experience, becoming one of the first Bath students to set up WWW pages. I developed practical experience of most standard office software, particularly spreadsheets and word processing packages, as well as molecular modelling experience, programming experience (BASIC, Modula 2 & HTML) and a sound understanding of good programming practice.

My final year research project involved the molecular modelling of a protein using a Silicon Graphics workstation. Also in this year I presented a number of seminars ranging from the ethics of embryo research to the recognition of self by the immune system.

My thin sandwich degree course included two 6-month placements, during the summers of 1993 and 1994. My first assignment, as part of an ongoing project, was to continue with efforts to purify and crystallise a particular protein of interest (clathrin) for structural study.

In my second placement my project was to investigate the potential of a new class of microscopy, Scanning Probe Microscopy, in the study of protein structure. I also became involved in programming and in the computer modelling of substrate binding to proteins.

Other Qualifications and Skills

Touch typing (77 wpm)
Full, clean driving licence
First Aid training
Training in the handling of micro-organisms
Radiological Protection Certificate (signifying training in the handling of radioactive materials)
Amateur Swimming Association Preliminary Teaching Certificate

Hobbies and Interests

Juggling - I have been a committee member of Tunbridge Wells Juggling Club and was 1994/95 Chairman of the Bath University juggling club.
Unicycling - I have competed at international level and play unicycle hockey in the UK league as a member of the Severn Wheelers team. I am a founder member of the Union of UK Unicyclists.
Also swimming, bicycling and reading. I am a member of the Cyclists' Touring Club and the Bristol Cycling Campaign.

References available upon request

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