Interview with James Piercy MSc

We thought it would be a great idea to help you understand more about being involved with research and what this means and entails.

To this end, we asked James to chat to us about his journey and tell us a little bit about how he became involved in research. 

With incredible zest James has given us a mammoth amount of inspiration and information in this very engaging interview. WE hope you enjoy it! 


More about James Piercy MSc

Among many other commitments James is a member of UKABIF‘s (United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum) Board of Management.

Here is his bio:

.James is Communication and Engagement officer at the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury’s Laboratory, and a freelance public engagement trainer and consultant. He is an honorary lecturer in science communication at the University of East Anglia. He has been involved in writing, producing and delivering; science shows, workshops and dialogue events for wide ranging audiences since 1995. James holds the LAMDA gold medal with distinction in public speaking, he has appeared on television and radio numerous times to present scientific ideas and demonstrations, notably on ‘The Investigators’ for Channel 4, which was nominated for a Children’s BAFTA and ‘My Head’ for BBC Radio 4 which won the Royal Society Radio award 2015.

James’ life changed dramatically in January 2011 when a serious road accident left him with a severe head injury. He was in hospital for nearly 2 months and whilst having made a remarkable recovery still lives with the effects of his injury. James is involved in a number of Patient Public Involvement programmes, acting as lay member on a research committee, as a public reviewer for NIHR and outreach lead for NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative.