Susie Fowler-Watt (1987)
Philosophy with Experimental Psychology
TV journalist and presenter
“The College has played a huge part in my life”
How do you look back on your time at Trinity Hall?
Very happily. I worked hard and played hard, and felt very privileged to be studying in such a wonderful place. It was such a privilege to study at Trinity Hall and I am so grateful to have had that opportunity. The College has played a huge part in my life – I even got married in the chapel!
Why did you choose to study Philosophy and Experimental Psychology?
I got a place at Trinity Hall to read medicine but changed my mind during my gap year studying in the US. I changed to Philosophy with Experimental Psychology in my third year as I was fascinated by the subjects and thought I would like to be a clinical psychologist. (I would still like to be a clinical psychologist – I just got a bit waylaid…!)
How did your time at Trinity Hall impact on your career?
I got involved in student journalism by chance when I was at Trinity Hall and realised how much I enjoyed it. I also did a lot of drama (was President of the Preston Society). I knew I wasn’t good enough to have a career in acting but broadcasting was a way to combine journalism and performance. Philosophy has also proved very useful in my career as a journalist – especially in the structuring of arguments and the ability to look at issues from a different angle.
Do you have any advice for other women looking to work in your field?
Go for it! Be prepared to start at the bottom and work your way up. Get as much experience as possible – in any form of journalism. Do it because you love news, not because you want to be famous!
Who are your female role models?
My mother and grandmother. Both exceptional women who raised their families with great love while working full-time in demanding jobs.
What does gender equality mean to you?
It means that women should be treated the same as men: They should be allowed to do the same things, get paid the same wages and be given the same career opportunities. What they shouldn’t have to do is act like men to achieve this.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I actually think my younger self would have given me good advice! She was very determined, very passionate and much braver than I am now. Age and motherhood has made me more cautious. But the advice I always give my daughter is “be kind” – there is nothing more important than kindness.