Irina Dobson

Qualifications: Volgograd State Pedagogical University, Foreign Languages Department, degree with distinction in Linguistics, English and German teaching

Languages spoken: native Russian speaker, fluent English, German and French (intermediate level)

How many countries have you been to and which one is furthest from the UK? 10 countries, with Australia being the one furthest from the UK

What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten? The “king of fruits” durian, the smell of which can be described as… ‘turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock’.

What was your dream job when you were a child? I wanted to become an English teacher and this dream came true.

If you could time travel where would you go? I’d travel to Ancient Egypt to check out if the pyramids of Giza might have been built by advanced alien visitors.

Which superhero would you be and why? Online test results revealed that I’d be Storm, a natural leader with a passion for helping those around me.

What is the innovation you have been waiting for? A teleportation device

What are your guilty pleasures? Watching the ‘Real Housewives of Cheshire’ and having dried fish snacks

What is the biggest challenge of using LinkedIn as a researcher? Not every LinkedIn user keeps their profile up to date, which brings the challenge of targeting accuracy.

What would you do if you had an extra hour in the day? I’d spend more time skating or roller-blading.

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