• Question: If you won a million pounds what would you do with the money?

    Asked by student13 to Jamie, Jodie, Kat, Mark on 24 Mar 2011 in Categories: .
    • Photo: Katherine Davies

      Katherine Davies answered on 23 Mar 2011:


      Are we talking in terms of personal win or research grant win?

      Personally, I would buy a nice 4 bed family home and a chalet in Chamonix. I would then go on a skiing holiday to canada, and that would be it all gone!

      In terms of research, I would get my fly sequenced so that i could examine its gene expression easier, which can be used to help determine age and time since death. Getting that done, purchasing the equipment and paying myself a salary as well as other researchers needed, that would all be gone there too!

      Easy come easy go!

    • Photo: Jamie Pringle

      Jamie Pringle answered on 23 Mar 2011:

      Hello student13,

      Well apart from paying off the mortgage I’d probably use it to set up a ‘forensic geophysics research institute’ and get lots of young enquiring minds to really push this area of science significantly forwards. I’d never give up work, it’s too interesting!

    • Photo: Mark Hill

      Mark Hill answered on 24 Mar 2011:

      Student 13,

      Who hasn’t thought of that?

      I would pay off my mortgage, which is fortunately very small, that of my family, make sure that I have financial security and give the rest away. That would probably be more than £500 000 pounds, but I am not after the millionaire lifestyle, with fast cars and boats. As long as I have enough to live on, then that is great. I certainly wouldn’t give up work. I have an active mind and it doing nothing would be dangerous, plus my wife wouldn’t want me hanging around all the time! I would like good health and happiness. Money cannot buy that.

      We all dream . I hope that you are lucky one day.

      Thank you.