I started my PhD in Statistics and Epidemiology in January 2014, under the supervision of Dr Thomas Keegan and Dr Rachel Isba. Prior to this I completed a degree in Mathematics with Biology at Newcastle University in 2013. My interests lie in the effects and influences of social network structure on disease epidemiology. As a part of my research I am looking into reasons why seasonal influenza vaccine uptake in health care workers remains low, from a network perspective. I think this is particularly interesting as trends in vaccination within a social group could have implications for infection spread. In an attempt to add to the growing interest in this area we plan to develop an influenza simulation model to use with the collected network data.