Lois is responsible for leadership of the MASTS Graduate School which provides a locus for specialised professional development and support of postgraduate students, and alumni, in marine science across Scotland. Lois provides support to postgraduate students undertaking the PG Cert, advising on career development and training activities. Lois maintains links with stakeholders and activity providers, MASTS researchers, partner universities and organisations, to characterize the skills and attributes of a MASTS postgraduate and ensure that MASTS professional development meets the evolving needs of employers and graduates, enhancing employability. After completing a PhD through University of London, Lois worked as a marine science researcher for 17 years before moving into higher education management, leading SAMS Education Department until April 2016. She developed and led Graduate Schools in SAMS and UHI before joining MASTS.