Bryce was born in 1956 and educated in physics at the University of Glasgow receiving her Ph.D. degree in 1987. She joined the Optoelectronics Group of the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering at Glasgow as a post doctoral Research Assistantand was appointed a Research Fellow in 1992, becoming a Senior Research Fellow in 1997 and Professorial Research Fellow in 2005. She was named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2008 and Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2009. In 2006 she shared (with J.H. Marsh) the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Engineering Achievement Award for their pioneering work on fabricating photonic integrated circuits on III-V semiconductor chips based on quantum well intermixing.