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Athena Swan Committee

Johannes Boltze     

Johannes Boltze (Chair)

We are all working in science to create a better life for people. In turn, there should be no boundaries or obstacles for enthusiastic people to contribute to it regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or any other characteristics. I joined the Athena SWAN committee because I am truly convinced that we need to continuously work together as a team to create, improve and maintain an enjoyable working environment that allows everybody to unfold their full potential and interests. My aim as its Chair is to foster inclusivity and equality to help people focusing on opportunities rather than hurdles, and I do look forward to doing so with the great team we have here at the School of Life Sciences. Our work will be for everyone, but we will put a particular focus on the support of colleagues in early or mid-term stages of their careers.

Professor Johannes Boltze, Professor of Neuroscience and Chair of the Athena SWAN committee

       
Fabrizio Alberti    

Fabrizio Alberti

I am very pleased to be part of the Athena SWAN committee in Life Sciences, as I strongly believe that all University employees should have the same opportunities to succeed in their academic career regardless of their gender. Being also part of the LGBTUA+ University Staff Network, I am very much aware of the discrimination that transgender staff and students may face because of their gender identity. My aim is to cooperate with colleagues from the Athena SWAN committee to support an environment where everyone feels safe and where there are equal opportunities for all.

Dr Fabrizio Alberti, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow

       
Claire Algar    

Claire Algar

In my role as Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator I work very closely with all departments who are progressing towards either a new or renewal Athena SWAN award, as well as sitting on the Athena Institutional Working and Steering Group. The D&I Team hold monthly Athena Network meetings which bring together representatives from all departments to share best practise and update on departmental progress, this meeting has been instrumental in providing support to all involved. I am also a ECU Athena Panel member.

Claire Algar, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

       
Brittany Arthur    

Brittany Arthur

I joined the SLS in 2019 for my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences. It is refreshing to see the presence of effective infrastructures in the department to ensure the needs of everyone in the SLS are met. I am inspired by the supportive, inclusive, and progressive culture in the SLS. Along with being a student representative on the Athena SWAN committee, I am also a course representative on the UG Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC), showcasing just a tidbit of the abundant opportunities within the department to create and improve for both self and community. I aim to encourage the development and inclusion of more student voices with the principle that any and all voices matter.

Brittany Arthur, Undergraduate student

       
Simon Bailey    

Simon Bailey

I am very excited to be a member of the SLS Athena SWAN Committee because I strongly believe in the concept that we should create an environment where the best talent is able to thrive, regardless of gender, background or any other characteristic. Initiatives such as Athena Swan will therefore be “win-win” because our School’s prospects will improve as a result of active steps which allow our best people to succeed. My objective in my role of Head of Administration is to support and facilitate all of our teaching and research activities and I hope that my membership of the Committee will allow me to make a meaningful contribution to the creation of a truly level playing field for our community.

Simon Bailey, Head of Administration

       
Claire Barratt    

Claire Barratt

I fully support Athena SWAN in driving to achieve a culture and working environment in higher education and research organisations that recognise and support the needs and potential equally of all its employees and feel that this is paramount to the success of any organisation. In my situation, as a single working mother, I am only too aware of the importance of being able to work flexibly to achieve a productive and happy work/life balance.
 
Claire Barratt, Senior Science Support Assistant

       
Stephanie Beardmore    

Stephanie Beardmore

As a HR professional I am keen to ensure all our activities are contributing to the Athena SWAN initiatives and driving positive improvements in equality and diversity. We have already outlined our HR objectives and are working hard to embed equality and diversity in all we do. We aim to listen to our staff and work with the committee so we are able to contribute to making a difference.

Stephanie Beardmore, HR Officer

       
Lorenzo Frigerio    

Lorenzo Frigerio

As Head of School I am fully committed to upholding the Athena SWAN principles of representation, progression and success for all, regardless of gender and nationality. These principles are also very important to me as a husband and father. I am pleased to be part of the Athena SWAN committee and I am prepared to work with the whole School to ensure that everyone, both academics and support staff, is empowered to succeed.

Professor Lorenzo Frigerio, Head of School

       
Miriam Gifford    

Miriam Gifford

The Athena SWAN committee in Life Sciences discusses issues relating to career development for both male and female staff at all levels and our action plan offers solutions to address areas that need further work. Importantly it also acts to lobby both the University and external organisations to give a voice to more complex issues related to gender equality and the workplace culture in academia. As I have developed from an early career stage researcher to a more senior position I am keen to contribute with ideas and my experience to communicate the best practice in Life Sciences to others, and link to wider University strategy in these critical areas that affect us all.

Dr Miriam Gifford, Deputy Head of School

       
Robert Huckstepp    

Robert Huckstepp

I joined the Athena SWAN committee because I believe that science should be a meritocracy with no boundaries or barriers to anyone. The University is very driven to create an inclusive environment, and takes its’ commitment to Athena SWAN very seriously. Therefore, as a member of this committee, I believe I can really make a difference to under-represented communities in science.

Dr Robert Huckstepp, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of Post-doctoral affairs

       
Steve Jackson    

Steve Jackson

In both my previous role as Director of Graduate Studies, and my current role representing Research Fellows in the School of Life Sciences, I am very aware of the issues that women face in progressing through the various stages of an academic career. I strive to ensure equality and a level playing field for all, with people being judged on merit rather than gender (or any other type of discrimination), and as Athena SWAN is one initiative that will help to promote that I support it wholeheartedly.

Dr Steve Jackson, Associate Professor and Director of Post-doctoral affairs

       
Martin Mik    

Martin Mik

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the SLS Athena SWAN Committee. My role within the School focuses on student experience and I am keen to be part of a team that works towards removing barriers for progression within academia for all. This may involve recognising structural/institutional barriers that might not be obvious and/or easy to address. In my previous roles, I supported Athena SWAN activities in the Faculty of Social Sciences and served on the University’s Equality and Diversity Committee (2013-2019). My previous experience in other parts of the University might come useful when looking for solutions/ways of promoting gender equality.

Dr Martin Mik, Co-Director of Student Experience

       
   

Tania Page

In my role as Communications Officer I am committed to promoting and celebrating equality and diversity within the department. I am keen to work with the EDI committee to provide a supportive welcoming environment inclusive for all our staff and students, raising awareness that everyone should be treated as equal. I believe individuals should be valued and have equal opportunities for career progression.

Tania Page, Communications Officer

 

       
Antonia Sagona    

Antonia Sagona

It is my great pleasure to be part of the Athena SWAN committee of Life Sciences and assist in any way I can in ensuring equal opportunities to success for everyone at any level and any gender. As an early stage career researcher myself, mother of young children and having moved through different countries during my studies and career, I understand the challenges that early stage career scientists and especially the female ones have in establishing themselves in academia. My aim is to use the experience I have so far and via Athena SWAN help to create a supporting environment for them in Life Sciences and in the University of Warwick.

Dr Antonia Sagona, BBSRC Future Leader Fellow

       
Farrah    

Farrah Vogel-Javeri

As an undergraduate student and committee member on both the Student Staff Liaison and Athena SWAN committees, I hope that my work in promoting communication between staff and students will help with achieving equal opportunities for all.

Farrah Vogel-Javeri, Undergraduate student

       
Philip Young    

Phil Young

My main aim on Athena SWAN is to champion gender neutrality. I strongly believe that all students and members of staff, irrespective of their gender, should be supported during their time at Warwick. My main focus is our undergraduate students and my guiding education principle is “evidence-based practice”. I have employed this approach, most notably on the Pre-Med Support Programme (PMSP), which I lead. Using evidence from previous years to guide students, we have seen a marked improvement in our success rate, with over 20% of our Biomedical Science cohort in 2015/16 gaining places at UK Medical Schools. I am delighted to sit on the Athena SWAN committee and I will campaign on behalf of all our students to ensure they can maximise their experience at Warwick, irrespective of their gender.

Dr Philip Young PhD SFHEA FRSB Director of Undergraduate Studies