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Athena SWAN Welfare & Communications Committee

2020 Athena Swan Working Group membership:
  Dr Kate Messenger

(Co-Chair ASWG)

Associate Professor

Recently promoted Associate Professor and department ED&I representative for 5 years, husband works part time, they have a young son.

Dr Michaela Gummerum (Co-Chair ASWG) Associate Professor  
Professor Derrick Watson Head of Department  
Emily Biggs Academic Programmes Manger  
Marion Coumel PG SSLC Chair  
Dr Gemma Gray Teaching Fellow  
Prisca Han PGT Masters representative  
Catherine Johnstone
PA to HOD, Secretary Council meeting, WACC and ASWG (2016-) Responsible for ensuring inclusive Departmental environment through publicity, induction and training. Works compressed hours to facilitate caring for parents.
Dr Michelle McGillion Assistant Professor  
Sara Morales-Izquierdo PG SSLC Secretary  
Professor Anu Realo Director of Postgraduate Studies  
Dr Lukasz Walsek Assistant Professor  
  Linda Wilson IT Manager  
2016 submission Athena Swan Working Group:

Dr Elisabeth Blagrove, Teaching Fellow

Dr Blagrove’s principal duties in the Department are “student-facing”, in both teaching and pastoral roles, but she also conducts research in the field of attention and emotion. She has a strong interest in Widening Participation and Outreach issues, with overall responsibility for the department’s engagement with university initiatives and community outreach. Dr Blagrove heads the Welfare and Communication Committee (WaCC), in addition to the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Working Group.

Professor Robin Goodwin, Head of Department

Professor Goodwin arrived at Warwick in January 2015, after 14 years running a unique (amongst European Universities) Masters degree in Cross-Cultural Psychology. As Departmental Head at Brunel University, he came from the UK’s most ethnically diverse University (in terms of staff population), with a notably broad range of students. This has led to a strong commitment to equality and diversity and its promotion within all aspects of academic life. Professor Goodwin sees this standpoint as a key theme in ensuring an effective Department; one which values all colleagues fully, and provides a teaching and research programme ensuring the fair and equal treatment of all Students, Support Staff and Academics. He acts as deputy chair for the WaCC, and also works on the the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Working Group.

Dr Elliot Ludvig, Associate Professor

Dr Ludvig joined the Psychology department in 2013 after post-doctoral appointments at Princeton University (USA) and the University of Alberta (Canada). His research explores how humans and other animals learn to make decisions and falls within the Behavioural Science Research Group. His main teaching responsibilities lie within taught postgraduate courses, but he interacts with undergraduates via the personal tutor system and student research projects.

Steven McGladrigan, Department Administrator

An experienced academic and research administrator of over 8 years, Mr McGladrigan has been with the Psychology Department since 2014. His academic background is a BSc in Financial Services, having spent a 26 year career with HSBC in various clerical and management posts. This previous experience underpins many of his administrative and managerial duties within the Department. Alongside his main role in the department, he works on the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Working Group, and is a member of the University Athena Swan network.

Catherne Johnstone, PA to Head of Psychology and Secretary of the WaCC

Catherine joined the Psychology Department in 2016 as PA to the Head of Department having worked in various roles in Postgraduate and Undergraduate administration at the University since 2008. She has a degree in Human Geography from Southampton University. She took at career break after 8 years working in PA/admin roles at the BBC (including working for the Equal Opportunities Unit) to bring up her 2 sons, then did various part-time jobs before starting at the University. In addition to her PA role, she is secretary to the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Working Group, organises the Departmental External Guest Speaker programme, and is secretary to the Staff Council Meeting.

Kimberley Adams

Kimberley Adams is the Academic Programme Manager and is a member of the University Athena Swan network. She is an experienced academic administrator having worked in a number of University Departments. Kimberley joined the Psychology Department in March 2014 and co-ordinates the running of the undergraduate and post-graduate taught Psychology programmes. She has a degree in Medical Genetics and worked as a Research Assistant in the Cardiovascular Medicine Department at the University of Oxford. Kimberley then moved into administrative work, working in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. Following this, she moved to the University of Warwick working in the Centre for Lifelong Learning with part-time students completing professional careers development masters. In March 2014 Kimberley joined the Psychology Department co-ordinating the running of the undergraduate and postgraduate taught Psychology programmes.

Dr Katherine Messenger, Assistant Professor

Dr Messenger joined the University of Warwick in 2013 as an Assistant Professor, combining both teaching and research. Her undergraduate studies, in French and Linguistics, piqued her interest in development of language in young children, before she embarked on postgraduate work in developmental psycholinguistics. After a brief spell in the US studying children’s skills with novel language (and the workings of American Sports!), she took up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Edinburgh. This work brought her to the department at Warwick, where she is an active member of the Language and Development Research Group. She is a member of the Management Committee, the department's Equality and Diversity representative and Chair of the Departmental Research Ethics Committee.

Jody Roche, Undergraduate Support Officer

Jody Roche has worked for Warwick University for the past 14 years, starting in the Computer Science Department in 2001 as a General Assistant working in the General Office. She then moved to the Mathematics Department in 2004 as Undergraduate Support Assistant where she gained valuable experience in the Undergraduate programme in a very busy department with 1000 Undergraduate students. She joined the Psychology Department in April 2015 as Undergraduate Support Officer. Her role in Psychology is to help co-ordinate the undergraduate programme and also act as student experience officer co-ordinating events within the department.

Dr Derrick Watson, Deputy Head of Department

Dr Watson is a Reader in Psychology, having joined the Psychology Department at Warwick in 1998 as a Warwick Research Fellow. He is a member of the Postgraduate Supervisory Committee, Impact Committee and represents the Department on the Board of the Faculty of Science. He also part of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Working Group.

Linda Wilson, IT Manager

Linda Wilson has been the IT Manger in the Psychology Department at Warwick University since 2000. Her background is in land survey, remote sensing and data processing. Amongst her responsibilities are the smooth running of the department’s technology and communication systems; both functions crucial to our ability to work effectively with each other and with students. She advises the WaCC on technical aspects of the communication channels within the department and improvements that can be made to this.

Former members:

Ms Nicole Baumann, Research Assistant (PhD Student: Autumn 2015)

Nicole Baumann, a Research Assistant, is an experienced Data Manager and has a degree in Bioscientific Documentation. She joined the Department in late 2009 to work on the project ‘Social adjustment and quality of life after very preterm birth: risk and resiliency from infancy to adulthood’, and to establish documentation for historic and newly collected data. Nicole has recently been awarded a departmental studentship to undertake a PhD on the development of motor control. She will be stepping down from her role as research staff representative on the committee in the near future.

Dr Kate Roberts (2016)

Dr Roberts is a Research Fellow and member of the Management Committee. She joined the Welfare and Communications Committee in Spring 2016.