The following profiles are examples of Women in Academia working at Warwick and highlight the impact of University and Department initiatives and good practice.
Dr Clare Lyonette, Institute for Employment Research
Dr Clare Lyonette is a Principal Research Fellow and Director of Graduate Studies at the Institute for Employment Research (IER) in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Clare’s research focuses upon gender and the labour market, particularly work-life balance, women’s careers, changing gender roles, the division of domestic work and childcare, part-time work and other flexible working arrangements, and she has published widely in these areas: (here). Clare is fully committed to reducing the barriers to women’s equal participation in the labour market and gender discrimination, both in the workplace and in the home, and her ongoing work reflects this focus.
Clare came to academia relatively late, after working in animation for many years. After returning to the UK from Australia in 1994, she began a degree in Psychology at Brunel University (with a year’s maternity leave to have her second child) and she graduated with First Class honours in 1999. She then went on to do a PhD at the University of Southampton, which she completed in 2003. Since then, she has worked at City University on a project entitled ‘Employment and the Family’ in the ESRC-funded Gender Equality Network (genet.ac.uk) and joined IER in 2009. She is currently working on a project funded by UK Feminista and the NUT on the extent of sexism in schools and a longitudinal project for the NASUWT on the impact of changes to teachers’ pay on equality in schools in England. Clare recently completed a project for the Nuffield Foundation on student mothers’ higher education participation and early career outcomes over time. Clare has two children and has worked both full-time and part-time during her time at IER.
Dr Susan Burrows
Department of Physics
Dr Susan Burrows is a married mother of two working in the Physics department as a research fellow. She has worked part-time at Warwick for a number of years & currently carries out her research in the Ultrasound group, after a background in glasses and ceramics. She is also chair of the Welfare and Communication group in the Physics department, which address under-representation of women in university physics and encourages good practice for both women and men. Being at Warwick enabled her to be flexible in her career leading to a good work-life balance.
Dr. Rebecca Cain
Dr Rebecca Cain is an Associate Professor in Experience-Led Innovation based in the International Institute of Product and Service Innovation in WMG. Here she leads the healthcare design research in the Experiential Engineering Group. Rebecca’s research aims to improve people’s experiences of spaces, places, products and services through better design. Her research is always based upon multi-disciplinary academic and industrial collaborations and she works across many sectors including healthcare, the built environment, automotive design and engineering and energy efficiency.
Rebecca has a background in design, with a First Class degree in Industrial Design & Technology and PhD in user involvement in the design process, both from Loughborough University. In 2009 she was awarded a prestigious EPSRC Challenging Engineering fellowship to build new research capability in improving the design of healthcare environment design through user involvement in the design process. Rebecca’s innovative multi-disciplinary research programme Participation in Healthcare Environment Engineering brings together design and engineering, with architecture, psychology, healthcare and ICT, and involves working in close partnership with the NHS, patients, architects, designers and engineers. Rebecca has recently returned to work after starting a family and is supported by her department with flexible working.
Dr Alexandra I Cristea
Department of Computer Science
Dr. Alexandra I. Cristea is an Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Computer Science. In 2006 she founded and became Officer of the Intelligent and Adaptive Systems Group and in 2009 she became Director of Graduate Research in Computer Science. Her research interests include semantic web technologies, social web, concept mapping, artificial intelligence, adaptive systems, authoring of hypermedia, user modelling and intelligent tutoring systems. Her work on frameworks for adaptive systems has influenced many researchers and is highly cited. Similarly influential is her pioneering work on adaptation languages, with Alexandra being one of the first to propose them. Since then, work in this new research area has spread and Alexandra is highly active and has an influential role in international research projects.
Prior to her current position, Alexandra worked at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, as Assistant Professor; at the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan, as Research Associate; and at the University ‘Politehnica’ of Bucharest as an Assistant. She graduated from ‘Politehnica’ University of Bucharest, Romania, with two degrees, a Masters in Computer Science and one in Economical Engineering. She received her PhD in Engineering at the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan, within the uniquely short period of 3 years. She was, whilst on maternity leave, invited speaker of CATE 2011 conference (Cambridge, July 2011) and was demonstration chair of EC-TEL 2009, track chair of Hypertext 2007 and general workshop chair of the ICALT 2007 conference in Niigata, Japan. Alexandra is the mother of 21 month old Edward.
Professor Laura Green
School of Life Sciences
is a Professor in the School of Life Sciences. She joined Warwick as a lecturer in 1999 because she wanted work in a like-minded team of internationally renowned epidemiologists. She was appointed to chair in 2006. She is funded from a range of sources, from industry to RCUK, to research into the health and welfare of farmed livestock using epidemiological approaches in a multidisciplinary setting including statistical and mathematical modelling, molecular microbiology, welfare and behaviour sciences and social sciences. She spends time working closely with the farming industry to ensure that research impacts and ultimately reduces disease and improves the welfare of farm animals. Laura is a member of the Farm Animal Welfare Committee, an expert committee provides advice to Defra and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales on the welfare of farmed animals. She has been involved in BBSRC strategy and committee work since 2005 and is a member of REF sub panel 6A. Laura is a member of several University committees and is chair of the School of Life Sciences Culture and Communications Committee.
Professor Julie Macpherson
Department of Chemistry
Professor Julie Macpherson was awarded a University Royal Society Fellowship (URF) in 1999,
which was held in the Chemistry department. Julie was supported as any new junior
academic in the department would be and was given an office, laboratory space and a departmental studentship in
addition to a monetary contribution towards equipment she wished to purchase to
start her research programme. Julie took on teaching duties but at a reduced rate
given her URF position. She had several people (from Warwick Chemistry) who
actively participated in mentoring her research career, including Professors Patrick Unwin
and Alison Rodger, who helped her enormously. The department early on made a
commitment to take over the payment of Julie’s salary at the end of her
fellowship and actively considered her progress (in terms of promotion). Thus by the
time her fellowship ended she had moved from the status of URF to full time
academic professor. This rapid rise in title was credit not only to the support of the
Royal Society but very much down to the commitment and help the department gave
to Julie during her URF years.
Dr Naila Rabbani
Warwick Medical School
Dr Naila Rabbani is Associate Professor of Experimental Systems Biology and Co-Director of the Protein Damage Systems Biology Group based in the Division of Metabolic and Vascular Heath, Warwick Medical School. She has a joint appointment between the Warwick Systems Biology Centre and Warwick Medical School. Naila was awarded British Heart Foundation Intermediate Fellowship in 2006 and became Associate Professor at University of Warwick in 2010. She is a part of multidisciplinary team working on medical research that spans bench to bedside approaches. Her research makes use of mathematical modelling - a systems biology approach. She has developed state of the art analytical techniques to detect early stage development of diseases such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetic kidney disease. Naila entered her academic life as a mature student with two small children and English as a second language. She has the experience of the difficult but exciting journey from a student to a relatively successful scientist. She says a high level of motivation and ambition is important to achieve your goals; and a supportive environment both at home and at University is crucial too. She received mentoring from Professor Paul J Thornalley that greatly enhanced her ability to do top class research and acquire funds successfully. She strongly believe that the combination of motivation, ambitions, supportive environment and good mentorship will produce successful both male and female scientists.