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Women in Academia at Warwick

This page features profiles of women in academia working at Warwick which highlight the impact of University and Department initiatives and good practice.

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Dr Christine Ennew, Provost

Christine Ennew is Provost at the University of Warwick where she supports the Vice Chancellor in the academic leadership of the University. A key aspect of her role is leading the development and delivery of the University’s academic strategy, ensuring that Warwick remains competitive and relevant within HE and beyond. She is responsible for the efficient and effective use of academic resources (including departmental resources, capital planning and space management, and information resources). In addition, she is Chair of the University’s Social Inclusion Committee and is the Executive Board lead for the University environmental sustainability strategy and its implementation.

Christine graduated from Cambridge University and completed her PhD at Nottingham. She was previously one of Nottingham’s Pro-Vice-Chancellors and served as Provost and CEO of the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. She joined the University of Warwick in August 2016.

She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Common Purpose Student Experiences. She is also a Board Member for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and Chair of its Regulation Committee.

 

Professor Kate Seers, Warwick Medical School

Kate Seers is Professor of Health Research and leads Warwick Research in Nursing, Warwick Medical School, where she is Head of Academic Career Development. She also chairs the Institutional Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team, and is the academic lead for the University of Warwick’s shadowing programme.

Kate graduated from Chelsea College, University of London with a first class honours degree and RN from Charing Cross Hospital, and completed her PhD at Kings College, London.

She was awarded a DSc by the University of Warwick in 2013, which recognised “a sustained and original contribution of the highest distinction within her field of study.” Kate was listed as a “highly cited” researcher on Thomson Reuter’s list in 2014, ranking her among the top 1% most cited for her subject field.

Kate was awarded a diploma in coaching and mentoring in 2010 and a National Employment and Workplace Mediation Certificate in 2011. She also gained a Senior Fellowship in the Higher Education Academy in 2018.

Kate has a range of interdisciplinary expertise, and is especially expert in pain management, complex interventions, and implementation of evidence into practice. Her methodological expertise covers quantitative and qualitative systematic reviews, RCTs, Mixed methods, and a range of qualitative approaches. Kate was on the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Board from 2010-2018. She is also an editor on the Cochrane Pain Cochrane Pain, Palliative & Supportive Care Review Group. Kate has had the pleasure of supervising 23 PhD students to completion and has acted as PhD examiner 40 times.

 

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. 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.

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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.

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Dr Alexandra 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.

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Professor Laura Green, School of Life Sciences

Laura Green 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.

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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.

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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.

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External links

You can find more information about gender equality in HE from the following sources:

Advance HE - Athena Swan Resources

Advance HE - Getting Started with Athena Swan webinar

Advance HE - REC and Athena Swan Good Practice Initiatives

UK Research Council (UKRC) - Encouraging Women into Science, Engineering and Construction

Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) - data site useful for benchmarking

PLOTINA - a platform of resources that can be used by research performing organisations across Europe to implement their gender equality plans

Athena Swan news

New Excellence in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Award.

As part of the on-going Athena Swan transformation, Advance HE is consulting on the development of a culture survey to form part of submissions. Kate Seers (Athena Swan SAT Chair) and Matthew Nudds (Research Culture Committee) will be responding to the consultation on behalf of Warwick.

The NIHR have announced they no longer require academic partners to have a silver Athena Swan award, but this change does not alter our commitment to continuing to work to promote gender equality (September 2020)

New Athena Swan Renewal Process Announcement (December 2019)

Athena Swan Silver Charter award to 2022 (November 2018)