Here you can see a selection of the talented women that we have at the University. The Doctoral College also asked the University community to nominate inspirational female Postgraduate Researchers and Early Career Researchers - you can see these nominations on the Doctoral College webpages.
Bryony Loveless, VP Education and the University of Exeter’s Guild of Students
Bryony graduated with a first-class honors in Theology with Proficiency in Arabic last year, and has since taken up office as the Vice-President (Education) of the University of Exeter Students' Guild. After winning her election with over 2,300 votes, Bryony has been working with key members of University staff to help improve the teaching and learning experience of our students. She is passionate about education and seeing anyone, regardless of background or circumstance, enabled to engage in world-class research and learning. She would like to pursue a career in policy after she leaves the University.
Professor Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy
Professor Catherine Mitchell has worked on energy issues since the early 1980s. With a career stretching over academia, journalism, implementing reports and policies as well as advising companies on transitioning the renewable energy sources, Professor Mitchell has been influential in her field through authoring reports such as the IPCC Working Group 3’s Fifth Assessment report (AR5) and a coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of the Policy, Financing & Implementation Chapter of the IPCC (Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change) Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation 2008-2011. Currently, Catherine is leading a three year project (2016-2019), named Innovation and Governance for Future Energy Systems, as well as being the Chair of the Regulatory Assistance Project – a US based non-profit organisation that provides regulatory advice to Governments; and on the Advisory Board of the GB based Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).
Professor Janice Kay, Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Janice Kay is the Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter. Prior to her role as Provost she spent 10 years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education. Janice is a Professor of cognitive neuropsychology, first appointed to Exeter through a Wellcome Trust University Lectureship. Her research, funded most recently by ESRC as well as Wellcome and MRC, is concerned with theoretical modelling, assessment and rehabilitation of disorders of perception, speech, language and memory. In the role of Provost, Janice is deputy to the senior academic leader of the University, the Vice-Chancellor. She provides strategic leadership for the overall corporate plan and oversees the portfolio of University strategies. She is passionate about ensuring Exeter is a vibrant, diverse and inclusive place to work and study, and welcomes International Women’s Day as a chance to celebrate all the brilliant women in this University who are all role models.
Catherine Talbot, PhD student
Catherine is a cyberpsychologist interested in health research and online communities. She graduated from the University of Bath in 2016 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and came runner up for the Helen Haste award for creativity and innovative writing. She is now a second year Medical Studies PhD student in the Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH) at the University of Exeter. Her PhD research concerns dementia and social media. She has recently published research about fitness and pro-anorexia content in the Journal of Eating Disorders, which has featured in national papers. Catherine is a British Psychological Society South West Branch committee member and a PsyPAG core committee member
Daisy Hill, first year Arabic and Spanish student, and singer/songwriter
Daisy Hill is a 19-year old, first year Spanish and Arabic student from the University of Exeter, and has been making waves within the arts scene through her outstanding music. Originally from Cambridgeshire, Daisy writes her own ‘folky-pop’ music, writing and playing for voice, piano and guitar. Her achievements include the release of her EP ‘Through Misted Eyes’ on 5 January of this year, which is available on all major streaming sites and digital music shops, as well as performing at venues such as the Cambridge Corn Exchange and featuring on both independent and BBC local radio. Daisy looks forward to releasing another single later this year, and performing at the Firehouse on March 25th.
Emma Bessent, third year English student and Exepose editor
Emma is a third year English student currently balancing her degree with editing Exeposé, co-presidency of the English society and co-chairing the English SSLC, alongside working for Residence Life Team and Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme. Having contended with several chronic illnesses since childhood, her undergraduate degree hasn’t been the smoothest of experiences, but her lifelong passion for literature, arts and culture has given her the drive to overcome any obstacles and pursue a full, varied student experience. She hopes to continue in her studies of Early Modern theatre at Masters and eventually PhD level, with the aim of working to expand diversity and inclusivity in the arts education and heritage sectors.
Florrie Taylor, MA Theatre Practice student and aspiring theatre director
Florrie is currently studying MA Theatre Practice at the University and has made her mark on the theatre scene at Exeter. From the beginning of her time at University she has involved herself amongst all the theatre societies, acting as Production Supervisor, President, Producer and Director, as well as co-founding her own theatre company Poorfool which took an original production of The Fox and the Hound up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016. Her largest projects include; producing Mel Brooks’ iconic musical The Producers for Exeter University Footlights in 2017, and directing Anthony Burgess’ controversial A Clockwork Orange in 2018 for EUTCo. She is currently producing UMBRA a physical theatre immersive piece for Theatre With Teeth and Assistant Directing for Shotgun Theatre’s Term Three show It Shoulda Been You.
Dr Helen Fones, post-doctoral Research Fellow in Biosciences
Dr Helen Fones’ research focusses on fungal pathogens of crop plants - microbes that attack and destroy a high proportion of the food grown around the world every year. As the senior post-doc in Professor Sarah Gurr’s lab, her role is to lead on various projects, including work on pathogens of wheat, bananas and ash trees. She studies the fungus' life-cycles and their capacity to adapt to new challenges and environments. Helen feels very lucky with the people she has worked with in science, both men and women. She particularly highlights Sarah Gurr and her former PhD supervisor, Professor Gail Preston, as scientific women of inspiration. Helen doesn’t feel she has encountered overt sexism during her career but believes that most barriers faced by women are structural or societal, also believes that subtle barriers – such as those faced at home – still need to be addressed. She believes that the University is excellent at working against the obvious ways that women may be disadvantaged, through initiatives such as Athena Swann.
Professor Isabelle Baraffe, Chair of Astrophysics
Professor Isabelle Baraffe joined the University in 2010, following extensive international work, which included senior research and professor roles at Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon (CRAL) and Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon, France, and the University of Gottingen and Max-Planck Institut fur Astrophysik in Germany. Her excellence in research has led to her receiving several awards, including an Advanced European Research Council (ERC) grant in 2012; a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2010; a Gauss-Professorship from Goettingen Academy of Sciences in 2005; the Johann WEMPE prize of the Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam in 2004; and a bronze medal from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France) 1999. She says: ‘The main wisdom I can share is to work hard, and this would apply to anyone. I always make the comparison between high level researchers and high level athletes. If one wants to reach the highest level, one needs to set the right priorities at the right time and work very hard.’
Jacqui Marshall, Deputy Registrar and Director of People Services and Global Partnerships
Jacqui is responsible for delivering all Human Resources, Organisational Development, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Services. She is currently the Chair of the Russell Group HR Directors’ network.
Previously, Jacqui was a Senior Civil Servant in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), where her most recent role was leading the Cultural Change Programme at MoD Headquarters. Within her civil service career, she held a range of HR and business appointments including a secondment to DEFRA where she held the Board level appointment of HR Director for Rural Payments Agency. Jacqui is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a trained mediator and business coach. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Jane Usher
Jane believes it is important to have support from, and give support to, other women in the workplace, at all levels. Working in Exeter and the global fungal research community enabled her to work with fantastic colleagues and peers, such as Prof Janet Quinn at Newcastle University and Prof Judy Berman at Tel Aviv University. Singling out one woman who inspired her, Jane admires her great-aunt Mary Prunty, who left Ireland during World War I to work as a nurse in Egypt, and was a suffragette fighting for equal pension rights for women in Ireland. Jane is proud to come from a family of strong women, and intends to continue the push for equality.
Dr Janet Anders
Dr Janet Anders joined the University in 2013 after training and working at various international institutions, including University College London, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Potsdam, Germany. Janet is a theoretical physicist and leads Exeter’s Quantum Non-Equilibrium group, a research group working on topics in quantum thermodynamics, statistical physics and quantum information theory. For her excellence in research and bridging between disparate scientific fields Dr Anders was awarded the prestigious Institute of Physics Bates Prize in 2015. Dr Anders chairs a large-scale network of Europe-based researchers working in the emerging field of quantum thermodynamics, involving more than 300 researchers in 32 countries (COST). Among other public outreach activities, Janet provided scientific advice for the BBC Four TV programme "Order and Disorder: Information" (2012) and was a judge on the panel for the Royal Society Book Prize (2010), with the winning book being “Life Ascending” by Nick Lane, an absolutely fascinating guide to how life evolved on earth. Dr Anders' advice to students is to not just accept standard expectations, but to feel allowed to be ambitious, to set yourself goals, and to work very very hard to achieve them. The world needs individuals who question the accepted, who work together, and use their creativity and inventiveness to make it a better place.
Janet Szypillo, Chef de Partie
Janet Szypillo career started at Exeter University in 1982, where she was employed as a trainee chef at Reed Hall and took her City and Guild exams in catering through Exeter College. Janet then progressed through working her way through the brigade, becoming Second Chef and, after having her first daughter, Chef de Partie. She has been in continuous service since her second daughter was born in 1997. Over her career, Janet has had the privilege to cook for many people, the highlights that stand out are The Queen, Sir Steve Smith & Jeannie's wedding at Reed Hall, plus the fine dining that is produced at Redcot, where Janet and her team have catered for many celebrities especially over graduation. She also competes in national cooking competitions, pitting her skills against other British university chefs with great success - winning two silver and two bronze medals. This year Janet will compete at the TUCO Chefs Challenge at the University of Warwick, against her own Second Chef.
Professor Kate Fisher
Professor Fisher is a social and cultural historian, interested in the History of Sex and Sexuality, Oral History, Medical Humanities and the Uses of the Past, Reception and Historiography. Her own research focuses on the history of sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and has received recognition and acclaim. Her first book, Birth Control, Sex and Marriage in Britain, 1918-1960, won the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize in 2007 and her second book, co-written with Professor Simon Szreter of the University of Cambridge, Sex Before the Sexual Revolution, resulted in Fisher being interviewed on Radio Four’s Thinking Allowed as well as the book being named Guardian Book of the Week in 2011. Kate co-launched the Sexual Knowledge Unit in 2015, bringing together scholars from across different disciplines who research sex and sexuality, and investigate the forming and authorisation of sexual knowledge.
Professor Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova
After studying in Bulgaria (MSc Mathematics) and New Zealand (PhD Applied Mathematics), Professor Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova trained further as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the US and École Normale Supérieure in Paris before obtaining an academic position in the UK. She spent six years at the University of Bristol before joining the University of Exeter in 2013 where she currently holds a personal chair in Mathematics for Healthcare. In May 2017 Prof Tsaneva-Atanasova was named one of the top 10 most inspirational female scientists working today by metro.co.uk. She enjoys the beauty of Mathematics and its Applications and attempts to share in every occasion with her students, colleagues and, whenever there is an opportunity, with the public.
Professor Linda Williams, Professor of Film
Professor Linda Williams’ work focuses on post-classical American cinema, British cinema and classical Hollywood, as well as having a heavy interest in representations of sexuality and the history of censorship and classification. She is a celebrated academic, writing five books and editing several others. Notably, she wrote the first book on the post-classical genre, The Erotic Thriller, named The Erotic Thriller in Contemporary Cinema. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Linda’s most recent work is analysing the amount of women involved in filmmaking over a four year period, and whether this has grown or stagnated over time - Calling the Shots: women and contemporary film culture in the UK, 2000-2015. Linda’s talents also cover her involvement in film exhibition and curation for a decade - co-curating the annual Shetland Film Festival Screenplay - a round-the-UK tour of short films which was part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Professor Lora Fleming, Director of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health
In addition to her role as Director of the ECEEH, Professor Fleming is Chair of Oceans, Epidemiology and Human Health in the University of Exeter Medical School. She is a board certified occupational and environmental health physician and epidemiologist with over two decades of experience and expertise in environment and occupational exposures and human health. Professor Fleming worked at the University of Miami for 20 years, and is an Emerita Professor (both the Miller School of Medicine and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.) She is also the recipient of the 2013 Edouard Delcroix Prize and the 2015 Bruun Medal of the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC), for her research and other activities in Oceans and Human Health, and a Member the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to the NIEHS Gulf Oil Study, and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Science Board. She believes it is essential to support a diversity gender, race, experience, roles, sexual orientation and religious beliefs in the workplace.
Professor Lorna Harries
Professor Lorna Harries is a molecular geneticist who gained her PhD at University College London, after which she worked at the Universities of Dundee and Sussex. She arrived in Exeter in 2001 and has stayed ever since. Lorna is interested in all things related to gene expression, and in particular how it can influence ageing and age related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and dementia. She also has an active interest in making science accessible to the general public. She has written over 90 peer-reviewed articles and was awarded the Diabetes UK RD Lawrence Prize Lectureship in 2011. Professor Harries is also co-ordinator of the annual UEMS ‘Men in White’ school outreach with Dr, John Chilton, where year 9 students from Devon to Somerset get hands on experience of working in a laboratory. In her spare time, Lorna enjoys reading, live music, crafts and spending time with her family.
Professor Marion Gibson, Associate Dean for Education in the College of Humanities
Professor Marion Gibson began her career part-time at the University of Plymouth; her first full-time job was leading the English degree programme that Exeter developed in Cornwall, now at the Penryn campus. She is proudest of the thousands of students that she has helped to develop their knowledge and self-confidence over the years and of her books on witchcraft in history and literature. What’s next? Multi-disciplinary learning at both the Penryn and Streatham campuses, as Director of Flexible Combined Honors. One day she vows to write a novel better than her favourite, Middlemarch... or maybe not!
Professor Michelle Ryan, Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology and Dean of Postgraduate Research
Michelle Ryan, together with Alex Haslam, uncovered the phenomenon of the 'glass cliff’, whereby women (and members of other minority groups) are more likely to be placed in leadership positions which are risky or precarious. This research was short-listed for the Times Higher Education Supplement Research Project of the Year in 2005 and was named by the New York Times as one of the ideas that shaped 2008. In 2015, she spoke at the TEDxExeter talk about her research, which was watched nearly 70,000 times in the six months after her speech. Professor Ryan says she is more convinced by the moral case for gender diversity, where both women and men can pursue fulfilling careers of their choice. Her advice to others is to push through the tough times, and remember what inspires you about your work.
Professor Pascale Aebischer, Head of English and Film
Pascale Aebischer specialises in the history of the performance of early modern drama (including Shakespeare), with an emphasis on 1580s-1700 and 1980s-present. Her research on how the drama of Shakespeare’s day is reinvented for present-day audiences often pays attention to the figures who don’t get to hog the limelight: characters who are side-lined for their race or gender, playwrights and theatre buildings who are struggling to emerge from the shadow cast by Shakespeare and the company he worked for, technicians who make the magic of theatre happen. Pascale makes her studies of Shakespeare modern, looking at how technology has changed the delivery of Shakespeare - from performing in candlelight, through to social media and ‘live’ theatre, such as National Theatre Live. As well as in the connection between the reconstruction of early modern playhouses and urban regeneration.
Rachel Burn, Director of College Operations, Medical School
With more than 17 years of experience, Rachel has leadership responsibility for operational and administrative support in the Medical School, ensuring the college’s professional services directly support the college and University, and aid the delivery of world-leading education and research. Rachel holds a Master's degree in Education and an MBA with Merit from the Open University. She describes how she was inspired by her mother, grandmother, and history teacher. Her advice to others is to never be afraid to try something new, take on a difficult project, and be confident in your abilities. She believes it is important for women to believe in themselves and put themselves forward.
Dr Rachel Fenton
Dr Fenton's research interests lie in the areas of gender and the law, violence against women and assisted reproduction. She has a particular interest in education about sexual offences, and her work has had hugely positive impacts in this field. From gaining ESRC Festival of Social Science funding to working with her students and a local secondary school on tackling sexual violence, Rachel became the Project Lead for the Public Health England. She worked on funded bystander intervention for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence at universities, and the creation of the first evidence-based bystander programme (The Intervention Initiative) has had massive impact on the higher education sector in the UK. She says the most important thing she has learned is to surround yourself with allies, people who value your work, and who will support you.
Roo Haywood Smith, Deputy Director of College Operations in SSIS
Roo joined the University in 2012, following a 15 year career in the British Army, which included five years’ service with the British Army of the Rhine, and a stint in an ambassadorial role with a German Armored Infantry Battalion. In 1994 she deployed with the Coldstream Guards to Bosnia in support of the United Nations, and was one of the Army’s first female Helicopter Pilots; she flew Gazelle (a type of helicopter) in a recce and surveillance role in Northern Ireland before converting onto Lynx to support operations on the ground. On leaving the army to look after her two small children, Roo became involved in a community shop project, and now that her children are older, she spends weekends with them and their ponies. In June, Roo hopes to take part in the night time Dartmoor crossing (north to south) to raise money for Help for Heroes. Roo is still inspired by her mother and grandmother - both amazing well-travelled ladies who have done remarkable things and also her father who still never lets her win at anything unless on merit.
Sally Turner, Head of Finance for Professional Services
Sally has worked at the University for 12 years, starting as a Finance Assistant and working up to be Head of Finance. Having worked in both colleges and services, she achieved her professional qualifications whilst working full time at the University. Sally is now on her third year as Professional Services representative at Council, where she has learnt a lot about how the University operates at all levels. She says: "without this knowledge, I don’t think I would be doing the job I am doing today." Outside of work, Sally plays in goal for a local hockey club, of which she is also Treasurer.
Dr Sarah Jones
Dr Sarah Jones is an associate research fellow on the Wellcome Trust funded Rethinking Sexology project, where she studies the relationship between sexual science and popular culture in both the US and UK. In addition to her research, she is also interested in exploring innovative ways to engage students with histories of gender, sexuality, and feminism – a set of interests that led to the founding of the Hypatia Project in 2017, which allowed student volunteers to co-curate a digital showcase of highlights from Exeter’s Hypatia collection of texts by or about women.
Shades, Guild President
Shraddha Chaudhary, commonly known as Shades, came to Exeter from India in 2014 to study English with a few modules in creative writing and film studies. She loves reading, travelling and playing football, playing the sport to a national level in India. Shades was elected Deputy Vice-President International in 2016 and ultimately managed to get elected as the first ever international student to be Guild President. Furthering this, Shades has also been appointed the Office for Students Student panel and is looking forward to finding employment in the field of PR and Communications. She describes her time at Exeter as ‘a huge developmental curve’, and took part in the life of Exeter through being involved with the Exeter University Ladies Football Club, Welcome Team and held various positions of leadership on Guild societies’ committees like UNICEF, Asian Society and Exeter University Theatre Company.
Dr Sharon Marshall, Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History
Much of Dr Sharon Marshall’s teaching and research focuses on marginalised voices in the ancient world, how we might recover them, and how they intersect with marginalised voices in the modern world. She is also Outreach Officer for the Classical Association of England and Wales and, passionately believing that Classics should not be the preserve of the privileged, is at the forefront of a mission to bring some form of Classics and Ancient History to every state school in the UK. When she’s not at work you’re most likely to find her wild swimming, often in inclement weather, and much to the bewilderment of passers-by.
Professor Tamara Galloway
With her work featuring in the media and having global impact, Professor Galloway is an inspiration within the Exeter academic cohort. Her work focuses on marine pollution, the human health effects of pollutants and the sustainable development of novel materials and substances. She is a member of the Environmental Biology research group, which studies how pollutants affect human and wildlife populations, how they damage living systems, and how resistance has been developed against pollutants. This research on invertebrate organisms provides a model for disease process and how environmental factors contribute to human health conditions, making Tamara’s work extremely relevant. Her research on plastic in oceans has appeared on BBC 1 News and BBC World Service (2015), as well as NERC Planet Earth Online podcast (2014). The University of Exeter has recognised Tamara’s excellence, seen through her being shortlisted for the University of Exeter Research Award.
Astrid Wissenburg, Director of Research
Astrid Wissenburg is Director of Research, responsible for the delivery of the University Research and Impact Strategy 2015-2020 and oversight of support to academics in the University in bidding and delivering research projects. Astrid is also responsible for the Doctoral College. Since moving to the UK in 1994, she has made her way from Glasgow to Exeter via Colchester, London, Swindon, and Newport Pagnell, and is pleased to have exchanged roundabouts for the Devon countryside. She has worked in a wide variety of roles in the university and public sector, all with an underlying commitment to making knowledge and research accessible and usable, as widely as possible.
Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion
Francesca Stavrakopoulou studied Theology at the University of Oxford, completing her doctorate and Fellow roles at their Faculty, before joining Exeter in 2005. She was appointed to a personal chair in 2011. Francesca’s scholarship and teaching is notable outside her lectures, making a name in the media, where she presented the BBC2 TV documentary series Bible's Buried Secrets, a three-part series about the Bible and archaeology that aired in 2011. She also appears regularly on BBC1's debate shows The Big Questions and Sunday Morning Live, and has discussed biblical scholarship on several radio programmes.
Jane Chafer, Director of Communications & Corporate Affairs
Jane started her career in 1985 with a marketing sponsorship for ECC Limited, based in St Austell, and completed a BSc in Business Studies at Bradford University, with a six-month spell in Milan. This was followed by a move to Mars Confectionery and subsequently BT, where Jane held various senior marketing and communication roles. In 2009, Jane completed an MBA at Ashridge and became a Chartered Marketer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Jane describes her role at Exeter as ‘interesting and diverse’; having responsibility for the successful delivery of the institution’s communications, marketing, student recruitment and student admissions, leading a team of over 200 colleagues, and putting Exeter firmly on the map as a world class university.
Jane divides her time between Exeter and Cornwall where she enjoys long beach walks with her family and dog. She is an enthusiastic skier and sailor so spends time on the slopes and on the waves whenever she can. She also loves to travel and embrace new and different experiences and cultures, with a recent trip to Australia ticking all the boxes. Another interest for Jane is Plymouth Argyle and she regularly attends matches to cheer on the ‘Green Army!’
Katrina Brown, Professor of Social Sciences
Professor Brown has been inspired by many women, including her mother, sister, cousins and aunts. One woman who she describes as a wonderful role model is Elinor Ostrom, the first (and only) woman to win a Nobel Prize in Economics. Elinor changed the way we understand the relationship between people and environment and her insights into environmental governance, and especially the management of common property resources (such as forests, oceans and atmosphere) overturned and challenged received wisdom which at the time advocated privatisation as a panacea. Professor Brown was lucky enough to work with and meet Elinor, and was struck by her towering intellect, and how she worked collaboratively, and her incredible commitment to enabling and mentoring the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists of the commons. Katrina believes that Lin Ostrom changed how we think about resource management and governance, and also changed how senior academics can do their work; how we can reject a culture of individualism and self-aggrandisement in academia, and learn together and inspire each other to do great collaborative work.
Margaret House-Hayes, Head of Corporate Events
Margaret became Head of Corporate Events in 2016, leading on the organisation and delivery of high profile VIP events involving the Vice-Chancellor and senior team. It includes Royal and Ministerial visits, building openings, Honorary Graduate visits, to overseeing the organisation of the Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Garden Party. Margaret co-ordinated the successful visit of Prime Minister David Cameron to Streatham Campus in April 2016. Margaret started her career as a trained NNEB Nursery Nurse at the Bristol Maternity Hospital, including working in the Special Care Baby Unit, and later as a nanny/maternity nurse in private homes in London and overseas. After studying shorthand and business administration, she worked for seven years as PA to MD and Imax natural history film producer, Christopher Parsons, before moving to award winning Aardman Animations, initially assisting Director, Nick Park (creator of Wallace and Gromit) with the huge bag of fan mail for his animated characters, and later as PA to Aardman’s Director of Commercials. Margaret enjoys cinema, theatre and spending time with her family.
Professor Nadine Unger
Professor Nadine Unger is an international climate scientist and Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on mathematical modelling of the linkages between air quality and climate change. Nadine joined Exeter in 2016 having previously advanced her research for 15 years in the USA at Yale University and at NASA. Nadine is Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Biogenic Hydrocarbons and the Atmosphere. She is a graduate of the Women’s International Leadership Program in New York and held a Public Thought Leadership Fellowship with The OpEd Project. In her spare time, Nadine enjoys yoga and hiking. She plans to complete yoga teacher training in the near future.
I think it’s critical to have women in the workplace. Not to do so means narrowing our potential pool of talent to only half of the population. However having women in the workplace is insufficient – we need to provide a context in which they can develop and thrive. This requires thinking about the workplace, and employment, rather differently than in previous generations. Many women, and increasingly men, have commitments beyond their primary employment, that require a degree of flexibility on both sides. If this flexibility is not there, then many will feel it is impossible to engage fully with work and opt out of opportunities that might benefit them and their employer, such as taking on more senior roles. However, ‘flexibility done well’ is good for everyone. I firmly believe that the university benefits enormously from the input of those who work less than full time due to commitments outside or work, or combine their part time university work with other professional work (e.g. healthcare professionals, teachers, lawyers and business leaders). Let’s continue the conversation about how those that work less than full time for the university can be recognised, supported and encouraged.