Equality and Diversity

Role models

Key Transition Points - Personal Career Journey talks

Choosing a career in academia and work life balance

We have delivered a series of 'personal career journey' talks by women in STEMM departments for staff and students.  This is an activity identified in the Athena SWAN action plan.  We aim to hold at least one session each academic year consisting of 3 role models.

Below is the list of speakers (click on their images to enter their webpage for details of their research interests)
Dr Kemi Adeyeye, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
 
Dr Kemi Adeyeye
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr Emma Emanuelsson, Department of Chemical Engineering
 
Dr Emma Emanuelsson
Department of Chemical Engineering
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr Elise Pegg, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering
 
Dr Elise Pegg
Department of Mechanical Engineering
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Professor Julie Barnett
 
 
Professor Julie Barnett
Department of Psychology
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Dr Elies Dekoninck, Department of Mechanical Engineering
 
Dr Elies Dekoninck
Deparment of Mechanical Engineering
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Professor Begona Delgado-Charro
 
 
Dr Begona Delgado-Charro
Senior Lecturer
Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
 
 
 
 
 
Professor Karen Edler
 
 
Professor Karen Edler
Department of Chemistry
 
 
 
 
 
 
Professor Chris Griffin
 
Professor Chris Griffin
Department of Psychology
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr Momna hejmadi
 
 
Dr Momna Hejmadi
Senior Teaching Fellow
Department of Biology and Biochemistry
 
 
 
 
 
Dr Paul Kover
 
 
Dr Paula Kover
Senior Lecturer
Department of Biology and Biochemistry
 
 
 
 
 
Professor Furong Li
 
 
 
Professor Furong Li
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
 
 
 
 
 

Professor Cathryn Mitchell
 
 
Professor Cathryn Mitchell
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr Linda Newnes
 
 
Professor Linda Newnes
Reader
Department of Mechanical Engineering
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dar Semali Perera
 
Professor Semali Perera
Senior Lecturer
Department of Chemical Engineering
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr Valeska Ting, Department of Chemical Engineering
 
Dr Valeska Ting
Lecturer
Department of Chemical Engineering
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Professor Alison Walker
 
 
Professor Alison Walker
Department of Physics
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr Jane White
 
 
Dr Jane White
Department of Mathematical Sciences
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr Jun Zang
 
 
Dr Jun Zang
Reader
Department of Architecure and Civil Engineering
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here is a list of points highlighted by the speakers.
  • Be prepared to put in hard productive work- it will be beneficial to you
  • Be good at what you do! Success is never sure but at least you will feel happy with yourself.
  • Explore other aspects of your research - it might be in your interest to diversify your research area
  • Look out for opportunities- if you have international links make the most of this in your career
  • If you want to gain promotion find out the criteria and work towards the standards- get help from your mentor
  • Do not be demotivated if you do not get promotion- get feedback and good advice - regain your confidence and apply again
  • Work with people you like - this might not always be possible but try to make the most of it
  • Work with people you trust - this is very important
  • Build a good support network of colleagues, collaborators, associates, family and friends
  • You must go with what you feel is best for you as a mum - sometimes part time working is not for you
  • If you are a mother try not to feel guilty if you are not always with your children
  • Approach different funding bodies- you might need to do so to find the one which will fund you/your research
  • Treasure every single opportunity in your career and make the most of it
  • Be a good citizen in your department/discipline
  • Find a good mentor - someone who is not your supervisor/manager
  • Get to know the correct people - they may be helpful in your career/life
  • Academic environment changing - keep yourself informed about  developments
  • Keep yourself up-to-date with people in the department and developments in the University
  • If you have reached a cul-de-sac (dead-end) in your career move to a more favourable position
  • Learn to say no!
  • Get yourself elected onto committees which will be the most relevant/beneficial to your career goals
  • Nobody has it all. However, being realistic, practical and honest with yourself brings greater satisfaction

     

The participants gave good feedback. They felt encouraged and inspired by what they had heard. They learned that there are several ways to reach your goal and that sometimes a 'knock-back' or rejection can teach you to be more determined to achieve your career goal.  Rejection was the spur that propelled some of the speakers to analyse what they were doing in their academic careers led other speakers to develop their research taking a different path which led to academic rewards.  They also learned that being a 'good citizen' helps everyone and improves the culture in the department.

The feedback from speakers has been very favourable, having found it a very useful process.

Overall the speakers felt that it had been beneficial to share their thoughts, on choosing a career in STEMM and work/life balance, with the delegates who attended these talks.

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