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University of Bradford School of Chemistry and Biosciences Athena SWAN Commitment

In 2016 the University of Bradford joined a range of other institutions who applied to the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) to join the Athena SWAN charter. This was a recognition of the Universities commitment to promoting an inclusive, supportive, healthy environment for all staff, students and visitors.

The ECU Athena SWAN charter recognises commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research, alongside work in arts, humanities, society science, business and law (AHSSBL). The charter also recognises gender equality in both professional and support roles and addresses issues faced by transgender staff and students and all other forms of inequality that could affect any individual's career progression.

The School of Chemistry and Biosciences has set up a self-assessment team (SAT) designed to explore these issues within our school. If you are interested in joining us we would love to hear from you. We are particularly interested in recruiting undergraduate and master students onto the SAT. For informal enquiries please contact Dr Gisela Helfer.  

Current SAT representatives of the school are:

  • Dr Gisela Helfer - joined the School in 2016. She is primary carer for two school-aged children. She understands the competing pressures of academic life and caring responsibilities.
  • Dr Thomas Swift - Tom arrived in Bradford as a postdoctoral researcher in 2015, the day after his honeymoon ended. Since then he has become a permanent lecturer, moved house and become a father, whilst juggling teaching, his research, assisting to manage the School’s social media and organising a two month work break.
  • Dr Kristen Riches - joined the School in 2015. She represents early career academics on the School’s Executive Committee.
  • Dr Richard Telford - joined the School in 2005. He is a member of the School’s Executive Committee, represents longer serving members of staff (personally and managerially) on the SAT and has carer responsibilities.
  • Dr Julie Thornton - joined the School in 1997 as a Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences and was appointed to Senior Lecturer in 2002. When first appointed she had two children under the age of five and worked on a part-time basis until 2004. In 2010 she became a PI in the Centre for Skin Sciences and is currently the Principle Supervisor of 4 PhD students. She has supervised 11 PhD students to completion, actively supporting their career development.
  • Dr Maria Katsikogianni - joined the School in 2016. She has a school-age child and she has been working full time after her maternity leave in 2010. She is a MeDe Innovation Early Career Researchers (ECRs) Ambassador for the University of Bradford, organising professional development workshops for ECRs, and a STEM Ambassador.
  • Dr Juanvi Canet-Perez - joined the School in 2015. He leads a diverse group of technicians supporting students’ needs in their laboratory work.
  • David Broadley – is a PhD student in the Centre of Skin Sciences. He is in his second year.
  • Heather Reeve - joined in 2016 following a 4 year MChem at Bradford University. She worked as a research technician for 6 months then progressed to Chemistry teaching and a research split.
  • Prof Anne Graham - joined the Faculty in 1996. Leads strategy for research in the Faculty and is on Faculty senior management team. Chair of Faculty Postgraduate Research committee. Has developed early career academic forum (2016) and is Aurora role model for the Leadership Foundation.
  • Prof Steve Rimmer - joined as Head of School in May 2015, shared care (40%) of one son aged 12.

All staff or students within the school who have any concerns or questions about the school's provisions are encouraged to get in touch.

For matters outside the School of Chemistry and Biosciences, we encourage you to visit the Equality and Diversity Unit website.

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