PhD, MA, BA
I joined NDCN in October 2016 as the department's Staff Development Officer. Since then, I have played a leading role in the strategic direction, organisation, and implementation of the Staff Development Plan. My responsibilities also included coordinating the 2018 Athena SWAN application. Our initiatives extend far beyond gender equality and aim to create an inclusive environment where all can succeed in the department whatever their personal circumstances.
In September 2018, I began working remotely and took on the role of Evaluation Officer, providing continuation for some of the Athena SWAN actions and other departmental projects. I am currently conducting a mixed-methods research project called Dr and Dr: A Study of Female Clinical Academics in Neuroscience. This study aims to understand the cultural and systematic barriers that women face in clinical academic careers by focusing on NDCN. Four objectives have been identified: 1) to identify cultural perceptions of neurology and cognate specialities amongst students and clinical academics; 2) to document the careers of female clinical academics at NDCN, including recent leavers; 3) to understand the difficulties in progression that women face in clinical academia; and 4) to develop a set of principles that contribute to success for women in clinical academic careers. The study will culminate in a project symposium in November 2019 during which the results will be presented. Good practice guidelines, anonymised career path examples and an academic article based on the research will also be produced.
Prior to joining NDCN, I completed a PhD in early nineteenth-century French women's writing at the University of Bristol. My thesis explored the intersection of gender and nationhood, as well as other protected characteristics, which allows me to bring an academic perspective to the issues faced within my Staff Development role. Alongside my research activities, I work as a freelance translator and public engagement facilitator, working on outreach schemes and organising events through the University of Bristol, Translators in Schools, The Brilliant Club, and Routes into Languages. Information on my academic and other professional activities can be found on my website.
Please note I am a casual, remote worker and do not follow a regular work pattern. At times, there may be a delay in responding to your message.