Committee members are advocates for equality, diversity and inclusion for all individuals, regardless of their race, gender, age, sexuality or career status. Find out more about their roles and responsibilities, and how to get in touch, below.
Jon believes that the curiosity that science cultivates helps us to value diversity and difference, and to reimagine our place in the world. Athena SWAN is a commitment to encourage a small part of such diversity, to create more creative, inclusive, and stimulating working environments. In particular, he sees the lack of gender equality as symptomatic of broader issues to do with economic and cultural marginalisation.
Sinead recently joined the School of Biological Sciences as a Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, working on the role of mothers in evolution. She is keen to hear from, and represent the views of, those who have concerns about caring responsibilities, flexible working, returning from leave, as well as settling into new jobs or roles within the School
Corrie is the Senior Executive Assistant in Biological Sciences and the admin lead on the committee. Corrie and the administrative teams are committed to helping implement Athena SWAN driven initiatives and processes in the School.
James is part of the Research Facilities Technical team, and runs Stores every morning. James has come from a behavioural ecology background, and was previously working with a variety of wildlife conservation charities across the UK. James joined the Athena Swan committee to help represent technicians and post-graduate students, particularly with increasing workloads and responsibilities and concerns of unfair treatment.
As technical manager for Life Sciences, Anthony represents and supports core technical staff and research grant funded staff.
Claire Grierson's activities to promote equality and diversity began at the John Innes Centre during her PhD research in the late '80s. During this time she argued for sick leave and maternity leave to be consistently supported by PhD funders. During her career, she has done a wide range of jobs from providing media as a research technician in a large communal lab, to running postgraduate training for hundreds of Masters/PhD students and leading groups of academics on big research projects, and is Head of School from 1st August 2018. Claire recently trained as an Acceptable Behaviour advisor, hoping that this will help identify and resolve problems that stop people enjoying their work.
Tayla has always had an interest in diversity and equality, particularly as different backgrounds give different perspectives leading to better and more well-rounded outcomes. She has been on the Athena SWAN committee as the postdoc representative since the beginning of the department’s bronze application and has seen first-hand the positive outcomes in the general work environment of the department. Noticeable points include external tutors, tiered mentoring, lunchtime discussions and a general improvement in the attitude of the department. For the past two years, she has been a local organiser for Bristol’s Soapbox Science, a science communication event aimed at promoting women in science.
Will is a Teaching Laboratory Technician in the department. He is eager to make the work place an all-inclusive environment, which includes students and all members of staff. Will is very happy to be a person of contact for anyone with any queries or concerns.
Jill is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer working on plant evolution and development. She wishes to support students and colleagues in working creatively irrespectively of their background or personal circumstances. Jill has a particular interest in graduate student support as she is Deputy Director of Graduate Studies.
Jane is a Professor of Ecology and is keen to improve the work life balance of all academics, especially those with caring responsibilities.
Tom manages the School of Biological Sciences experimental greenhouses, which include a state of the art GroDome. Tom is a committed Athena SWAN committee member as well as contributing to many of the social events within the School.
Heather is a Reader in Plant Interactions. She is interested in ways to support people as they balance the challenges of academic work with the roles they hold outside work, including elder care, childcare , health issues or the ‘two-body’ problem.
Bethany Eldridge, Postgraduate representative
Beth is a BBSRC SWBiosciences Doctoral Training Partnership funded PhD student in plant science. She is especially interested in ensuring that postgraduates have a voice and feel supported by raising the concerns of the postgraduate community. Beth is also keen to encourage more communication between postgraduates and undergraduates.
Kate Pereira Maia
Kate is an oversees PhD student in Ecology. She was always curious to understand why there were so many women in all levels of ecology education but in the highest one. She saw in the Athena Swan an opportunity to learn more about how to improve gender equality in Universities, so she can bring this knowledge with her wherever she goes next.
Harry Suter, Undergraduate representative
As a member of the Athena SWAN committee, I represent the undergraduate community of the school of Biological Sciences. My role involves relaying the work of the committee to undergraduate students as well as voicing the opinions of undergraduates to the committee. I personally believe that promoting a safe and equal working environment is key to creating an enjoyable and productive experience at university. This is something I have personally benefited from in my time at Bristol and I am therefore keen to make sure others do to. I strongly encourage anyone who wants to find out more, get involved or talk about any issues they may be facing to get in touch with me.
Erica is a Senior Research Associate in sensory biophysics and Research Staff representative for the School of Biological Sciences. She is eager to be involved in making the school more inclusive and welcoming for all people regardless of their background.
Minute Taker: Shanice Ferguson