Physics inclusivity working group
I am a Professor of Astronomy and the Head of Physics and Astronomy. I am interested in how stars and planets form and study these processes using a combination of numerical modelling and multi-wavelength data. Currently, my team is looking for the signatures of planets using extreme adaptive optics systems to observe the dusty discs around protostars. My interest in modelling light transport through circumstellar dust has led me into biomedical modelling of cancer diagnosis, where the scattering processes (and the techniques used to model them) are the same as those used in astrophysics. We are looking at how to improve the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer and the diagnosis of breast cancer. I am passionate about higher education, and I am fully committed to providing a working environment where people from all genders and backgrounds are treated equally and given the opportunity to thrive.
I am an undergraduate student currently studying Physics with a study abroad in Australia and I have a keen interest in science communication and equality in science. These interests have gotten me involved with multiple groups on social media which promote women and other minority groups in science. My interest in gender equality in physics started when I travelled to Grenoble, France to promote women in physics through a nationwide competition. Being a disabled student myself I have a strong focus on advocacy for this group within physics due to it being underrepresented and sometimes even discriminated against. My interest in science communication has led to the opportunity to coach students in local Exeter schools in physics.
I joined the Inclusivity Group in 2020 in order to aid the department in identifying problems marginalised groups may face and helping the department to become more inclusive, as well as celebrating the diversity of the students and staff.
I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the Astrophysics group where I study star and planetary system formation using optical interferometry – a process of combining the light received from multiple telescopes in an array to achieve greater resolution. In addition to the Physics Inclusivity Working Group, I am a member of the Institute of Physics’ LGBT+ Physicists and Astronomers Network and one of the coordinators of the University's LGBTQ+ Staff network. I hope to help develop a more inclusive department and help promote the diversity of its staff and students.
I first joined the university in 2006 as a postdoc, then spent two years in Germany before returning in 2011. I am now a Professor. My research focuses on numerical simulations of galaxies and star formation. I also organise PhD admissions for astrophysics. I have a young (pre-school) daughter, and so am aware of many of the traditional aspects of academia (e.g. working outside regular hours, attending conferences) which can be difficult with young children.
I am Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics and joined the Exeter Astrophysics group in 2004 after holding positions in Cambridge, Manchester and Bonn. My research focuses on studies of star formation and molecular clouds using telescopes at infrared and submillimetre wavelengths, including the Spitzer Space Telescope and the 15-metre James Clerk Maxwell Telescope. I coordinate the JCMT Gould Belt and Transients surveys of local star-forming regions. I currently work part time (70% contract) for a better balance between supporting students and supporting my own two sons. I lead the working group on outreach.
I am a senior lecturer in the Quantum Systems and Nanostructures group with research interests in Theoretical Physics applied to Quantum Mechanics and how it can be used for renewable technologies. I have worked both in industry and in academia and have four children. This has given me the experience of juggling the work/life demands, issues with parental leave and dealing with the difficulties that come with pursuing a career whilst maintaining a good life/work balance. I strongly support equality and often give talks in the community about the positive aspects that science brings to our lives.
I am a postgraduate researcher in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials where I am working on overcoming some of the challenges preventing multimode optical fibres from being used as micro-endoscopes.
I joined the Inclusivity Group in late 2019. I want to celebrate the diversity in our department whilst also aiding the effort to reform systematic problems in our working environment. I hope that my lived-experience of navigating higher education with a complex condition, combined with listening to the experiences of other underrepresented and marginalised groups in STEM, will help our department engage in equitable practice and correct for biases that are often incorporated - subconsciously or otherwise - in our institution.
I am a PhD student in the Astrophysics group where I focus on the effect of aerosols when modelling the atmospheres of exoplanets using the Unified Model (UM) from the Met Office.
Throughout my PhD, I am supported by the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund from the Institute of Physics (IOP) where we promote diversity and inclusivity. As an Asian female in STEM, I hope to encourage people from non-traditional backgrounds to pursue science and celebrate the diversity within the department.
I am a senior lecturer in the Biomedical Physics Group with research interests in the biomechanics and biomaterials of the spine. I joined the University of Exeter in 2010 when my daughter was 2 years old and so have experience juggling the demands of work and life with young children. I am Physics’ Juno Champion.
I came to Exeter as a Ph.D. student in September 2015 and obtained my Ph.D., where I was primarily interested in exploring light-matter interactions in mid-infrared, in October 2019. My Ph.D. was part of a CDT in metamaterials. Currently, I am working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Electromagnetic and acoustic materials group working on synthetic biological control of quantum optics.
I have actively participated in outreach activities and open dialogues in the past discussing inclusivity in STEM for international students. I joined the Inclusivity Group in late 2020 to understand the university’s policies and helping our department to become more inclusive by addressing issues.
I joined the University in 2000 as the Norman Lockyer Professor of Astrophysics to found the Astrophysics Group. My research centres around observations I make using astronomical satellites and large telescopes in the area of star formation and extrasolar planets, addressing questions such as how long the Sun and Earth took to form, and whether there are Earth-like planets elsewhere in the Milky Way.
When I was a graduate student l believed that given time we would reach gender parity in astronomy, but when this did not happen realised I should use administrative posts I held to take more active measures on this and other inclusivity issues. Currently, such posts include Chairing the Board for LSST:UK which is by far the largest ever UK astronomy consortium, where I help drive the equality agenda. In the past I have been Head of Physics during which time we first joined Project Juno. I am also the Mentoring Champion for Physics.
I am an undergraduate student currently studying Physics. As someone with a physical disability and learning difficulties, I am acutely aware of the struggles students like myself experience, both in their studies and in receiving sufficient support from the University.
I joined the Inclusivity Group in late 2021. I hope to promote an environment where all groups of people are represented and one where the needs of the individual can be met.
I am also a president of the Long Covid Society, which aims to raise awareness of the condition and support those suffering from it.