D&I Committee members
Please see below for profiles from some of our Athena SWAN committee members.
Head of School
After gaining a degree in Physics, Jon worked in the software industry for seven years before returning to academia to take an MSc and PhD. He started as a full-time academic in 1999 and joined the School of Computer Science in 2002, where he is now Head of School. He is married with three teenage children and enjoys cycling and occasionally skiing in his spare time.
Head of Operations
Julia works part-time (0.8fte) and joined the School in March 2016, after 18 years working in a leadership role within the Faculty of Engineering at Nottingham. She is married to a full-time academic at another University and they have a school age child. Julia has worked both part-time and full-time flexibly, in order to accommodate childcare needs and help achieve a positive work/life balance.
Rong has been an academic in the School of Computer Science since 2005. She started her PhD more than 17 years ago and worked as research associate in the same school. She is married with a full time IT technician and software developer and they have one school age daughter.
Dr Sarah Martindale is a Research Fellow at Horizon Digital Economy Research, an interdisciplinary RCUK Research Hub based in the School of Computer Science. She started working there in January 2012, her first postdoctoral position after completing a PhD at another university. She has worked flexibly since her daughter started school and her husband, previously a stay-at-home parent, returned to full-time employment.
Senior Research Fellow
Holger Schnadelbach is a Senior Research Fellow in the Mixed Reality Lab (MRL), one of the research groups in the School of Computer Science. He has been working in the MRL for 13 years on Human Computer Interaction as his main research area. Together with his partner, who is a teacher in a Nottingham primary school, he is looking after two young children.
Graham has been an academic in the School of Computer Science since 1995. He is originally from Glasgow in Scotland, and received a PhD from the University of Glasgow. He then spent a few years in research positions in Sweden and The Netherlands, before moving to Nottingham where he is now a Professor. He is married with two boys, and in his spare time enjoys cars, cooking, and football.
Boriana has been an academic in the school for over ten years. She has two young children and her husband is in full time employment. She has been working part time (0.6FTE) since returning from her second maternity leave. Boriana was one of the two team members who conducted a focus group with staff to follow up the results of the survey.
After obtaining undergraduate and Masters degrees in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Milena received PhD degree in Computer Science in 2002. Milena has been an academic in the School since 2003. She has one young child and her husband is in full time employment. Milena has been involved in Athena SWAN since the end of 2014.
Research Administration Officer
Sam works in the School’s Research Support Office and provides operational support for the Mixed Reality Lab research group. She has a long-standing interest in equality issues and has spent time working as the Equality Coordinator for UNISON’s University of Nottingham branch and was a member of the institution’s Staff Equality and Diversity Committee. Sam has been able to bring this experience to the School’s Athena SWAN committee and also provides administrative support when required.
Pepita is studying for a PhD in Digital Economy. Pepita's studies focus on the patients' perspective of sharing long health data. She is based in the Intelligent Modelling and Analysis Research Group in the School of Computer Science. Pepita has worked in Nottingham as a Mental Health Nurse and has also held a number of NHS Project Manager position in collaborative service improvement and safety projects in hospitals and in the community.
Alexandra is studying for a PhD in Optimization Techniques for Heuristic Algorithms. She is particularly interested in Human Computation and Cognitive Computing techniques to apply for the Office Space Allocation problem. She is part of the ASAP (Automated Scheduling Optimization and Planning) research group from the School of Computer Science. She also has a special interest in the problem of female underrepresentation in STEM fields, which made her become founder member of two ACM-W Student Chapters. These associations aim to encourage women involvement, inclusion and minimize the gender imbalance in Computer Science.
Hamzah Abdulla is an undergraduate Computer Science student and the President of the University of Nottingham Computer Science Society. He has regularly helped as a School Ambassador on Open Days and been an active member of School Athena SWAN group.
Gail is currently Senior Tutor in the School of Computer Science and is one of the school’s Disability Liaison Officers. Gail has experience of working with people with a range of learning differences and mental health problems. A large part of Gail’s role is teaching and she has, over the years, taught students from many different backgrounds and cultures and she very much enjoys working with our diverse student population.
Gemma is the Operations Assistant to the School and has been at the School since September 2016 and has worked at the University since 2014. She lives with her partner and enjoys visiting family during weekends and enjoys volunteering at various charities.
Transitional Associate Professor
Mercedes Torres Torres is a Transitional Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. She is a member of the Computer Vision Lab and the Horizon Institute. She holds a PhD in Image Processing and Machine Learning from the University of Nottingham and her background is computer science, with particular focus on machine learning, and image analysis and processing. Her research interests lie at the intersection of computer vision, machine learning, and healthcare. Her current work focuses on developing new methods to combine deep learning with small and skewed datasets.
Amy is a second year PhD student within the Mixed Reality Laboratory research group at the University of Nottingham. In addition to her studies she is passionate about learning and development and supports her community through involvement with the hobbyist hacking and programming society HackSoc as the Outreach and Inclusivity Secretary. Amy also organised the Women in Technology conference at The University of Nottingham in 2016 and 2017, which promotes gender inclusivity in technology careers by showcasing women in technical roles and hosting workshops that teach attendees new skills from the ideation of projects to learning how to code.