Meghan Gray

School of Physics and Astronomy, Anne McLaren Fellowship

After being appointed as lecturer, Meghan secured a Science and Technology Facilities Council Advanced Research Fellowship. She found the Fellowship’s mentoring programme invaluable. Meghan’s key achievements since her Fellowship are as Principal Investigator of STAGES, an international collaboration with astronomers from Europe, the US and Canada to exploit her large programme on the Hubble Space Telescope (www.nottingham.ac.uk/astronomy/stages), which has enjoyed international attention.

Meghan has published more than 30 scientific papers since the beginning of her Fellowship. She was chair of the organising committee of an international conference on galaxy evolution hosted at the University’s Malaysia Campus in April 2009. Meghan has had extensive participation in public engagement of science, particularly for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy and the School of Physics and Astronomy’s Sixty Symbols project, which has had over 5 million views on YouTube (http://www.sixtysymbols.com/index.html).

I'm grateful to the Anne McLaren Fellowship Scheme for providing a launchpad for my long-term career here at Nottingham. Holding an independent fellowship at the crucial early-career stage gave me the freedom to pursue my own research agenda, with the goal of obtaining a permanent position - a goal I am happy to say I have now achieved!
Meghan Gray

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