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.
Jason Atkins has held an academic position at the school since 2010, having previously worked as research fellow at the school on optimisation and scheduling. His work on flight take-off times is currently being used by Heathrow airport. Jason graduate with a BSc Hons in 'Mathematics with computing' after which he completed his PGCE and worked as a secondary school teacher in Maths and IT followed by spending around a decade working in industry before completing his PhD at the University of Nottingham.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shashank is a postdoctoral research associate at the Computer Vision Lab (CVL). Having completed his PhD in 2017 at the University of Nottingham, his current area of research is in automatic facial expression recognition and its applications in mental health. Originally from India, he completed his Masters in Germany before moving to Nottingham in 2013. He has a keen interest in food and travel.
Senior Research Fellow
Joe is a senior research fellow in the Mixed Reality Lab, a research group in the school. He has worked in the school for 10 years, doing research into full body interaction with computers, He has two children and spent 7 years working part time whilst they were young.
Institute Finance Officer
Kev is the Finance Officer for Horizon Digital Economy and as of October 2017 taken up the same role at MRL. He splits his time between these two positions and has worked at the University since 2009.
Pat has worked in the Mixed Reality Lab as a research fellow for 9 years on the design and evaluation of interactive systems for entertainment and education. His current focus is on participatory design, wellbeing and mental health. He gained his PhD in Psychology investigating communication media and deception. Pat is strongly invested in equality, diversity and inclusion partly because of being in an interacial partnership and with two young children of mixed heritage.
Chia is studying a degree in Computer Science and has a special interest in Artificial Intelligence and programming. She aims to pursue a career in Software Development and has completed an internship in this role at a local Nottingham business. She is also the co-founder of the Women in Technology society, which aims to improve female participation in the sector by encouraging the study of STEM subjects and providing skills to pursue a career in tech.
Previously having spent two years in the Ningbo Campus and one year in Nottingham, Tuo is now in his final year study for the Bachelor Degree in Computer Science. He is keen on trending CS technology like machine learning, data science and virtual reality, as well as music, especially rock music. Originally from China, he hopes to get into more diverse cultures, oriental and western alike. He plays his Fender guitar in his leisure time.
Ashia is an undergraduate student on the BSc Computer Science with a Year in Industry course. She has studied Computer Science since doing her GCSEs in 2015 and is especially interested in Data Science/Data Engineering. Ashia is another co-founder of the Women in Technology Society and also Education Rep for the 2018/19 academic year. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, travelling and watching YouTube.