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Board Membership

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Sam Kingman

PVC, Engineering - EDI Chair

 
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Leah Ridgway

Associate Professor - EDI Co-Chair

Why is equality, diversity and inclusivity important to you?

Because I want everyone to have the support and encouragement to reach their full potential, no matter who they are and what challenges they face.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in Engineering?

If you want to make a difference to people’s lives, then engineering is the career for you. Engineering in three words is “Change the world”

 

Angela Aston

EDI Officer

What does equality, diversity and inclusivity mean to you?

For me it’s about thinking of others and making small steps that will make a big difference to people’s lives.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Having the opportunity to develop ideas for EDI projects, events etc. Working with colleagues both within the Faculty and University-wide to support equality, diversity and inclusion for all staff and students.

 

Rachael Baines

Technical Services

Why is equality, diversity and inclusivity important to you?

Opportunities open to all to study/work to their full potential and the university benefits from having a wider pool of talent.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in Engineering?

As long as you are willing to adapt and learn new skills, you can have a long career as an engineering technician. With sufficient training, you can become competent in this role, and although a degree in your chosen field will be beneficial for career progression, it is not a necessity.

 

Louise Brown

Senior Research Fellow

Why is equality, diversity and inclusivity important to you?

It's been shown that teams function better when they have a diverse makeup, so it's import ant for us to make sure that we give everyone the opportunity to follow their chosen career path and therefore create the pool of people needed to make up those great teams.

What's been the greatest moment of your career so far?

I think this would have to be gaining an EPSRC Research Software Engineering fellowship. It's given me a huge number of opportunities both in my research area and to help establish the RSE career path in academia.

 

Laura Conkey

Department Coordinator

What does EDI mean to you?

It means recognising and celebrating the diversity of our workplace, giving colleagues the opportunity to express their needs and creating a supportive work environment.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The variety of jobs and the mix of people makes the faculty and the university a really interesting place to work. It’s also the people that make it, it’s clear that everyone cares about each other and we’re all in this together.

 
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Sarah Davidson

Associate Professor

Why is equality, diversity and inclusivity important to you?

Because talent should be allowed to flourish and should be free of barriers.

What's the biggest challenge in your field?

The adoption of new technology, processes and ways of working to improve productivity and impact in the construction industry.

 
Ioanna Dimitriou

Ioanna Dimitriou

Assistant Professor

Why is equality, diversity and inclusivity important to you?

The greater the mix of people in the university, the greater the mix of skills, experiences and ideas we can draw on. Our university should be a place where everyone is valued as an individual and all employees have a choice and their own beliefs and values are respected.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Working in a friendly department, the interaction with undergraduate and postgraduate students and exciting research towards climate change mitigation.

 
April Extall Black

April Extall-Black

Resource Officer

What does EDI mean to you?

It means working with and celebrating the diversity of students and staff and ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to be the best version of themselves.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The variety of the people that I interact with on a daily basis and the work that I do. No day is ever the same!

 
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Jan-Frederik Flor

PhD Student

Why is equality, diversity and inclusivity important to you?

Because building the future with the participation of a diverse range of people in equal terms raises the hope for a world where everybody feels included and finds the means for fulfilling their dreams.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I am an international student and architect by training. I have spent some time in the industry designing and building lightweight membrane structures around the world before deciding to come back to academia and venturing on a PhD course at Nottingham University. Energy performance of buildings has become the centre of my research interest, and now, nearly at the end of my studies, I am excited to see some of the ideas for sustainable buildings become reality in the not so far future

 
Lynda Gamble

Lynda Gamble

HR Business Partner

What does equality, diversity and inclusivity mean to you?

That everyone, no matter what their background and characteristics, have access to systems and structures to enable them to be the best they can be in a genuinely supportive environment where difference is celebrated.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The variety of my work and of course my colleagues - you never know what is going to be the challenge from one day to the next! Also seeing commitment and tangible progress on the EDI agenda and being part of initiatives that make a genuine difference.

 
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Dafne Gaviria Arcila

PhD Student

Why is equality, diversity and inclusivity important to you?

It is important to include everybody because everybody has something to say based in their background and experiences which enrich any decision-making. If everybody feels included it can be observed an environment with harmony and happiness.

What's the biggest challenge in your field?

The biggest challenge for me now is finishing my PhD thesis.

 
Paul Halford

Paul Halford

Senior Technician

What does equality, diversity and inclusivity mean to you?

Everyone should be treated equally no matter what their role in society is, we should protect people from being discriminated against on the grounds of group membership i.e. Sex, Race Disability, Sexual Orientation Religion, Belief or Age.

How would you explain your area of work?

Varied, and Satisfying.

 

David Hargreaves

Associate Professor

 
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Melissa Mather

Associate Professor

 
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Ellen Mattingley

Trainee Technician

Why is equality, diversity and inclusivity important to you?

When a group of people are segregated, willingly or not, it breeds an irrational fear of people that are different. This is why communities with a diverse group of people are more accepting of others, no matter their gender, colour, or religious beliefs. I believe we owe it to our community to ensure when anyone walks in to a workplace they feel it is safe and fair.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

As a technician I get to work on interesting projects with students and research groups. I enjoy being able to learn about the research being done around me and getting to know a range of people even if only for a year. Although, the part I enjoy the most is working the machines and physically making things watching blank lumps of material become intricate parts which make even larger assemblies work.

 
Rachel Moore

Rachel Moore

Assistant Professor

What does equality, diversity and inclusivity mean to you?

When people from different backgrounds, with different experiences and traits work together, that’s when society really progresses. We need inclusion to make sure no one is left out and that everyone has a voice. Too many people are skipped over due to their circumstances.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The Foundation Programme supports a high proportion of Widening Participation students. I enjoy seeing students, who come on to the program feeling like imposters, leave the program to start their degree feeling more confident.

 
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Samanta Piano

Assistant Professor

What does equality, diversity and inclusivity mean to you?

We are all different, it is our diversity that makes everyone unique and special, however it is important that everybody is treated equally and have the possibility to express themselves

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The dynamicity of my work, doing different things every day and have the possibility to work with different people all around the world: with different cultures and personalities.

 

Andrew Plummer

Technical Services

What does equality, diversity and inclusivity mean to you?

That whoever we are, we shouldn’t be denied an opportunity.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The variety: Be that in the form of jobs we undertake here in the workshop or the people I meet daily bringing those jobs to the workshop.

 
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Anca Pordea

Assistant Professor

 
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Eva Roemer-Barnes

Administrator/Receptionist,

What does equality, diversity and inclusivity mean to you?

Equality, diversity and inclusion means celebrating difference and the belief that regardless of gender, ethnicity, class, ability, age, sexual orientation, religion or the way someone looks or dresses, opportunities should be available to each and every one of us. When we are all welcome, we all benefit.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The contact with staff, students and visitors. Also, the simple fact that I can make someone’s day by just being kind, thoughtful and by trying to do my job to the best of my ability. And a smile certainly never hurts :)

 

Brendan Ryan

Assistant Professor

What does equality, diversity and inclusivity mean to you?

It is about having respect for everyone, in how think about and interact with them. We shouldn’t focus on differences – we are all unique and have much to offer.

How would you explain your area of work?

In Ergonomics and Human Factors people are important. We help in designing the world around us, with a clear focus on people. Diversity must be a part of this. Things may not always be easy to achieve in practice, but we need to start somewhere.

 
Claire Simpson

Claire Simpson

Education and Student Experience Manager

 
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Liz Simpson

Performance and Business Systems Manager

What does equality, diversity and inclusivity mean to you?

Ensuring equal access to opportunities for staff and students to fully participate in their learning process.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The interaction with staff and the variety of content.

 
Chris Sprange

Chris Sprange

Strategic Intelligence Analyst

What does equality, diversity and inclusivity mean to you?

It means supporting and celebrating the individual and allowing everyone to thrive whilst being themselves.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I have had a varied career working within the Civil Service, private industry and the Police so I have experience working in a varied variety of organisations.

 
Laura Walker

Laura Walker

Faculty of Engineering Wellbeing Activities Officer

Why is equality, diversity and inclusivity important to you?

Because when we work together with true mutual respect we can create a happier, healthier environment which in turn can produce amazing achievements and outcomes. When every individual is valued for who they are - no matter their background, identity, appearance, age, gender or ability it brings out the best in people. We can then draw on each other's strengths and work together to build a better world.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Thinking creatively about how to promote health and empower staff to improve their wellbeing. Having the opportunity to help people to be happier and healthier is a big motivation. Creating a culture of wellbeing and seeing how people may be helped, even in small ways, by communications, activities, events or even having a chat is inspiring and rewarding.

 
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Jessica Wardlaw

Research Fellow

What does equality, diversity and inclusivity mean to you?

It means that no matter what your background, you have the possibility to fulfil your potential, realise your dreams, and your perspective is valued and respected.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Am I allowed to say two things? The variety of projects I have been and continue to be involved with never cease to surprise me. Above and beyond that though, my projects resonate with people’s everyday lives and are tied to real-world problems, no matter how tenuously. If I’m not allowed two then I’ll add a third. I’m continuously learning because my work rewards experimenting!

 

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