Working Group

Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team

Change of culture

The main emphasis of the Athena SWAN charter is to change attitudes and cultures within science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) disciplines with a view to address inequalities within the disciplines and to create more diversity at management and policy-making levels.

The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering Athena SWAN working group meets regularly to review relevant statistics and identify where policies and practices can address any obstacles, real or perceived to encourage female representation and greater diversity within the School.

 

Margaret Emsley

Margaret Emsley

Chair of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, Senior Lecturer

Work place experience including “work-life balance”: Margaret has worked at the University for 27 years and when appointed was the first female academic in her School. Previously she has had responsibility for elderly parents. She is also a Magistrate and School Governor.

Fiona Saunders

Member of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, Lecturer

Work place experience including “work-life balance”: Teaching focused lecturer on both undergraduate and post graduate taught programmes, part-time doctoral research student in MACE,  works flexibly on a 60% contract as mum of two children (aged 8 and 4) and has taken 12 months maternity leave and 12 months adoption leave since 2004. Husband has a career as an academic at another HE institution.

Therese Lawlor-Wright

Member of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, Lecturer

Work place experience including “work-life balance”: Therese is a mid-career academic. She is married with two grown-up children and has worked in the manufacturing industry and in consultancy. Therese has also had experience of part-time and flexible working.

Anas Bataw

Anas Bataw

Member of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, PhD student

Work place experience including “work-life balance”: Anas Bataw has a professional background as a chartered Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He is currently half way through his Postgraduate research whilst contributing towards teaching within the University and working as a consultant for the BIM Academic forum across the UK. His role in the Athena SWAN is to liaise with the team and provide a perspective of postgraduate students.

Graham Hall

Member of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, Lecturer

Work place experience including “work-life balance”: Graham has recently been appointed lecturer after completing a number of post-doctoral research associate projects.  His role in the Athena SWAN is to provide a perspective of someone at the early stages of their teaching and research career.

Adrian D Nembhard

Member of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, PhD Student 

Work place experience including “work-life balance”: Adrian is an experienced Mechanical Engineering with background in the demanding Mining and Metals and Power Generation industries. He is currently balancing his time in the School of MACE between active PhD research, part time Teaching Assistance and volunteering for the Athena Swan initiative.  His role in the team involves providing insight from a student’s perspective.

Anne McGourlay

Member of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, Head of School Administration

Work place experience including “work-life balance”: Anne has been Head of School Administration since 2004, having worked previously at UMIST and before that in industry, always in an administrative/managerial capacity.  Her role in the Athena SWAN is to provide information and support to the working group, particularly using her experience of the recruitment of staff.

Andy Gibson

Member of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, Head of School

Provide visible high level support for the Athena SWAN initiative and work place experience including "work-life balance": Andy is the Head of the largest engineering School in the UK with staff working in three engineering diciplines together with groups in Project Management and Climate Change (over 80 academic members of staff). He has active strategies for managing the stress of such a job.

Shan Zhong

Member of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, Lecturer

Work place experience including “work-life balance”: Shan joined Manchester University as a lecturer in 1997 after having spent three years as a postdoc at Oxford University. She is married and has an 18-year year old daughter who is going to university later this year. Shan looked after her daughter mostly by herself when her daughter was between 7 and 13 year old. She hopes to provide a perspective of someone at the mid stage of their academic career to the Athena Swan committee.

M Ahmad Syed

Member of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, Lecturer

Work place experience including “work-life balance”: Ahmad joined MACE 3 years ago as Lecturer after some exposure of working in consulting industry. He is married and has a 1 year old son. He joined the Athena Swan team with an aim to provide insight from the perspective of an early career academic.

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