As Head of Department, I am deeply aware of the importance of inclusivity in science. Our actions and initiatives aim to ensure that staff and students have the same opportunities to fulfil their academic potential, irrespective of gender, race, faith, sexuality or any other aspects of their background. I look forward to continuing to work together with my colleagues to fully realise this aim.
Dr James Wakefield - Head of Department
Biosciences at Streatham Campus is proud to hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award.
This award recognizes our work towards addressing gender inequality, tackling unequal gender representation and improving career progression for female academics.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - Biosciences
Biosciences at the University of Exeter is proud to be an open and inclusive department where the diversity of our staff and students contributes to our success in education and research.
We are committed to maintaining an inclusive environment for all our staff and students, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
Celebrating International Women's Day 2023
Prof Adilia Warris
Prof Adilia Warris is an inspiring Mycologist and Paediatrician and the Co-Director of the Centre for Medical Mycology. She is an excellent example of a professor who strives for excellence but also cares about and understands those she works with.
Dr Ceri Lewis
Dr Ceri Lewis is a marine biologist working to understand the impacts of human induced global changes on marine animals. She uses her work in remote places such as the High Arctic and the Galapagos Islands to engage school children around the world through online lessons live from the field.
Alongside her PhD research on pink sea fans, Kirsty MacLeod completed a POST Fellowship where she led a Parliamentary inquiry for the Environmental Audit Select Committee and led the organisation of the first virtual Marine Biological Association postgraduate conference.
Courtney Lendon is using next generation microcrystal structural biology techniques to direct therapeutic development against an array of pathogens. Alongside her PhD she helps with teaching, organises seminars and PhD events in the LSI, and started the Biosciences running group to bring scientists together.
Tina Schrader & Dr Ruth Carmichael
Research by Tina Schrader (Senior Research Technician) and Dr Ruth Carmichael (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) has helped expand our understanding of organelle dynamics and disease. They were recently featured in the Journal of Cell Science to accompany their research article uncovering a new pathway of organelle biogenesis.
Dr Alison Gifford
Dr Alison Gifford recently graduated with MRes in Fungal Pathobiology and Immunology with distinction, a Dean’s commendation for exceptional academic performance, and a new-born baby strapped to her front. Her work as a clinical PhD fellow, lecturer in Paediatric Global Health, and Senior Paediatric Registrar while raising three children is an inspiring example of a woman in science.
Audrey Farbos is a Senior Technician at the University of Exeter Sequencing Facility where she prepares samples for sequencing and enjoys helping others with their sequencing projects. She is committed to promoting the work of Technicians in the Faculty and encourage technicians to train and network with each other during monthly Technical Lunches.
Dr Katie Solomon
Dr Katie Solomon is a dedicated and influential education leader, shaping processes within Biosciences (and beyond) to ensure robust and student-centred approaches to learning, teaching and student support. Through her roles as co-Director of Education and Student Experience, Examinations Officer and Senior Tutor, Katie supports both academic and wellbeing aspects of the student experience in Biosciences.
Jennifer Finlay’s PhD research looks at how elevated CO2 and alkalinity impacts fish physiology, growth, welfare, and behaviour. During her PhD Jennifer supported various undergraduate courses in Biosciences, ran researcher development sessions for ECRs across the university, and organised public communication of research events, including Pint of Science.
Dr Alison Hill
Dr Alison Hill has created online resources to support Chemistry and Biochemistry students with their mathematics and data processing skills. She was awarded the RSC Excellence in Higher Education Prize and the Learnsci Teaching Innovation Award 2022 for pioneering the use of unique datasets to ensure fair and robust online assessments.