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Silver Award Self-Assessment Team


A cross-divisional Self-Assessment Team (SAT) coordinates the ongoing Athena SWAN-related initiatives.

The SAT is Chaired by the Head of Department, and its members were appointed by him in consultation with the Academic Committee. The SAT meet on a termly basis.

Representatives for particular groups

Head of Department: Prof Richard Prager

Deputy Head of Department: Dr Claire Barlow

Academic Lead: Dr Megan Davies Wykes

Graduate students: Lucia Corsini, Alessandra Luna-Navarro and Ingrid El Helou

Postdocs: Yoanna Shams

College Research Fellows: Dr Rasha Rezk

Division A: Dr Andy Wheeler

Division B: Dr Hannah Joyce

Division C: Dr Athina Markaki

Division D: Dr Christelle Abadie

Division E: Dr Mukesh Kumar

Division F: Dr Timothy O'Leary

Diversity Champion: Dr Luca Magri

Taught Master's Courses: Dr Dai Morgan

CUES Diversity Officer: Caryn Yeow

Researcher Development: Dr Sue Jackson

Head Librarian: Lynne Meehan

Research Office Administrator: Nick Northrop

Technicians: Kevin Bullman

Computer Officers: Dan Sexton

HR and Secretary to the SAT: Lotta Kallioinen

External - E&D Consultant: Dr Miriam Lynn

More about the members

Professor Richard Prager, Chairman

Richard is the Head of Cambridge University Engineering Department.  His research focuses on the development of better non-invasive diagnostic medical imaging systems based on ultrasound.

Richard's work on is particularly focussed on equality of opportunity and access.

Dr Claire Barlow, Deputy Head of the Department (Teaching)

Claire is Deputy Head of Department (Teaching), Senior Lecturer in Materials and Sustainability in Division E, Fellow and Director of Studies at Newnham. The Deputy Head duties mean she is now based at Trumpington Street, but her small research group is still at IfM on the West Cambridge site. She is particularly aware of the problems of split-site operation in the Department. 

Dr Megan Davies Wykes, Academic Lead

Megan is the Liz Acton Lecturer at the Department of Engineering and Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. Her research interests are in environmental fluid mechanics, including pollution in cities and building ventilation. Megan is excited to be the academic lead of the self-assessment team and she feels that it is important that we reach and include all levels of staff, along with making our approach more intersectional.

Yoanna Shams

Yoanna is a Research Assistant at the Centre of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Institute for Manufacturing (Division E). She is also the Postdoctoral and Contract Research Representative at the Athena SWAN SAT.

Dr Rasha Rezk, College Research Fellow

Rasha is a postdoctoral research associate working in the Mechanics, Materials and Design Division. In November 2015, she became a member of Robogal, an engineering society aiming to increase diversity in engineering by taking robotics workshops into schools.  Throughout her graduate studies at the Department, Rasha was extensively involved in organising sports and social activities for women at Wolfson College (as a president of student’s associations and as a captains of the women’s rowing teaming overseeing the implementation of recruitment, training and competitions women’s boats).

Dr Andy Wheeler, Division A Champion

Andy is a lecturer and EPSRC Fellow at the Whittle Laboratory which is part of Division A. His research interests are related to gas turbine and turbomachinery flows. Andy is in charge of Admissions to the Centre for Doctoral Training in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics.  He is also a member of the IMechE/RAeS Combined Propulsion committee, whose roles involve public communication of advances in aerospace propulsion technology through seminars and lectures, and by doing so, encourage and promote innovation and technological development. He has two small children (one boy, one girl), and his wife is also an academic.

Andy comments that in his experience, working within a University can offer many benefits in terms of achieving a sensible work-life balance (such as flexible working and a collegiate atmosphere), however there are still many challenges that need to be addressed, particularly for early-career academics who wish to start a family.

Dr Hannah Joyce, Division B Champion

Hannah is a University Lecturer in the Electrical Engineering Division (Division B). She leads a research group focussed on developing new nano-structured materials for electronics and photonics. This group is 50% female and consists of Hannah, 4 PhD students and 3 postdocs. Hannah's husband is also a researcher in Division B. She and her husband became parents in 2016 and are enjoying balancing family life with their research careers.

Dr Athina Markaki, Division C Champion

Athina is a Lecturer in the Mechanics, Materials and Design Division.  She was a first time mother in 2011. After her maternity leave, she worked part-time during a period of graduated return. She runs a group of 5 PhD students (2 of them are females) and 2 post-docs (both of them are females). She was a member of the University’s Silver Self-Assessment Team (SAT) for an Athena SWAN Silver Award (2014). She co-chaired the Department’s Athena SWAN SAT for a Bronze Award (2013).

Dr Christelle Abadie, Division D champion

Christelle is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering, and a Bye-Fellow of Fitzwilliam College.

Dr Mukesh Kumar, Division E Champion

Mukesh is a Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering in Division E.

Dr Timothy O’Leary, Division F Champion

Timothy O’Leary joined Division F in 2016 as a Lecturer in Information Engineering and Medical Neuroscience. His research combines experimental and theoretical approaches to understand how control and feedback operate in the nervous system, and is increasingly interested in how biological diversity is exploited by living systems to solve tricky optimisation problems.

He trained as a mathematician at the University of Warwick and completed a PhD in experimental neurophysiology in the University of Edinburgh in 2009. Moving between disciplines opened his eyes to the stark differences in gender representation and diversity in different fields and institutions. This motivated him to try to understand and correct the current imbalances in many fields of engineering, having witnessed first-hand the enormous benefits that diversity adds to research, education and the workplace.

Dr Luca Magri, Diversity Champion

Luca is a Lecturer in Thermo-Fluid Dynamics, a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow and a Fellow of Pembroke College. He is also the Engineering Department Diversity Champion.

Dr Dai Morgan, Taught Master’s Course Champion

Dai is Deputy Course Director for the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development.

Dr Sue Jackson, Researcher Development

Sue looks after the ‘Researcher Development’ programme for PhD students and postdocs in the Department of Engineering to provide them personal and professional development plans and opportunities. A Chartered Engineer with a background in Materials Science, she joined the Department in 1999 on completion of a Daphne Jackson Research Fellowship for ‘women returners to work’ at Lucy Cavendish College (a Cambridge College for mature women) where she is now graduate tutor. She is a qualified Coach and is trained as a workshop designer and facilitator. She is married with two offspring.

Lynne Meehan

Lynne is the Librarian in the Department of Engineering. She works part-time and has two children. 

Nick Northrop

Nick works in the Department's Research Office, the office is responsible for handling all matters surrounding our research staff and visitors. The Department currently has around 350 research staff and around 150 visitors. He joined the office in 2012 and is part of a team of five.

Kevin Bullman

Kevin is a Technician for the Design & Technical Services Group supporting students within the Dyson Centre.

Dan Sexton

Dan is the Head of the Information and Computing Services in the Department.

Lotta Kallioinen, SAT Secretary

Lotta first joined the Department in 2006 and is currently the HR Advisor responsible for staff training and development. She is also the Athena SWAN SAT Secretary.

Dr Miriam Lynn, E&D Consultant

Miriam is a member of the University’s Equality and Diversity team assigned to support the School of Technology and its Departments.

Former SAT members

The following former SAT members were involved in the lead-up to the application for the Silver Award:

  • Professor Abir Al-Tabbaa
  • María Balson
  • Sally Collins-Taylor
  • Dr Vivien Gruar
  • Dr Kate Knill
  • Anna-Maria Kypraiou
  • Dr Alice Moncaster
  • Jimi Oluwole
  • Camille Bilger
  • Dr Anna Motta
  • Dr Jenni Sidey
  • Madeline McKerchar
  • Talay Cheema
  • Dr Alexandra Brintrup
  • Diana Thomas-McEwen
  • Prof Tim Ibell
  • Dr Flavia Mancini
  • Barbara Paschalis


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