Molly Fergusson Initiative awards

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Thank you to all who organised and attended the Molly Fergusson Initiative launch on Wednesday 17 November.

The Initiative - named after the School's pioneering civil engineering alumna Mary "Molly" Fergusson - works to support all women and their allies in the School of Engineering, and ultimately hopes to encourage more women to pursue and to stay in the engineering profession.

The launch day featured talks and debates, a careers workshop with inspiring speakers from different industries, and concluded with “The Mollys” award show with musical entertainment.

Congratulations to the following prize winners:

  • Katrina Saridakis (Research Support Secretary) won the Extra Mile award for going above and beyond to support those around them. "Katrina has been a shining light in the university since I joined, offering guidance, understanding and support and ultimately being a wonderful role model."
  • Dr David Rush (Senior Lecturer) was named Amazing Ally for his leadership of the School's Athena Swan Silver application. "David was particularly keen to ensure that all staff, including those in Professional Services, had their experiences reflected in this self-assessment exercise, regardless of the huge amount of additional work this involved."
  • Dawn Potter (Computing Officer) won Hidden Contribution. "Dawn has supported the School for over 25 years, and has developed, maintained and adapted computer systems, web forms and databases on a multitude of platforms, in many coding languages and frameworks. Exam marking and annual reviews would still be paper based and sent by post if it had not been for the hidden contribution Dawn has delivered diligently and professionally, with humour and kindness, from 7am every morning for more than a quarter of a century. Outstanding."
  • Jackie Gordon (Research Support Secretary) won Social Soldier - "Jackie has done an amazing job fundraising for mental health charities and refugees".
  • Gunel Aghabayli (Postgraduate Research Student) won Gender Defender. "Gunel founded Azerbaijani Women in Science to promote STEM subjects among women in Azerbaijan, mentoring Azerbaijani women that want to come to the UK to study/work in STEM and organising an annual forum in October to raise awareness of existing biases and barriers, as well as opportunities in STEM."

Well done also to the following 'Highly commended' nominees

  • Dr Danai Korre (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
  • Dr Joe Burchell (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
  • Dr Katherine Dunn (Lecturer) 
  • Billy Rosendale (IT Web Developer)

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