Recognising Excellence: Our Women of Achievement 2018
The outstanding achievements of 15 female colleagues and students were recognised at this year’s Women of Achievement Awards.
The winners of the Women of Achievement Awards 2018
Held in the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, the Awards were hosted by Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation. Alumna and Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre, Elaine Bedell, gave a keynote speech and presented the winners with their award certificates.
Held for the fifth time, the Awards are a key part of the Universitys Leeds Gender Framework. They celebrate the significant contributions and impact that the winners have made across the University and beyond. The women receiving awards were all nominated by their peers, and represent academic and professional staff, as well as students, and are drawn from across the University. They all share a common commitment to excellence and have performed outstandingly in their fields, whether this be in research, student education or student experience, scholarship, leadership of key University initiatives, or supporting administrative and technical activities.
The years Women of Achievement are:
Professor Barbara Evans , School of Civil Engineering
International Water Association (IWA) 2017 Development Award: Research
Dr Claire Eldridge, School of History
Awarded the Royal Historical Societys Gladstone Prize
Professor Claire Honess, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies/Leeds Doctoral
Founder of the Leeds Doctoral College
Dr Cristina Stefan, School of Politics and International Studies
The British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (March 2017)
Elizabeth Kapasa, School of Mechanical
Won the national Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicines Spiers Prize for Outreach 2017 for her contribution to promoting bioengineering.
Professor Fiona Meldrum, School of Chemistry
Awarded the 2017 Interdisciplinary Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Professor Jane Nixon, Leeds Institute of
Clinical Trials Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health
Made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to health research (2017)
Dr Julia Steinberger, School of Earth and Environment
Leverhulme Research Leadership Award (2017)
Dr Katie Field, School of Biology
* Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research
Translational (David Phillips) Fellowship (2016-2021)
* Philip Leverhulme Trust Prize (2017)
* Rank Prize New Investigator Award (2016)
Lenka Vráblíková, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
After her leading role in organising the international Feminist Readings conference at the University in 2016, Lenka helped to secure funding for the Feminist Readings Network from the Gender and Education Association.
Head of Educational Engagement
Awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours (2018) list for her services to Higher Education
Dr Louise Ellis, Sustainability Services
*attainment of ISO14001, a University-wide, accredited, Environmental Management System which provides a framework to systematically assess and track our environmental legal compliance
* winner of six Green Gown awards for Sustainability practices
* winner of the Carbon Trust Energy award for best Sustainability Communications Campaign
Pamela Macpherson-Barrett, Head of Policy, Funding & Regulation, Strategy
Played a leading role in the Universitys Teaching Excellence Framework submission, for which the University was awarded Gold.
Pinar Akman, School of Law
Awarded a Philip Leverhulme Trust Prize (2017)
Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin, Centre for
Decision Research, Leeds University Business School
* made Fellow of the Psychonomic Society (US)
* made Fellow of the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging, and Retirement (NETSPAR)
All eight of the Universitys faculties were represented in the Awards, as was the Leeds Doctoral College and professional services such as Educational Engagement, Sustainability Services, and Strategy and Planning, showing how excellence is being achieved throughout the institution.
Portrait photographs of the award winners will shortly be installed as part of a permanent exhibition in Parkinson Court. The images of this years winners will join those of the 50 women recognised in previous Women of Achievement Awards, helping to create an enduring showcase celebrating the Universitys talented and remarkable women, and providing exemplary female role models to inspire other staff and students in their career development.
The judging panel also selected five further female colleagues to appear on the Women of Achievement Roll of Honour:
Andrea Nelson, Dame Kathleen Raven Professor in Clinical Nursing Research, Head
of the School of Healthcare, Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Medicine and Health
An exceptional clinical researcher who is widely recognised for her contributions to the field of nursing management of chronic wounds.
McCaw, Student, Leeds University Business School, President of the Leeds Women
in Leadership Society
Co-founded the Leeds Women in Leadership Society in 2016 and was later elected president.
Julia Barrow, Professor of Medieval Studies, School of History
Elected a Fellow of the British Academy for her outstanding contribution to research and distinction in the humanities and social sciences.
Hossack, Student, School of Food Science and Nutrition
A Food Science and Nutrition student who turned her award-winning blog Top with Cinnamon into a cookbook which is recognised internationally.
Dr Anwesha Sarkar, Associate Professor of Food
Colloids, School of Food Science and Nutrition
Recognised for her contributions to the field of oral processing. In 2017 she was awarded €1.3m by the European Research Council.
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