For championing diversity in STEM and supporting ECRs to develop their careers.
Caroline is a champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. In conjunction with playing a key role in the School of Engineering's Athena Swan activities, Caroline wrote a successful grant bid with Helen Mulvana (now at Strathclyde University) and others to the EPSRC Inclusion Matters call. The project, VisNET (Virtual in situ networking), aims to reinvent the rules of international collaborations and reduce gender differences in academic careers.
Within this, a cohort of 30+ female PDRAs were recruited and given bespoke training, peer-mentoring and development activities with a focus on building a professional network that will aid in our career development going forward. A particular highlight was the Collaboration event which linked the PDRAs with industry and academics at a two-day event in the Glasgow Women's library.
Caroline has also advocated for EDI externally and is a member of Tigers (The Inclusion Group for Equity in Research) in STEMM who are passionate about improving equality, diversity, inclusion & accessibility and aim to highlight issues in institutions as well as the government.
For displaying selfless leadership with a collaborative approach, exerting enormous effort to motivate and support colleagues, especially ECRs
Muhammad supports a large team of early and advanced career colleagues by providing constructive feedback, effective guidance, and sharing of resources and external academic / industrial connections to promote their career growth. This has led to significant successful external grant capture, industrially funded studentships and recognitions for his colleagues across the University. Muhammad has extensive collaborations within the School of Engineering and beyond, and has shared these networks to allow opportunities for others to progress or lead on many projects. This cross-University working was reflected in multiple nominations and endorsements from his School, research group and other Colleges.
For using his personal research to facilitate the research of others from PGRs to senior colleagues across the University.
John is a model for what a long-term Research-only member of staff in Arts can contribute to the research culture of the University. This is in the context of the versatility of his own research rather than his AHRC-funded project-work on medieval Scottish Latin sources—in particular his work on Bengali charters (published 2019) and on heritage-minority communities in Kolkata and Bangladesh (published 2019), as well as in Church history and theology.
John was nominated by colleagues from all four Colleges, with an extremely impressive list of examples of where he has shared his expertise and networks, promoted inclusion and supported international activity and cross disciplinary working.
Led by Joanna Royle an innovative open-access response to the pandemic, to support ECRs with a structured programme of personal and professional development during lockdown.
PGR@Home was developed and launched within just a few weeks, in response to the pandemic, when many PGRs and postdocs were feeling anxious about their future, and operating in often isolated, lonely and make-shift conditions. The aim was to provide on-line support in the form of bite-sized opportunities for PGR personal and professional development, and to introduce PGRs to key University of Glasgow staff and resources that can help them on their research journeys, as well as engendering a research community even under lockdown conditions.
PGR@Home launched with an introductory video, followed by 10 weeks of different themes, with synchronous and asynchronous elements. Our PGR@Home website includes downloadable resources, quizzes, links to other sites, and set tasks. The end of each week saw a ‘Chat Café’ with the key delivery partners present to answer questions. ‘Unexpected Encounters’ provided an opportunity to connect with peers via non-work chats.
This was a truly cross-University effort, with contributions from staff and current PGRs, from several services (including the Library and IT) and Schools.