This #InternationalWomensDay, we’re celebrating the Inspirational women of the Alliance – those working in our member universities who are have been nominated by their peers and colleagues for their inspirational leadership, outstanding contribution to their field, and work championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Our second category is those women nominated for their collaborative and supportive approach to their work. See the rest of the categories here.
|Dee Reid, Director of External Relations, Leeds Beckett University
A one-woman comms machine, I am always so impressed with Dee’s ideas and super sharp insights.
|Tess Piper, Research Excellence Officer, Coventry University
Tess is a breath of fresh air to work with. Her knowledge, drive and kindness motivate others to do a good job. Tess is approachable and always willing to give her time to help others, not only in the workplace but with her volunteering commitments outside of work too. I feel lucky to have worked with Tess throughout this challenging year and I’m always impressed by her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to a task or project alongside a busy workload.
|Rachel Bowden, Head of Evaluation and Policy, University of Brighton
Rachel is generous with her time and knowledge, she is a strategic thinker and a great collaborator. She has her finger on all things evaluation and policy! A real joy to work with.
|Professor Hanifa Shah, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University
Professor Shah always goes above and beyond, and has demonstrated a real passion, zest and enthusiasm for her work throughout her time at BCU. She is a true inspiration for colleagues and students across the University and consistently embodies the ambition and leadership which make her such a valued member of our organisation.
|Tracey Lancaster, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Resources), Leeds Beckett University
Tracey’s empathy, diplomacy and positivity (not forgetting her humour!) during this past year has made the challenging situation easier. She is passionate about placing students at the heart of decision making and has genuinely encouraged collaboration across our university.
|Sarah Flynn, Associate Director of Learning and Teaching (Workplace Learning and Degree Apprenticeships), University of Hertfordshire
Sarah is just on it the whole time. She’s one of the most capable people that I’ve ever worked with and the consummate professional. Sarah is so knowledgeable in her field and a very trusted and supportive colleague. You couldn’t want for a better colleague in your institution.
|Caroline Harries, Chief Financial Officer, Kingston University
Extremely good in her role, always professional and a supportive colleague
Her amazing work ethic, kindness and support to others. Her ability to carry on working during this time effectively whilst children are at home – she’s inspiring! Her attitude is always positive and helpful.
|Jane Golsby, Head of Residential Services, Oxford Brookes University
Their relentless dedication and her positive actions to students residing in university accommodation
|Gedminte Mikulenaite, Vice-Chancellor’s Policy Officer, University of Greenwich
Gedminte has an amazing positivity about her and an authentic can do attitude. She proactively gets in involved and has a passion for initiatives that promote social mobility and always puts students at the heart of the conversation. She also has actively got involved with the development of the University’s Mental Health toolkit. A real star.
|Jen Vanderhoven, Director, National Horizons Centre, University of Teesside
Jen is a global leader in the bioscience industry on a mission to drive forward the region’s life sciences. For Jen, being a successful leader means spending each day motivating and empowering others, taking on bold missions, having a vision and going for it. She successfully balances the roles of being a leader, colleague, friend, mother, wife – and smiling throughout – showing women you can have it all.
|Mazia Yassim, Faculty Quality Enhancement Lead, University of Greenwich
During what has been a difficult year for everyone, Mazia has stepped into a lead role in the faculty to help others as the Faculty Quality Enhancement Lead. While doing this she has continued to improve her own programme that she leads. She has found inspirational ways to create a sense of community for her students, through Covid, examples being through virtual exchanges and publication projects. These types of events have helped students to develop and enable student to create their own brand. All this while finding a novel way to embed SDGs and leadership certification on the postgraduate programme, while home schooling her children.
|Professor Dot Newbury-Birch, Professor (Research), Teesside University
Dot has worked tirelessly to motivate and encourage her team throughout the pandemic – and has always been there for a friendly chat and a virtual cuppa when her colleagues need it. For Dot, being inspirational means working with her team of incredible women and men to ensure they are always looking towards the next step, and believes that together we can pave the way.