International Women's Day 2017

Two members of the Chemistry department community have been celebrated recently as part of International Women’s Day 2017. Miss Pauline Boulding was selected as one of the sixteen women exhibited in the universities Portrait of a Woman photo gallery, and Dr Sarah Staniland was the latest recipient of the Suffrage Science award.

Portrait of a Woman 2017 – Miss Pauline Boulding

Miss Pauline Boulding exhibited in the Portrait of a WomanFirstly, as nominated by the chemistry department community, recently retired member of the support staff, Pauline Boulding, was selected as one of the sixteen women photographed as part of the Portrait of a Woman 2017 photo exhibition. The portraits (which can be viewed here) were commissioned to celebrate the women of the university who have made a special contribution to the university.

For those students who did not meet Pauline, she was the focal point of the chemistry department’s common room. She was the friendly, welcoming lady who researchers and academics will say was the heart of the tea room. She retired in 2015 after working at the university for 16 years.

The Suffrage Award 2017 – Dr Sarah Staniland

Sarah Staniland receiving her Suffrage AwardFresh off her award of the Harrison-Mendola Prize in 2016, Dr Sarah Staniland has become the latest recipient of the Suffrage Science award which recognises the achievements of women in science. Sarah received the award at the hand-over ceremony on Wednesday the 8th of March at the Royal Society in London.

This public engagement scheme was started in 2011 by the biomedical research institute, the MRC Clinical Sciences Council. In the years that have followed the award has been expanded to encompass the wide areas of science, Engineering and Physical Sciences in 2013 and most recently Mathematics and Computing in 2016.

The awards themselves are pieces of jewellery designed by students which act as a scientific “relay” with each of the twelve recipients of the group nominating successors two years later to hand on the jewellery. Sarah’s award itself was passed on from Dr Lorna Dougan from the University of Leeds who praised Sarah's passion and energy.

About the award Sarah said: “I am thrilled to receive this award. There is nothing more important than ensuring the great science of the future and diversity is key to this, so inspiring women to do and stay in a career in science is my great passion. I will use this 2 year award period as a focus to get a number of big and small initiatives actioned, from nursery care to grant funding over maternity leave, that I can’t wait to report back on in two years.”

Dr Sarah Staniland joined the department in 2013 and in 2017 was promoted to reader. Sarah’s research interests lies in bionanoscience, specifically on the formation of membranes surrounded by magnetite nanoparticles, further information can be found on her website. Sarah is also the chair of the departments Equality and Diversity committee, and in April 2016 the department was awarded the silver Athena SWAN award which recognises commitment to gender equality.

Written by:
Joe Clarke

With thanks to Sarah Staniland.