Professor Gill Valentine
Gill is an outstanding ambassador for equality in academia as both the Vice-President & Head of Faculty for Social Sciences and the University’s Senior LGBT Champion.
In her role as a spokesperson for LGBT colleagues, Gill engages with the views of people at all levels of the University. She represents the needs of LGBT staff to the University Executive Board in order to ensure that equality remains at the forefront of University policy.
Promoting equality also influences Gill’s world-leading research. She has won the highly regarded Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographies Gill Memorial Award for contributions to Geography and gender, as well as the Murchison Award for her work on the geography of difference, equality and diversity, and a Philip Leverhulme prize for high achieving scholars.
In her career to date Gill has won research grants with a value of over £5 million, including a prestigious European Research Council Advanced Investigator award, and has published 15 books and over 150 articles. Gill is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and plays an active role in both her discipline of Geography and wider social science communities.
As Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Gill has developed a leadership team that together have defined a set of interdisciplinary thematic priorities for the Faculty, quadrupled its research income, produced creative innovations in learning and teaching and developed a set of strategic international partnerships aligned with funding priorities.
Gill’s colleagues said: “Gill champions LGBT staff at all levels of the institution and undertakes a number of activities in order to raise the profile of LGBT equality. This work has contributed to the University being ranked as a top 100 employer in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index. Her achievements are outstanding.”