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Women of Achievement Awards 2021

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Recognising excellence: Our Women of Achievement 2021

The outstanding achievements of 28 colleagues have been recognised at this year’s Women of Achievement Awards.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simone Buitendijk, provided a welcome and introduction at this year’s special online ceremony, which was co-hosted by Professor Louise Bryant, University Academic Lead for Gender Equality, and Gillian Neild, Co-Chair of the Women at Leeds Network.

This year’s Women of Achievement:

Professor Anwesha Sarkar (School of Food Science and Nutrition)
Dr Catherine Davies (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies)
Catherine Lorigan (Student Education Service)
Dr Claire Savy (Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics at Leeds)
Dr Elizabeth Yi Wang (International Business Division)
Farhat Yaqoob (Chaplaincy)
Dr Fozia Bora (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies)
Fridey Cordingley (Communications)
Dr Gehan Selim (School of Civil Engineering)
Professor Helen Gleeson (School of Physics and Astronomy)
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor Dr Helena Marzo-Ortega (School of Medicine)
Professor Iyiola Solanke (School of Law)
Jenny Brady (Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence, Student Education Service)
Jo Hynes (Estates and Facilities, Facilities Directorate)
Professor Kate Dossett (School of History)
Professor Lisa Collins (School of Biology)
Dr Lisa Marshall (School of Food Science and Nutrition)
Professor Louise Bryant (Faculty of Medicine and Health and Academic Lead for Gender Equality)
Louise Heery (Research and Innovation Service)
Dr Michelle Morris (Leeds Institute of Data Analytics)
Dr Rachael Spraggs (Institute of Applied Geoscience, School of Earth and Environment)
Dr Rasha Kadry Soliman (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies)
Dr Rebecca Thompson (Astbury Biostructure Laboratory Electron Microscopy Facility)
Ruth Buller (Professional Services, Human Resources)
Dr Sally Rose (Staff Counselling and Psychological Support Service)
Professor Sarah Waters (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies)
Stella Foster (School of Chemical and Process Engineering)
Sue Green (Deputy Director, Residential Services)

Inspiring others:

Profiles of each of the Women of Achievement Awards 2021 celebrants, including their achievements and reason for nomination and their reaction to the announcement, will be published on For Staff during the coming weeks.

Portrait photographs of all this year’s celebrants will also be installed as part of our permanent exhibition in Parkinson Court.

This year’s Roll of Honour:

Bee Bond  (School of Languages, Cultures & Societies)
Dr Ceri Williams  (Research and Innovation Service)
Dr Charisma Choudhury  (Institute for Transport Studies and School of Civil Engineering)
Dr Christina Edgar  (Student Education Service)
Claire Copley  (Wellbeing, Safety and Health)
Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira  (School of Politics and International Studies)
Professor Eleanor Scott  (Institute of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Medicine)
Professor Elizabeth Rose  (International Business Division)
Professor Fiona Smith  (School of Law)
Hannah Preston  (Leeds University Business School)
Professor Ingrid Sharp  (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies)
Jane Harris  (Student Counselling Centre)
Jenny Lyon  (Student Education Service)
Dr Joslin McKinney  (School of Performance and Cultural Industries)
Dr Kathryn Watson  (Leeds University Business School)
Kelly Forster  (Sustainability Service)
Dr Leila Jancovich  (School of Performance and Cultural Industries)
Louise Powell  (Student Education Service)
Dr Lucie Middlemiss  (School of Earth and Environment)
Mrs Michelle Ellwood  (School of Medicine)
Professor Pam Jones  (School of Medicine)
Rebecca Dearden  (Secretariat)
Samantha Guy  (Human Resources, School of Medicine)
Sue Hayton  (Cultural Institute)
Professor Sue Pavitt  (School of Dentistry)
Professor Susan Bernal Lopez  (School of Civil Engineering)