Women of Achievement – Previous Finalists 2012-2018


Professor Barbara Evans , School of Civil Engineering
An outstanding and internationally leading researcher working in the field of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the global South.

Dr Claire Eldridge, School of History
Awarded the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize to mark the best first book in non-British history written by a historian awarded a degree by a British university, for From Empire to Exile: History and Memory within the Pied-Noir and Harki Communities, 1962-2012.

Professor Claire Honess, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies/Leeds Doctoral College
As Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies, Professor Honess established the Doctoral College, which brought unprecedented coordination and energy to the support of postgraduate researchers across the University.

Dr Cristina Stefan, School of Politics and International Studies
A Lecturer in International Relations, and Co-Director of the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P), Dr Stefan was awarded the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (March 2017).

Elizabeth Kapasa, School of Mechanical Engineering
Won the national Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine’s Spier’s Prize for Outreach 2017 for her contribution to promoting bioengineering.

Professor Fiona Meldrum, School of Chemistry
A world-leader in materials chemistry, she was awarded the 2017 Interdisciplinary Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor Jane Nixon, Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health
Made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to health research (2017), she leads a ground breaking programme of research into reducing the risk of patients developing pressure sores.

Dr Julia Steinberger, School of Earth and Environment
Won a Leverhulme Research Leadership Award to work on LiLi: Living well within limits. This important project explores how people’s needs can be met without compromising the integrity of the planetary system.

Dr Katie Field, School of Biology
Awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Biological Sciences in 2017 for her research on the diversity and evolution of plant-fungal symbioses.

Lenka Vráblíková, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
A Visiting Research Fellow with a sustained commitment to engaging others and fostering feminist networks and scholarship within the University and internationally.

Louise Banahene, Head of Educational Engagement, Student Education Service
Awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours (2018) list for her services to Higher Education. Responsibilities at the University include widening participation to maximise progression to, and success in, Higher Education regardless of background.

Dr Louise Ellis, Director of Sustainability Services        
As Director of Sustainability Services, made an enormous contribution to sustainability at the University through her energy, commitment and leadership.  Created a sector-leading Sustainability Strategy, developed through broad engagement with the University community and external stakeholders.

Dr Pamela Macpherson-Barrett, Head of Policy, Funding & Regulation, Strategy & Planning   
Played a leading role in the University’s TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) submission, for which the University was awarded Gold.

Professor Pınar Akman, School of Law    
Awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize 2017 which recognises “the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising”.

Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin, Centre for Decision Research, Leeds University Business School
Made Fellow of the Psychonomic Society (US), and a Fellow of the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging, and Retirement (NETSPAR), her research is of immense interest to academics and practitioners who seek to improve how people make decisions about their personal finances, health, sustainability, and climate change.


Professor Alison Fell, Professor, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Recognised for leading the ‘Legacies of War’ project at the University.

Dr Andrea Utley, Biomedical Sciences
Joint winner of the 2015 Cutlers’ Surgical Prize.

Dr Anja Schmidt, Dr, School of Earth and Environment
George Walker Award for Volcanology from the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior, 2015.

Antonia Jones, IT Service Desk
Awarded the Best Support Professional in the IT Service & Support Awards 2015.

Caroline Peacock, School of Earth & Environment
2015 European Association of Geochemistry Houtermans Medal.

Professor Cath Noakes, Professor, School of Civil Engineering
Recognised for her on-going leadership and commitment to the progression of female staff in the University

Emma McNamara, School of Law
Regional adult learner award 2014, NIACE Learning in Families and Communities Individual Award and the Access program award 2015

Professor Julia Brown, Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research
Achieved extensive research grant funding, served on 11 national committees and advisory boards, and her significant leadership in the field of clinical trials research was acknowledged in 2015 through the award of NIHR Senior Investigator status.

Kairen Skelley, Head of Business Start-up, Spark at the Careers Service
HE Enterprise Champion 2015 at the National Enterprise Educator Awards and developed and delivered the successful InTechnology Enterprise Incubator Programme.

Professor Karen Lucas, Institute for Transport Studies
Awarded the Edward L. Ullman award by the Association of American Geographers.

Lucy Bailey, School of POLIS
Recognised as Yorkshire Woman of Achievement in Education 2015

Professor Michelle Peckham, School of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Elected Vice President of the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS), and in 2016  assumed the Presidency, only the third woman to hold that prestigious position in the Society’s 175-year history.

Professor Ruth Wilcox, Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
Received a Suffrage Science Award, supported by the Medical Research Council and the Royal Society.

Sannia Farooque, School of Chemistry
Selected as one of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s 175 ‘faces of chemistry’ celebrating diversity in Science.

Dr Susan Hamer, Learning and Organisational Development NIHR Clinical Research Network
Named as one of the UK’s top 100 Clinical Leaders by the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

Viv Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Education, 2006-2016
Under Vivien’s leadership, Leeds established a reputation for excellence and innovation in taught student education, encouraging enquiry, discovery and achievement by bringing together academic excellence with active support for co-curricular opportunities.


Dr Andrea Jackson, School of Earth and Environment
National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2013.

Professor Anna Lawson, School of Law
Recognised for being the first blind woman to be appointed to a chair in Law in the UK and her recent appointment to the statutory Disability Committee of the EHRC where she will be heading up its work on access to justice.

Anne Clarke, Institute of Transport Studies
MVA Transport Prize for the best dissertation in Transport Planning & Sustainability (2013) and STAR conference prize (2014).

Cassandra Moseley, School of Healthcare
Inspirational Student Nurse of the year award (2014).

Jan Bilton, School of Medicine
The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) 3Rs Laboratory Technician Prize; 2013.

Professor Janet Watson, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Fellowship of the British Academy 2013.

Professor Jenny Jones, School of Chemical and Process Engineering
Won a bid to be the director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy.

Jillian Johnson, Artistic Director, Leeds University Concert Series, School of Music
MBE for services to music and higher education in Leeds 2013.

Professor Julia Newton Bishop, Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology
Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences; 2014.

Katherine Watson & Molly Cormican, School of Design
Textile Design students who won the Campaign for Wool’s national competition.

Professor Lindsay Stringer, School of Earth and Environment
Won the Philip Leverhulme Prize 2013.

Dr Lorna Dougan, School of Physics and Astronomy
Awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Macro Group UK Young Researcher Medal 2013.


Beverley Kenny, Head of Catering and Conferencing, Central Services
Made MBE for services to Higher Education, in recognition of conference and event management and catering, 2011 New Year’s honours list.

Dr Bridgette Bewick, School of Medicine
Awarded the Society for Study of Addiction (SSA) 2012 Fred Yates Prize.

Cheryl Frances-Hoad                                                                                                             
Formerly DARE Fellow in the Opera Related Arts at UoL, she received two prizes at the prestigious 2010 BASCA British Composer Awards.

Ella Jakubowska, School of English
Received the TARGETjobs Female Undergraduate of the Year award 2013.

Professor Griselda Pollock, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies
Award for Distinction in Feminist Scholarship and Research in Art History 2010 from the College Art Association (CAA) of America.

Professor Jennifer Kirkham, School of Dentistry                                             
Awarded the Charles Tome medal and prize lecture is awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons in recognition of outstanding contribution made to dental research, 2012.

Jennifer Rodley, School of Earth and Environment
Received the RSA/Edward Boyle prize for Skills Development Outstanding Student Award 2012.

Professor Liane G Benning, School of Earth and Environment
Professor in Experimental Biogeo-chemistry, she was awarded the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, tenure of award 2009-2014.

Rawia El Rashidy, Institute for Transport Studies
Gold medal in the young researchers in Europe competition 2012, for the Governance of the transport system pillar, one of six thematic pillars in the competition.

Professor Sheena Radford, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Director of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, she received the 2013 Carl Brändén Award, sponsored by Rigaku Corporation.


Professor Alison Ashcroft, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Institute of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Ron Hites Award for Outstanding Research Publication in the Journal of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry (JASMS)

Professor Anne Neville, School of Mechanical Engineering
The IMechE Donald Julius Groen award 2011. ERC Advanced Investigator award and elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Dr Bridget Wade, School of Earth and Environment
Alan Higgins Award and the Geological Society Wollaston Award

Professor Denise Bower, School of Civil Engineering
National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Professor Eileen Ingham, Faculty of Biological Sciences and iMBE
UKRC Woman of Outstanding Achievement Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2011

Dr Laura Coates, School of Medicine
UK Scopus Award in Biological Sciences 2011, in association with the Fulbright Commission,

Liz Meenan, School of Education
2011 Sigma Prize for an outstanding contribution to maths support

Professor Michaele Hardie, School of Chemistry
The Corday-Morgan medal, by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Dr Rhiannon Turner, Institute of Psychological Sciences
2011 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).

Sandra Karl, PhD in School of Earth and Environment
Poster Prizes American Geophysical Union 2011 & Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group, 2012

Jointly awarded the Kraft Foods Young Researcher Award for Cereal Research, for innovative and outstanding work in the field of cereal and/or healthy carbohydrate nutrition research:

  • Dr Clare Lawton (School of Psychology)
  • Professor Louise Dye (School of Psychology)
  • Kyriaki Myrissa (School of Psychology)
  • Lucy Struthers (School of Psychology)